David Alan Grier

The Errant Hashtag

The Errant Hashtag is a column that wanders through the world of computer science and computer engineering. It looks for the human element, the people who create the new technology and tries to understand how they innovate. It is supposed to be an interactive column, a chance for people to tell their own stories and help us understand the state of the technological world. It is a column about people, about what they do, and about how they contribute to the field of computing

David Alan Grier, an associate professor of international science and technology policy at George Washington University, is an IEEE Fellow and the author of the forthcoming book, "The Company We Keep". Contact him at grier@gwu.edu or on Twitter @dagrier.

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The Ethical Dilemma

It's not just right or wrong.  Ethics means something more than that.  There is an ehtical component to almost anything that we do.  But in most cases, the ethical component is the aspect that must engage the community.  We need the support and respect of a community for almost everything that we do.  How do we craft our technical actions to fit into this kind of framework.  This is the Ethical Dilemma. 


.From Computer's February 2013 issue. Visit Computer: http://www.computer.org/computer.

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