Wednesday, February 19, 2020

COMP7004 Class 04.3.& 04.4

We watched Das Leben Der Anderen (The Lives of Others). This movie depicts life in the final years of the DDR (East Germany).  We will discuss this in the next class.

Students might also find Deutschland '83 interesting. Although some people have criticised this for presenting too light hearted a view of life in the DDR. It is available to steam for free at

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

COMP7004 Class 04.2

We looked at data protection principles very briefly. We will look at data protection again.

We looked at the sources of law in Ireland. In particular we saw the difference between a Directive and a Regulation.

COMP7004 Class 04.1 (extra class)

We looked some more at privacy and discussed whether we value yo it for its intrinsic or extrinsic properties.  We settled on extrinsic.

We discussed the video we watch last week about credit rating agencies and proposed some solutions to the problems raised in the video. Most of the solutions look a lot like the rules we have in Europe.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

COMP7004 Class 03.2 & 03.3

We discussed codes of ethics some more and talked about the computer profession's obligations to society at large.

We discussed whistle blowing and considered some criteria for when it would be acceptable.

I asked students to define privacy.

We watched a video about Credit Scores.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

COMP7004 Class 03.1

Students got into small groups and each was given a professional ethical problem to resolve. We discussed the possible solutions.

I was surprised by the level of agreement.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

COMP7004 Class 02.3

We looked at the Professional Codes of Conduct for the IEEE, ACM, and ICS.

Students broke into groups and examined one of the case studies in the ACM code.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

COMP7004 Class 02.1 & 02.2

We discussed the issues raised in the Would You Kill the Big Guy radio programmes.  Most students listened to it like I asked. But there were one or two spoofers who pretended that they did.

I asked the students to do the Moral Machine in groups.

We looked at other sources of morlaity.

We looked at logical arguments and common fallacies.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

COMP7004 Class 01.3

We looked at Intuitionism and Consequentialism.

We looked at moral

I asked students to listen to Would You Kill the Big Guy before the next class.  Part I Part II

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

COMP7004 Class 01.1 & 2

I introduced myself and the module.  I talked abut the assessment and about the kinds of topics the module will cover.

We looked at sources of morality.  We discussed supernaturalism and the extent to which is is (not) useful in CyberEthics.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

COMP7004 Class 12.3

No students turned up. 

In light of this week’s attendance there seems to be little point in scheduling classes for next week. If anyone has any questions or issues please email me and we can arrange to meet.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Monday, April 29, 2019

Thursday, April 11, 2019

COMP7004 Class 11.3

At the start of class I asked if anyone had any questions on foot of the exam. There were none.

We watched Black Mirror: Arkangel

Only one student was prepared sit and watch it. Everyone else found one screen did not provide sufficient stimulation.

We had an interesting discussion afterwards.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

COMP7004 Class 11.2

One two students came to class. They were only there to get some assessment results, so in the end we didn't watch the video. We discusses the essay for about 10 minutes minutes and left.

Monday, April 8, 2019

COMP7004 Class 11.1

We watched Black Mirror: Nosedive. Afterwards in our discussion one student drew parallel with the system is use in the show, with the social ratings system in use in China that we saw earlier in the semester.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

COMP7004 Class 10.3

We had an in-class exam. Results will be available next week hopefully

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

COMP7004 Class 10.2 Cancelled

We had no class. I had to be somewhere else

Monday, April 1, 2019

COMP7004 Class 10.1

We looked at the Uniform Dispute Resolution Procedure (UDRP) for domain names.

The interesting local are we found was WIPO Case No. D2001-1187

Thursday, March 28, 2019

COMP7004 Class 09.3

Gerry & Ciaran gave a presentation: RFID & Privacy

Ciaran & Mark gave a presentation: Net Neutrality

Fayaz & Kevin gave a presentation: The Filter Bubble

There was time at the end of the class for about 2 unscheduled presentations. But there were no takers.

I gave some advice of the essays on foot of what I had seen in the representations. I put a recording of that on Canvas.

There will be no class next Wednesday.

Don't forget the exam is on Thursday.

COMP7004 Class 09.2

Tuguldur & Geraldine gave a presentation: AirB&B is Killing Communities

Sam & Dave gave a presentation: Morality of AI

Cathal gave a Presentation: Facebook Blurs the Boundaries be Public and Private Spaces

At the end of there for time for an additional presentation. I offered the time to anyone who wanted to give a presentation, but there were no takers.