The Moral Failure of Computer Scientists – The Atlantic

In the 1950s, a group of scientists spoke out against the dangers of nuclear weapons. Should cryptographers take on the surveillance state?

Physicist Philip Rogaway charged a group of computer scientists, mathematicians and cryptographers with “moral failure: By allowing the government to construct a massive surveillance apparatus, the field had abused the public trust.”

He compares the creation of digital surveillance to the political use of science in the Manhattan Project and in the Reagan-era Strategic Defense Initiative. Where do engineers and scientists see their roles as having a moral and ethical dimension?

Source: The Moral Failure of Computer Scientists – The Atlantic

Author: Jason

Rev. Jason Wells is the executive director of the New Hampshire Council of Churches. Prior to this position he served Episcopal congregations in New Hampshire for 13 years after his ordination in 2004. Jason is also a board member of the ACLU-NH. He is a former president of the Greater Concord Interfaith Council and has served on the Episcopal Church's committee on ecumenical and interfaith relationships. Jason received a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and also holds bachelors degrees in computer science and mathematics from Southern Methodist University.