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Safe Space for Alt-Views
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Safe Space for Alt-Views

 Not everyone who questions computational hegemony is appealing to magic, mysticism, or divinity.

Gaming the System: Definition
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Gaming the System: Definition

To game a programmed system means thwarting non-programmed intention.

Now What? Order and Test
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Now What? Order and Test

Exploring minimal control flow operations ends in flowcharts.

Misnomer and Malgorithm
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Misnomer and Malgorithm

The algorithm should be respected; the malgorithm should be rejected.

First-Year Research Sources
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First-Year Research Sources

Identifying publications for first-year research requires some digging and some non-standard choices.

Deadlines of the Digital Turn
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Deadlines of the Digital Turn

Sometimes the digital turn forces us to designate things that aren't there.

Trolleyspotting
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Trolleyspotting

The Trolley Problem is not for solving, but for exploring.

Computing Ethics and Teaching It
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Computing Ethics and Teaching It

Ethics can and should be presented to computer science students in appropriate ways.

The Virus Analogy and Validation
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The Virus Analogy and Validation

The comparison between organic viruses and computer viruses is compelling.  But why?

Voting as Tallying in Public
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Voting as Tallying in Public

Voting requires common acknowledgement.  Can that be achieved in automation?

The Vote as a Declared Datum
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The Vote as a Declared Datum

A vote is a datum that sheds its original identity but persists.

Voting, Coding, and the Code
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Voting, Coding, and the Code

Voting is more than counting.

Vice Epistemology of the Internet
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Vice Epistemology of the Internet

How can we apply virtue epistemology to the problem of fake news?

Lessons from a First-Year Seminar
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Lessons from a First-Year Seminar

Teaching a first-year seminar to a mixed group musters the basics of computer science.

Variable Vagaries
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Variable Vagaries

The variable, construed as an L-value, makes some offbeat appearances.

The Artificialistic Fallacy
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The Artificialistic Fallacy

Ethics discussions of artificial intelligence reveal a fallacy of omission.

What Is a Variable?
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What Is a Variable?

A stab at a definition, for outsiders, of what we in computing mean by the term "variable" raises more questions than it answers.

FictionStein
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FictionStein

Science fiction like Frankenstein nudges readers to confer humanity but nudges them away from moral fortitude.

Tech U­ser Responsibility
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Tech U­ser Responsibility

User support presents serious challenges that are aggravated by indeterminate client responsibility.

First-Class Philosophical Failure
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First-Class Philosophical Failure

Interrogation of "first-class object" as an analog to human life goes nowhere.
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