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Micaela Eisman Shaun Raj.  Introduction  Definitions  Professional Applications  General Professional & Ethical Standards  Whistle-blowing  Case.

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1 Micaela Eisman Shaun Raj

2  Introduction  Definitions  Professional Applications  General Professional & Ethical Standards  Whistle-blowing  Case Study  Summary

3  “The rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc.” [1]  ‘NUFF SAID!

4  Respecting others’ intellectual property by giving due credit.  Avoiding conflicts of interest.  Rejecting bribery.  Honesty and realism in stating claims and estimates.  Etc.

5  IEEE:  Seek, accept, and offer honest criticism.  Improve the understanding of technology.  Avoid injuring others, their property, reputation, or employment by false or malicious actions.

6  ABET:  Ability to apply knowledge of math, science, and engineering.  Design and conduct experiments as well as analyze and interpret data.  Effective communication.

7  ASEE:  Enhancement of human welfare with application of skills.  Undertake professional responsibilities only in areas of competence.  Treat all people fairly, regardless of ethnicity, gender, age, religion, profession, etc.

8  “One who reveals wrongdoing within an organization to the public or to those in positions of authority.” [2]

9  2006: Thomas Drake  Executive at NSA, worried about post 9-11 surveillance. Reported to the newspaper – indicted for obstruction of justice and espionage.  1996: Jeffrey Wigand  VP for R&D at Brown and Williamson Tobacco, admitted the company doctored nicotine content to make their product more addictive.  1972: W. Mark Felt  Gave information to bring down Nixon during Watergate.

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11  Should he have blown the whistle?  Should he have placed the welfare of others over his career?  Did the Energy Department manage the concern properly?  Should the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board have gotten involved?

12  (1980) SSA requested new computers for field offices – gave contract to Paradyne for $115 million for 1800 computers  Provide access to central database for processing claims and issuing new SSN’s  Computers failed initial testing, so the SSA relaxed specifications  After delivery, many malfunctioned

13  Paradyne proposed selling P8400 computer with P105 OS, which was not built yet  RFP prohibited prototypes  Parts were not tested before integration  Bid was written as though the OS was already in existence  Paradyne demoed a different computer system, not the one they intended to sell to the SSA

14  Results:  Put secure information at risk  Took 2 years to resolve, wasting government resources and time: ▪ Justice Department ▪ Health and Human Services

15  Ethical Issues:  Company lied about the state of the product  Adequate testing was not performed  Should the SSA have relaxed requirements after initial testing?  Should the SSA reopen bids after requirements were relaxed?

16  Introduction  Definitions  Professional Applications  General Professional & Ethical Standards  Whistle-blowing  Case Study  Summary

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19  http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/ethics [1]  http://www.thefreedictionary.com/whistle-blowing [2]  http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jul/06/nation/la-na-adv-nuclear- whistleblower-20110705  http://www.onlineethics.org/Education/instructessays/herkert2.aspxhttp ://www.onlineethics.org/Education/instructessays/herkert2.aspx  http://www.ieee.org/about/corporate/governance/p7-8.html  http://www.asee.org/member-resources/resources/Code_of_Ethics.pdf  http://www.ele.uri.edu/courses/ele400/f12/cases.pdf  http://www.troll.me/2011/07/08/philosoraptor/is-it-ethical-to-question- the-ethics-of-your-ethics-professor/  http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2011/05/30/10-whistleblowers-heard-around- the-world/


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