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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Computer Engineering Cases

Case studies on ethics for computer and software engineers

  • An AI Ethics Case Study

    Concern is high over possible misuses of new AI technology which generates text without human intervention.

  • A quality assurance engineer must decide whether or not to ship products that might be defective.

  • A computer startup company risks violating copyright laws if it reuses a code that is the intellectual property of another company.

  • Full transparency might prevent a project leader from closing a deal with a valuable client. Should he still clarify the situation to his client?

  • A technical sales engineer feels pressure to falsify a sales report in order to prevent the delay of her company's IPO.

  • When a computer filled with personal data gets stolen, a data company must decide how to manage the breach in security.

  • Employees of a computer hardware company are angered by a manager that demonstrates favoritism.

  • A computer engineer is asked to divulge private medical data for marketing purposes.

  • In this ethics case, a woman is displeased with her work role at a computer hardware company.

  • A new hire at an electronics startup struggles to decide between telling the truth and maximizing the company's profit.