About the Team

Computing Ethics Narratives is an interdisciplanary

project that seamlessly integrates ethics into undergraduate computer science curricula using film and textual narratives


Funded by the Responsible Computer

Science Challenge.

Ethics instruction within undergraduate computer science (CS) programs has traditionally been structured as a single stand-alone course that may or may not be part of the required undergraduate CS sequence.

There is a growing movement that identifies the need for an integrated model to infuse evidence-based ethics instruction throughout an entire undergraduate CS program. The Computing Ethics Narratives (CEN) project funded through the Responsible Computer Science Challenge, a partnership of Omidyar Network, Mozilla Foundation, Schmidt Futures, and Craig Newmark Philanthropies, builds upon existing work on embedding ethics into undergraduate computer science (CS) instruction with two significant additions.

First, we focus on how narratives (fiction and non-fiction) can help CS students to examine their own responsibilities, biases, and ethical reasoning skills as a part of any technology design, deployment and testing process. Second, the project is powered by a searchable, annotated multi-media archive (CEN Repository) for both CS faculty and students to access and store narratives, instructional resources, and course units for teaching computing ethics across the core curriculum (Cooper, Nascimento, and Doore, 2019).

The CEN archive of narratives is organized in two dimensions, technology areas, and narratives areas. While the former captures technical enablers of technologies such as hardware and software artifacts, the later structures how these artifacts are embedded in our lives through different types of stories, such as Government Civil Surveillance, Scientific Innovation, Telemedicine, and so forth. Here is a summary of the distribution of the archive according to these two dimensions.