CMSC 198I: The Science behind Computing: What makes Web Search, Navigation Systems and Social Media work?

Spring 2011

Section 0101 and 0102

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Project 1: Should sales of items made online be taxed? Why or why not?
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Project 2: Is it ethical for a company to profit from the work produced by others without giving royalties?
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Project 3: Should companies that collect data about individuals sell this data for profit (say for marketing purposes)? Should they share these profits with the people whose data is being sold?"
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Project 4: Should companies be allowed to sell items on websites that are banned in certain countries? What if a Dutch internet company was enabling the sale of narcotics in the US? Is the Dutch company to be held responsible?
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Project 5: What do you think of online impersonation? What laws should exist to forbid this? For example, I could create an email account “Barack.Obama@gmail.com” ansend email to people. Should this be a punishable crime?
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Project 6: Should there be a law that forbids people from sending email to thousands of people (spam)?
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