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  • New Resources for Teaching Responsible Computing

    The Mozilla “Teaching Responsible Computing Playbook,” New Case Studies, and More

    Feedback and additional contributions welcome!

  • URVR

    A VR Ethics Case Study

    With URVR recipients can capture and share 360 3D moments and live them out together.

  • VR Rage Room

    A VR Ethics Case Study

    VR rage rooms may provide therapeutic and inexpensive benefits while also raising ethical questions.

  • First Date

    A VR Ethics Case Study

    A VR dating app intended to help ease the stress and awkwardness of early dating in a safe and comfortable way.

  • This is Only a Test

    An Ethics Case Study

    Ethical questions pertaining to the use of proctoring software in online teaching.

  • On Cyber-Insecurity and the Common Good

    Developing Norms, Prioritizing Responses

    The cost of cyber-insecurity is already too high.

  • Pride, Prejudice, and Predictions about People

    On Avoiding Pitfalls

    It is a truth universally acknowledged—or at least a belief shared by many AI and machine learning researchers—that algorithms will be able to predict the behavior of individual human beings.

  • On “Trump Media”

    Without new laws and new conversations about the ethical norms associated with social media, the disinformation, polarization, and resulting violence will continue.

  • 10 Things You Should Not Do with AI (At Least For Now)

    … And maybe for the foreseeable future

    The expression "human in the loop" should be interpreted by humans.

  • ‘The Social Dilemma’ Is a Half-Missed Opportunity

    Netflix’s “The Social Dilemma” tries to sound the alarm on the dangerous human impact of social networking.