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What you will do ...

In this section, you will learn about this module’s exercises. The required links above provide information on the frameworks used in each section. For example, the Socio-Technical System module provides background information on socio-technical analysis. The "Three Frameworks" module provides a further description of the ethics tests, their pitfalls, and the feasibility test. These exercises will provide step by step instructions on how to work through the decision points presented above.

Exercise one: problem specification

In this exercise, you will specify the problem using socio-technical analysis. The STS section of the Toysmart Case narrative (found at Computing Cases) provides a good starting point. In the first table, enter the information from the Toysmart case materials pertinent to the general components of a STS, its hardware, software, physical surroundings, people/groups/roles, procedures, laws, data. Some examples taken from the STS description at Computing Cases are provided to get you started. Then, using the second table, identify the values that are embedded in the different components of the STS. For example, PICS (platforms for internet content selection) embody the values of security and privacy. Finally, using the data from your socio-technical analysis, formulate a concise problem statement.

Exercise 1a:

Read the socio-technical system analysis of the Toysmart case at http://computingcases.org. Fill in the table below with elements from this analysis that pertain to your decision point.

Socio-technical system table
Hardware Software Physical Surroundings People/Groups/Roles Procedures Laws, Codes, Regulations Data and Data Structures
Holt Education Outlet Platforms for Internet Content Selection Cyber Space Toysmart the corporation Buying Toys Online COPPA Toysmart Customer Data Base

    Instructions for table 1:

  1. Go to http://computingcases.org and review the STS description provided for the Toysmart case.
  2. Pull out the elements of the STS description that are relevant to your decision point. List them under the appropriate STS component in the above table.
  3. Think about possible ways in which these components of the Toysmart STS interact. For example, what kinds of legal restrictions govern the way data is collected, stored, and disseminated?
  4. Develop your STS table with an eye to documenting possible ethical conflicts that can arise and are relevant to your decision point.
Values embedded in key software components in the Toysmart case. Emphasis on machine/software negotiation for privacy preferences in Internet transactions.
Values embedded by relevant software
Software / Value Embedded PICS (Platforms for Internet Content Selection) (Platforms for Privacy Preferences) SSLs (Secured Socket Layers) that encrypt pages asking for SS numbers
Security Embodies privacy and security by filtering objectionable data. Security selected over free speech. Integrates property with security and privacy by converting information into property. Realizes / supports security by sealing off domains of information.
Privacy Embodies privacy and security by filtering objectionable data. Security selected over free speech. Integrates property and security by filtering objectionable data. Security selected over free speech. Realizes and supports privacy by sealing off domains of information.
Property Integrates property with security and privacy by converting information into property Realizes and supports property by restricting access (intellectual property protected by excluding non-authorized access.
Free Speech Interferes with free speech by filtering content. Content can be filtered with recipient's awareness. Facilitates by permitting information exchange on model of property exchange. But this limits exchange by assigning it a price. Restricts access.
Justice (Equity and Access) Could be used to restrict access to ideas by filtering ideas. Thus it could cut off flow of information into the intellectual commons. Facilitates by permitting information exchange on model of property exchange. But this limits exchange by assigning it a price. Because it restricts access to a domain, it can be used to reduce or cut off flow of information into the intellectual commons.

Questions & Answers

what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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