Technology Policy & Ethics – March 2018

The Slow Tech Journey: An approach to teaching corporate social responsibility – Part II, Continued.

By Rebecca Lee Hammons, Norberto Patrignani, and Diane Whitehouse

In the last newsletter, the authors provided additional insight into the importance of the Slow Tech Journey and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and shared a case study of Apple’s CSR policies and practices based on a review of a variety of artifacts gleaned from several sources. This newsletter provides two final, internationally-based case studies for the reader’s consideration and recommendations for the integration of such case study analysis into the Information and Communication Sciences (ICT) curriculum.

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Future Directions in Privacy-Enhancing Video Surveillance

By Ankur Chattopadhyay and Donxay Rasavong

As today’s video surveillance technology continues to get smarter exponentially, the debate on privacy versus security keeps on getting strong momentum with new questions coming up [6, 7]. The terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001 gave the United States Government the power to blur the line between privacy and security without any major pushback by the American public. In today’s digital era of social media platforms and smartphones, as surveillance mechanisms keep on evolving with technological advances in computer vision, person re-identification (ReID) [2, 6] has emerged as a new threat to privacy in video surveillance. In a way, it challenges the Fourth Amendment in the American Constitution.

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