INFO 5260

INFO 5260

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2023-2024.

This experimental, collaborative and seminar-based class will explore the material ethics of computing – the ways in which computing rests upon, emerges from, and ultimately returns to the earth, with deep and sometimes negative implications for sustainability, equity and justice in a rapidly changing world. Drawing on journalistic sources and academic fields ranging from anthropology, philosophy, public policy and environmental ethics to law, science and technology studies and human-computer interaction, the course will examine problems of computing-related sourcing and extraction, energy and consumption, and waste and repair, and how these are distributed and experienced in vastly different ways by different social groups and actors. Cases and examples will be drawn from near-to-hand and around the world.

When Offered Spring.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: INFO 1200 or INFO 1260 or CS 1340 or permission of instructor.

  • Explain and critically assess the material foundations and implications of computing, including as these relate to locations and communities around the world.
  • Examine and explain your own values and policy preferences around the material ethics of computing, and offer reasoned arguments to support them (including in dialogue with the potentially differing positions of others).
  • Discuss and appraise the key institutional, regulatory, and legal processes shaping questions of computing and sustainability in the U.S. and in other jurisdictions.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: INFO 4260STS 4260

  • 3 Credits GradeNoAud

  •  9879 INFO 5260   SEM 101

    • F Upson Hall 222
    • Jan 22 - May 7, 2024
    • Jackson, S

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    This course is restricted to INFO MPS students. If you do not meet the enrollment criteria for the course, please add yourself to the waitlist.