Responsible Computer Science Challenge

Responsible Computer Science Challenge


This Global Community of Practice is a curated and supported global community working towards integrating social responsibility and ethics into computing curricula. This community of practice has a specific focus on pedagogy and teaching, with the aim to support a cross disciplinary group of people. If you identify with this community, sign up here.

This community includes people who are part of the Responsible Computer Science Challenge, and those working more broadly with computing, social responsibility responsibility, and ethics curricula. This community includes disciplines outside of computing that are critical for computing. It includes academics, researchers, industry practitioners, Computer Science education researchers, pedagogy experts, and more. The community of practice will offer opportunities for collaboration, peer learning exchange, and periodic presentations and events relevant to social responsibility, ethics, computer science, research, pedagogy, and technology.

The goals of this community:

  • Provide a platform for sharing and scaling pedagogy ideas
  • Spark cross disciplinary insight
  • Collaborate with a global cohort
  • Continue work beyond the Responsible Computer Science Challenge

The Global Responsible Computer Science Community of Practice exists to build on a few key aspects of the Responsible Computer Science Challenge (if you’re not a member, sign up here):

To what extent is this approach likely to lead to a healthier internet and greater integration of ethical reflection and societal consideration into the tech industry?

Movement Building
Does this applicant help to engage new and diverse perspectives in the conversation about ethics and technology?

Is this approach likely to be scalable to other courses or universities? Is there a clear plan for and commitment to dissemination, sharing and working open?

Task Forces

Over the past few months, we have created task force groups comprised of awardees to work through some shared challenges. The four task forces are:

  • Repository of Content: Create an online repository to host classroom content for integrating ethics and responsibility in computing

Team Members: Oliver Bonham-Carter, Augustin Chaintreau, Stacy Doore, Casey Fiesler, Helena Mentis

  • Edited Research Edition: A peer-reviewed book, journal, or collection on the pedagogical approaches for integrating ethics in computing.

Team Members: Jason Borenstein, Stacy Doore, Elizabeth Edenberg, Casey Fiesler, Maggie Little, Sandra Matteucci, Jenn Winikus, Ellen Zegura

  • Online Handbook: An online handbook or guide on the execution of integrating ethics in computing at different institutions. This includes, but not limited to: getting started, convincing academic leadership, partnering with other faculty members, hiring and supporting a teaching team, grading, more more. A few inspirations: Digital service playbook, Ethical OS, MIT AI Blindspot

Team Members: Margo Boenig-Liptsin, Oliver Bonham-Carter, Cathryn Carson, Ron Cytron, Elizabeth Edenberg, George Gabb, Seny Kamara, Maggie Little, Xin Liu, Sukanya Manna, Sandra Matteucci, Kathy Pham, Atri Rudram, Subbu Vincent, Jenn Winikus, Ellen Zegura

  • White Paper(s): Writing a white paper on integrating ethics in computing (something the group felt was not already in existence)

Team Members: Augustin Chaintreau, Elizabeth Edenberg, Seny Kamara, Maggie Little, Helena Mentis, Atri Rudra, Marty J. Wolf

Each task force is led by a lead member that will convene their team on calls and in-person meetings (if necessary) to complete the work by July 2020. The task forces are designed to decentralize the work so that similar efforts continue beyond the current timeline of the Challenge.

This is part of a broader movement for a healthy internet. See more.