ACM Free Webcast on January 23

Posted by: Primal Pappachan

Announcement of January 23 Webcast with Don Gotterbarn and Keith Miller.* Please note that it is an ACM event and not an UMBC ACM Chapter event.

Register TODAY for the next free ACM Webcast, “Computing Professionalism: Do Good and Avoid Evil…and Why It Is Complicated to Do that in Computing,” presented on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 1 pm ET (noon CT/11 am MT/10 am PT/6 pm GMT) by Don Gotterbarn, Director of the Software Engineering Ethics Research Institute and Chair of the ACM Committee on Professional Ethics. The talk will be followed by a live question and answer session moderated by Keith Miller of the University of Missouri – St. Louis. (If you’d like to attend but can’t make it to the virtual event, you still need to register to receive a recording of the webinar when it becomes available.)

Note: You can stream this and all ACM Learning Webinars on your mobile device, including smartphones and tablets.)

Most computing professionals want to avoid evil and to do the right thing. But that isn’t always easy. Sometimes doing the right thing exacts a difficult price from the individual professional. Other times, it is difficult to know exactly what the right thing is.

In this presentation, we will try to help with both problems. Difficulties with these two problems contribute to failed systems, derailed projects, and significant negative impacts on society. We will introduce ways to migrate these risks based on current research in computing, ethics, and psychology.

We will put this into a larger perspective by discussing the international efforts to professionalize computing. These efforts are a mixed blessing, but they point to the importance of professional ethics in computing.

The duration of the webcast is 60 minutes. Speaker Profiles and registration details can be found here. Be sure to share this with friends and colleagues who may be interested in this topic. And check out our past events, all available on demand.

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