Save the Date: Responsible CS Challenge Showcase

By Kathy Pham | Oct. 14, 2019 | Fellowships & Awards

Later this month, winners from the Responsible Computer Science Challenge will showcase their curricula in London

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When: Friday, October 25, 2019 from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Where: University College London, Room C3.09, 20 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London


This October in London, select winners from the Responsible Computer Science Challenge will showcase their lessons at the Integrating Ethics in Computing Symposium.

The presenting educators were awarded funds from Omidyar Network, Mozilla, and other Challenge partners after developing novel ways to integrate ethics into undergraduate computer science education. Learn more about the Challenge at http://responsiblecs.org, and more about the full list of winners here.

All students, faculty, and community members are invited; audience members are asked to bring their own water bottles and refreshments, as part of the UCL agenda of minimizing waste. Mozilla is grateful to University College London for hosting!

The five presenting winners are:

Margo Boenig-Liptsin (University of California, Berkeley)

This initiative integrates a “Human Contexts and Ethics Toolkit” into the computer science/data science curriculum. The toolkit helps students discover when and how their work intersects with social power structures. For example: bias in data collection, privacy impacts, and algorithmic decision making.

Augustin Chaintreau (Columbia University)

This approach integrates ethics directly into the computer science curriculum, rather than making it a stand-alone course. Students will consult and engage with an “ethical companion” that supplements a typical course textbook, allowing ethics to be addressed immediately alongside key concepts. The companion provides examples, case studies, and problem sets that connect ethics with topics like computer vision and algorithm design.

Casey Fiesler (University of Colorado)

This initiative integrates an ethics component into introductory programming classes, and features an “ethics fellows program” that embeds students with an interest in ethics into upper division computer science and technical classes.

Ellen Zegura (Georgia Institute of Technology)

This approach embeds social responsibility into the computer science curriculum, starting with the introductory courses. Students will engage in role-playing games (RPGs) to examine how a new technology might impact the public. For example: How facial recognition or self-driving cars might affect a community.

Maggie Little (Georgetown University)

Georgetown’s computer science department will collaborate with the school’s Ethics Lab to create interactive experiences that illuminate how ethics and computer science interact. The goal is to introduce a series of active-learning engagements across a semester-long arc into selected courses in the computer science curriculum.