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Micaela Eisman
Shaun Raj
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Introduction
Definitions
Professional Applications
General Professional & Ethical Standards
Whistle-blowing
Case Study
Summary
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“The rules of conduct recognized in respect
to a particular class of human actions or a
particular group, culture, etc.” [1]
‘NUFF SAID!
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Respecting others’ intellectual property by
giving due credit.
Avoiding conflicts of interest.
Rejecting bribery.
Honesty and realism in stating claims and
estimates.
Etc.
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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.
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ABET:
 Ability to apply knowledge of math, science, and
engineering.
 Design and conduct experiments as well as
analyze and interpret data.
 Effective communication.
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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.
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“One who reveals
wrongdoing within an
organization to the
public or to those in
positions of authority.”
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2006: Thomas Drake
 Executive at NSA, worried about post 9-11 surveillance.
Reported to the newspaper – indicted for obstruction of
justice and espionage.
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1996: Jeffrey Wigand
 VP for R&D at Brown and Williamson Tobacco, admitted
the company doctored nicotine content to make their
product more addictive.
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1972: W. Mark Felt
 Gave information to bring down Nixon during Watergate.
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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?
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(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
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Computers failed initial testing, so the SSA
relaxed specifications
 After delivery, many malfunctioned
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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
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Paradyne demoed a different computer
system, not the one they intended to sell to
the SSA
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Results:
 Put secure information at risk
 Took 2 years to resolve, wasting government
resources and time:
▪ Justice Department
▪ Health and Human Services
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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?
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Introduction
Definitions
Professional Applications
General Professional & Ethical Standards
Whistle-blowing
Case Study
Summary
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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-nuclearwhistleblower-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-questionthe-ethics-of-your-ethics-professor/
http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2011/05/30/10-whistleblowers-heard-aroundthe-world/

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