I spent August getting used to being back in class, and thinking about:

  • how do engineers think about engineering ethics on a day-to-day basis (if at all)?
  • just because we can build something, does that mean we should?
  • do engineering ethics stop with the technological product (in the case of software) or do they extend to the interactions engineers have with each other?
  • why did the engineering profession develop in the way that it did?
  • and (as always) what role does capitalism play in any of the above?

Below is a list of books and articles I read this month.

Angwin, J., Savage, C., Larson, J., Moltke, H., Poitras, L., & Risen, J. (2015, August 15). AT&T Helped U.S. Spy on Internet on a Vast Scale. The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/us/politics/att-helped-nsa-spy-on-an-array-of-internet-traffic.html
ASCE Code of Ethics. (2006).
Barry-Jester, A. M., Casselman, B., & Goldstein, D. (2015, August 4). Should Prison Sentences Be Based On Crimes That Haven’t Been Committed Yet? Retrieved from https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/prison-reform-risk-assessment/
Beiser, V. (n.d.). The Deadly Global War for Sand. Retrieved from https://www.wired.com/2015/03/illegal-sand-mining/
Chełkowski, T., Gloor, P., & Jemielniak, D. (2016). Inequalities in Open Source Software Development: Analysis of Contributor’s Commits in Apache Software Foundation Projects. PLOS ONE, 11(4), e0152976. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0152976
Downey, G. L. (2007). Low Cost, Mass Use: American Engineers and the Metrics of Progress. History and Technology, 23(3), 289–308. https://doi.org/10.1080/07341510701300387
Epstein, S. (1996). Drugs Into Bodies. In Impure Science: AIDS, Activism, and the Politics of Knowledge (pp. 208–234). University of California Press.
Franklin, S. (2007). Origins. In Dolly Mixtures: The Remaking of Genealogy (pp. 1–45). Duke University Press.
Gusterson, H. (1999). Nuclear Weapons and the Other in the Western Imagination. Cultural Anthropology, 14(1), 111–143. https://doi.org/10.1525/can.1999.14.1.111
Hudson, M. (n.d.). Kosovars Who Rebuilt War-Torn Village Face New Threat As World Bank Considers Coal-Burning Power Plant. Retrieved from http://projects.huffingtonpost.com/projects/worldbank-evicted-abandoned/kosovo-war-torn-village-coal-burning-power-plant
Kelty, C. (2005). Geeks, Social Imaginaries, and Recursive Publics. Cultural Anthropology, 20(2), 185–214. https://doi.org/10.1525/can.2005.20.2.185
Layton, E. T. (1971). Revolt of the Engineers: Social Responsibility and the American Engineering Profession (1st edition, edition). Cleveland: Case Western Reserve University Press.
Mehlman, A. (2015, August). The Genesis Engine. Retrieved from https://www.wired.com/2015/07/crispr-dna-editing-2/
Miller, C. (2015). Knowledge and Democracy: The Epistemics of Self-Governance. In Science and Democracy: Making Knowledge and Making Power in the Biosciences and Beyond. (pp. 198–219). London: Routledge.
Naparat, D., Finnegan, P., & Cahalane, M. (2015). Healthy Community and Healthy Commons: ‘Opensourcing’ as a Sustainable Model of Software Production. Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 19(0). https://doi.org/10.3127/ajis.v19i0.1221
Noble, D. F. (1979). America by Design: Science, Technology, and the Rise of Corporate Capitalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Pollan, M. (2009, July 29). Out of the Kitchen, Onto the Couch. The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/02/magazine/02cooking-t.html
Rajan, K. S. (2003). Genomic Capital: Public Cultures and Market Logics of Corporate Biotechnology. Science as Culture, 12(1), 87–121. https://doi.org/10.1080/0950543032000062272
Schmalzer, S. (2017). Teaching the History of Radical Science with Materials on Science for the People (1969–1989). Radical History Review, 2017(127), 173–179. https://doi.org/10.1215/01636545-3690943
Sclove, R. E. (1995). Democracy and Technology (1 edition). New York: The Guilford Press.
UCS Founding Document. (n.d.).
van de Poel, I., & Verbeek, P.-P. (2006). Editorial: Ethics and Engineering Design. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 31(3), 223–236. https://doi.org/10.1177/0162243905285838
Watered-Down Gen Ed for Engineers? (n.d.). Retrieved September 5, 2017, from https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/06/26/faculty-members-criticize-proposed-changes-gen-ed-accreditation-standards-engineers
Zou, L., & Cheryan, S. (2015). When Whites’ Attempts to Be Multicultural Backfire in Intergroup Interactions. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 9(11), 581–592. https://doi.org/10.1111/spc3.12203

One of the things I love most about working hard is tracking how hard I'm working. Total number of pages (including only the content above that contained page number data) read this month: 898