The teaching of computer ethics on computer science and related degree programmes. a European survey
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2021

Within the Computer Science community, many ethical issues have emerged as significant and critical concerns. Computer ethics is an academic field in its own right and there are unique ethical issues associated with information technology. It encompasses a range of issues and concerns including privacy and agency around personal information, Artificial Intelligence and pervasive technology, the Internet of Things and surveillance applications. As computing technology impacts society at an ever growing pace, there are growing calls for more computer ethics content to be included in Computer Science curricula. In this paper we present the results of a survey that polled faculty from Computer Science and related disciplines about teaching practices for computer ethics at their institutions. The survey was completed by respondents from 61 universities across 23 European countries. Participants were surveyed on whether or not computer ethics is taught to Computer Science students at each institution, the reasons why computer ethics is or is not taught, how computer ethics is taught, the background of staff who teach computer ethics and the scope of computer ethics curricula. This paper presents and discusses the results of the survey.


Teaching Computer Ethics

Computer Science Education

Computer Ethics


Ioannis Stavrakakis

Technological University Dublin

Damian Gordon

Technological University Dublin

Brendan Tierney

Technological University Dublin

Anna Becevel

Technological University Dublin

Emma Murphy

Technological University Dublin

Gordana Dodig Crnkovic

Mälardalens högskola

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Interaktionsdesign

Radu Dobrin

Mälardalens högskola

Viola Schiaffonati

Politecnico di Milano

Cristina Pereira

European Center for Information and Communication Technologies

Svetlana Tikhonenko

European Center for Information and Communication Technologies

J. Paul Gibson

Telecom SudParis

Stephane Maag

Telecom SudParis

Francesco Agresta

European Digital Learning Network

Andrea Curley

Technological University Dublin

Michael Collins

Technological University Dublin

Dympna O'Sullivan

Technological University Dublin


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