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Open Source PhD: August 2017

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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
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
Beiser, V. (n.d.). The Deadly Global War for Sand. Retrieved from
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.
Downey, G. L. (2007). Low Cost, Mass Use: American Engineers and the Metrics of Progress. History and Technology, 23(3), 289–308.
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.
Hudson, M. (n.d.). Kosovars Who Rebuilt War-Torn Village Face New Threat As World Bank Considers Coal-Burning Power Plant. Retrieved from
Kelty, C. (2005). Geeks, Social Imaginaries, and Recursive Publics. Cultural Anthropology, 20(2), 185–214.
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
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).
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
Rajan, K. S. (2003). Genomic Capital: Public Cultures and Market Logics of Corporate Biotechnology. Science as Culture, 12(1), 87–121.
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.
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.
Watered-Down Gen Ed for Engineers? (n.d.). Retrieved September 5, 2017, from
Zou, L., & Cheryan, S. (2015). When Whites’ Attempts to Be Multicultural Backfire in Intergroup Interactions. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 9(11), 581–592.

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