Olsson Professor of Applied Ethics
Technology, Culture and Communication
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400744
351 McCormick Road
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4744
Title of Presentation: "Can there be (not just bad but) immoral/evil software?"
Deborah G. Johnson is the Anne Shirley Carter Olsson Professor of Applied Ethics in the Department of Technology, Culture, and Communication in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences of the University of Virginia. Professor Johnson was given the ACM SIGCAS Making a Difference Award in 2000. In 2001 she received the Sterling Olmsted Award for "innovative contributions to liberal education within engineering education" by the Liberal Education Division of the American Society for Engineering Education.
Professor Johnson is the author/editor of four books: Computer Ethics (Prentice Hall, third edition, 2001); Computers, Ethics, and Social Values (co-edited with Helen Nissenbaum, Prentice Hall, 1995); Ethical Issues in Engineering (Prentice Hall, 1991); and Ethical Issues in the Use of Computers (co-edited with John Snapper, Wadsworth Publishing Co., 1985). She is currently at work on a new anthology a reader in Science and Technology Studies to be co-edited with J. Pitt.
Professor Johnson has published over 40 papers in a variety of journals and edited volumes. Her papers have appeared in Communications of the ACM, Ethics, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, The Monist, and The Encyclopedia of Ethics. She co-edits the journal Ethics and Information Technology published by Kluwer and is co-editing a book series on Women, Gender, and Technology with S. Rosser and M.F. Fox for University of Illinois Press.
Professor Johnson has taught courses on ethical theory; information technology, ethics, and policy; engineering ethics; and, values and policy. During 1992-93 she was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Operations Research of Princeton University where she worked on a National Science Foundation project on ethics and computer decision models. In 1994 and 1995 she received National Science Foundation funding to conduct workshops to prepare undergraduate faculty to teach courses and course modules on ethical and professional issues in computing. Currently she is co-principal investigator for another NSF grant to offer workshops on teaching computer ethics using the Web.
Active in professional organizations, Professor Johnson just completed a term as President of the Society for Philosophy and Technology and has taken on the Presidency of a new professional society, the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT). In the past she has served as Treasurer of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computers and Society and Chair of the American Philosophical Association Committee on Computer Use in Philosophy.