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Mozilla's Ambitious Plan to Teach Coders Not to Be Evil


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The Mozilla Foundation, Omidyar Network, Schmidt Futures, and Craig Newmark Philanthropies have launched an academic contest with the goal of incorporating ethics into undergraduate computer science classes.

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The Mozilla Foundation, Omidyar Network, Schmidt Futures, and Craig Newmark Philanthropies last week jointly launched an academic contest to incorporate ethics into undergraduate computer science education.

The Responsible Computer Science Challenge will award up to $3.5 million over the next two years to proposals that aim to make ethics relevant to young technologists.

Said Mozilla's Mitchell Baker, "We are looking to encourage ways of teaching ethics that make sense in a computer science program, that make sense today, and that make sense in understanding questions of data."

The initial stage of the competition will grant proposals a maximum of $150,000 to pilot their concepts firsthand, while the second stage will allocate another $200,000 to the best pilots so they can scale their programs to other universities.

Baker said the concepts should be underpinned by theories and ideas rather than philosophy, with the goal of developing a more humanistic way of considering technology.

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