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Arturo Rios

Weekly Discussions:
Week 1:
NOTE: THE THREADED DISCUSSIONS ARE DIVIDED ALPHABETICALLY INTO FOUR
COHORTS:
Cohort A: A-E
Cohort B: F-J
Cohort C: K-P
Cohort D: Q-Z
Participation is required in your specific cohort and optional (extra credit) in the other cohorts.
Read Blake Panos' ePaper from a previous semester. Then answer the same question he posed to
his ePaper peer team:
As a game designer, are you ethically responsible to consider the potential for addiction in the
game you create? Should a designer build time limits of play into their games in order to force
people to stop playing for a set amount of time?
Be sure to expand the discussion beyond the responses of his ePaper peer team.
Answer:
I think its a great idea but only for kids because if their addicted to the game and go on it every
day it can ruin their life and not have many experiences of playing outside like we are supposed
to than just staring on a screen for hours. Anyways, if their adults they have their own choice of
wasting their time on playing video games if they want too. But to go back at the question I dont
think its ethically responsible for the game designer that their players or clients are addicted to
their game because its up to them when to stop playing.
Week 2:
After reading the online newspaper article "Hoax Batters Tech Firm"
(http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Hoax-Batters-Tech-Firm-Stock-value-drops-2742069.php
) discuss who you think is responsible for the consequences of the hoax. What should the
punishment be? What should be done to prevent this in the future? What ethical connections can
be made to this story and recent events relating to the Enron corporation? Note that this article is
more than ten years old but the problem has not gone away. Use the Internet to learn more about
what happened in this specific case and/or provide your peers with similar stories and links.


Answer:
Well I say its the company fault for not checking that it was false information in the first place.
They should be punished by being sued from their clients and apologizing for what happened.
For in the future they should be checking everyones information and check its valid even if
they think its valid they should always research.
Week 3:
A few years ago a CSUMB student's parents requested copies of their child's emails (both sent
and received) after the student committed suicide. If you were the Chief Information Officer
(CIO) for the university how would you respond to their request? State the ethical issues
involved and your rationale for the action(s) you would take. As in every ethical issue relating to
IT we're exploring this semester, consider the differences between how we interact with digital
vs. analog information.
Answer:
Well as a student we don't completely share everything to our parents but when it comes down to
find reasons for the child's death I say they should have the right for having access to their child's
email to find information. It's kind of logic that the parents should directly have the rights. I
would say to them I understand that you need to find some information.

Week 4:
Under the heading of "what would you do if..." imagine the following scenarios and provide a
response for each. You walk into your 12-year old child's room and on his/her computer screen
you see: a) pornography b) instructions on how to build a bomb c) a guide to safer sex d) online
gambling
Answer:
Pornography & Guide to safety sex: If I wouldve caught my kids laptop with these pages I
would confront about him of why is he interested and does she/he has a relationship going on?
Talk to him about that she/he is too young and its not the time for him/she too have any sexual
relationship with its partner. I would talk my kid when is the right time and why is it always
important to be protected all times and tell my kid the bad facts of why my kid is not ready to
deal with a child.
Instructions of how to make a bomb: I would tell my kid if he/she was just curious about it or
whats on his/her mind? I would try to talk out of it of how dangerous it is and how it can
explode probably even show them a video of how dangerous to deal with a bomb so they can
change their mind about it.
Online gambling: I would ask my kid why you are gambling for if he/she needs money to ask me
about it and then we can make a deal. Just basically tell my kid that he/she is under aged and
that is illegal. Tell them how dangerous it is to make deals with other people and its not a game.



Week 5:
1) You use an ATM machine outside your local bank and it gives you an extra 20 bucks. The
receipt shows it gave you only the amount you requested for withdrawl. What do you do? 2) A
human teller makes a similar mistake as described above. You don't notice the extra $20 until
you're in your car. Again, what do you do?
Answer:
To be honest, if that ever happened to me and I am at my car I would be thinking for a decision
like that for a couple seconds. It also depends if I really need that money or not but I would most
likely just go on with my life because I would be too lazy to go back anyways and say, "I got an
extra $20?"

Week 6:

This is a long and two-part thread requiring you to respond to two questions. Much has been
presented in the press in the last few years about a series of suicides of young gay people across
the country who were victims of bullying. Because it is 2014, some of these incidents include
online bullying and, in the case of Tyler Clementi (a Freshman at Rutgers University), the
posting of sexual videos of him online without his consent. For more information on the
Clementi story start here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/29/dharun-revi-molly-wei-
charged_n_743539.html
In response to these suicides Dan Savage, a well known blogger in the gay community, started a
campaign called "It Gets Better." The original It Gets Better video has received hundreds of
thousands of hits, mostly because of postings on Facebook, and has led to others producing their
own videos for the project. For more information on the It Gets Better project start here:
http://www.itgetsbetter.org/ Interesting side story: too big for youtube...
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-
bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/08/MNVJ1FP6E1.DTL#ixzz11vbGHCar
Update on the Clementi trial: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/clementi-trial
Question 0ne: If you were an administrator at Rutgers, how would you discipline the students
involved in the Clementi incident and would you include the campus IT professionals in the
investigation?
Question Two: How effective do you believe the It Gets Better project can be in addressing the
issue of bullying young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth?
Answer:
For the first question, those students who were involved knew what they were doing and they
should know there will be consequences. By saying that, they should get expelled from that
University.
For the second question, I think that program is a great way to inform gay or lesbians students
when they are seeking for information or need to get contact with others. Anyways, this
community needs to expand more so gays or lesbians won't feel that they are alone.

Week 7:
In the Case Studies text *(available on reserve in the Library and from the instructor), Spinello
introduces us to the ethical theories of Immanuel Kant. In defining a "moral
compass," Kant believes we cannot exploit other human beings and treat them exclusively
as a means to our ends or purposes. The moral "law" can be reduced to the absolute
principle of respect for other human beings who deserve respect because of their rationality and
freedom, the hallmark of personhood for Kant. Some of these same ideas can be found in the
CSUMB vision statement: http://ideals.csumb.edu/vision
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<p>Read the vision statement and then consider the following: Does a public institution have a
right and/or a responsibility to &quot;institutionalize&quot; its idea of morality? What are the
potential positive and negative outcomes of doing this? Finally, does IT play a neutral role here?
And because things posted online never go away... you may also want to read this post:
http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=7246
Answer:
I believe that an public institution has the right to its idea of morality we are in America and we
do have our freedom to say or think however we want. The positive ways can happened that
everyone will accept each other and respect each other backgrounds and race. The negative
outcomes of trying to underestimated someone by not giving that person a chance to speak and
not understand their morals. Also I think IT does play a neutral role here because its like dealing
with gender issues of how woman supposedly cant do a mans job of being a nerd and know
how to use a computer and hack it.

Week 8:
<p>In a March 19 article from last year, the Monterey Herald wrote about racist activities on the
CSUMB campus. A brief statement refers to surveillance cameras. We've had numerous
discussions in class about privacy issues and have often referred to England's use of cameras in
public areas. What are the positive AND negative aspects of having surveillance cameras on our
campus? What are the ethical issues?
Answer:
I say the positive aspects of having surveillance cameras on our campus are always having safety
of students when they are alone in moments and by looking at the video tapes we can know
where someone was last seen or can be used as evidence against someone like bullying in school.
The negative aspects of recording of stuff that should not be recorded like kids making out in
public or smoking weed or any illegal drug and they get caught having it because of the tapes.
Some ethical issues are like privacy issues they should give people privacy when they need it
even if there in public and sharing videos of students without knowledge that can also be another
ethical issue about copyrights.

Week 9:
<p>A few years ago, CSUMB migrated from a proprietary and closed email system (FirstClass)
to Gmail, Google's Internet delivered system which offers many &quot;cloud-computing&quot;
features at a significantly reduced price (free*) to the University. The Gmail version
implemented is a university-oriented service with unique features and storage capabilities not
available in their standard package available to the public. From an IT user's perspective, what
do you think are the pros and cons of this decision to change email systems? From an IT
management perspective, what do you think are the pros and cons of this decision to change
email systems? What are the potential ethical issues for the university and how would you
recommend the administration address them? Finally, do you trust Google?
Answer:
I think its better because it does makes it easier for CSUMB to manage our Emails because they
are relying on an external vendor. Also it would reduce money but their will be more less jobs
because of that which is bad. Anyways, I trust google I haven't heard much bad news like people
getting hacked or stolen identities that the public would complain about that company. Plus if the
government makes a request to see someone's email than they will so either ways it won't matter.

Week 10:
<p>When the personal computer started to become popular it was often marketed as a product
that would reduce our society's need for paper and that we might even become a
&quot;paperless&quot; society. Recently, in a single year CSUMB used over 10 million sheets
of paper in its copiers and printers. Do you think CSUMB should be doing more to reduce its use
of paper? Is paper use an ethical issue for you personally? How &quot;green&quot; do you think
CSUMB is when it comes to other uses of communication technology? What would you
recommend, if anything, CSUMB should do to be more environmentally responsible in its use of
communication technologies?
Answer:
I think CSUMB should have estimates of every year of how many people print every year and
reduce by a little amount every time until they make a balance. But a student should always have
their equipment for their needs since we are paying for it. I think CSUMB does the same when
they try to balance of how many users use for communication technology. I dont know what to
recommend other than always having estimates every year and do some research and try to
predict the best total of how many papers should CSUMB spend and the same as communication
technology.

Week 11:

Over the last few years the University administration and faculty have been studying the
University Learning Requirements and how they serve students. One primary concern is that the
ULRs do not align with other CSU campuses which creates some problems for transfer students
and may discourage new students from applying to CSUMB. As a result of the investigations, a
number of proposals were presented and after significant feedback and revisions, one final
proposal called the Otter Model is currently being implemented. Like all of the proposals, the
Otter Model eliminates the Technology proficiency ULR, formerly satisfied by CST 101/Tech
Tools and a few other tech-related courses offered by other departments. Previously, we
discussed the Vision Statement. This week, consider the positive and negative effects, including
the ethical implications, of eliminating technology proficiency from the ULR/General Education
requirements.
Answer:
I think it really depends if the classes were good enough for students to take it. I remember
taking CST 101 and I learned a lot of using expel and how to blog online and I thought it was
interesting. But there were a few days that we didnt do much and it was just boring. But I
thought it was an important class for basic people on computers. I say it depends on the classes
and I think it should be offered for people with basic skills but it shouldnt be required more like
optional.
Week 12:
Last April's Boston Marathon bombings illustrate the power of digital forensics and "crowd
sourcing" to solve crimes. For this discussion you need to take two perspectives. First, consider
how Amatai Etzioni would assess the events in terms of individual privacy vs. communitarian
ideals. Second, state your views and then recommend policies for how the authorities should deal
with individual data acquired and shared on networks that may be useful in solving crime.
Answer:
I dont understand these questions completely but I will try anyways, I say Amatai Etzioni
should have his rights of privacy and same as his family should not be on the news and they
should be left alone no matter what he has done. Anyways, the second question I think it was a
smart idea of letting the public know where these criminals were last seen I mean if they are
wanted you cant do much about it other than announcing where they were last seen so they can
be captured and to be useful to solve crimes.

Week 13:
A lot of discussion has taken place in the blogosphere since Steve Jobs' death comparing his
importance, or the importance of the "inventions" he inspired, to other great American innovators
such as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Benjamin Franklin. Of the four, state where you rank
Jobs and why....
Answer:
From I heard from other classmates that Job wasnt much as an inventor and more like a business
guy and I agree so I would rank Jobs as the last one on this list.

Week 14:

Note: This thread is not intended to be a discussion but rather a personal reflection of your
scrapbooks. By this time you should have completed a minimum of 13 scrapbook entries. Of
your entire scrapbook portfolio, which single entry do you believe has the most relevance to this
course (looking at current Information Technologies from an ethical perspective). State your
rationale for your choice.
Answer:
So this article named, "The White House Wants A National Identity Ecosystem: A Bad Idea" by
Dr. Stephen Bryen, CTO Ziklag Systems, says how the White House is proposing a so called
"Identity ecosystem" for Americans. Its basically just saying that the government will own the
accounts and passwords for Americans which I think it's ridiculous. Anyways, I choose this
scrapbook week 6 because for me it's the most relevance that relates with the government and
our privacy rights with information technology.