In autumn 1987, I created the Research Center
on Computing & Society (RCCS) at Southern Connecticut State University.
The mission of the Center was to advance the field of computer ethics
through research, conferences, workshops, university courses, curriculum
materials, and publications of all kinds.
To generate a robust network of thinkers who could work with the Research
Center on future projects, I decided to create (with help from Walter
Maner) a major conference on computer ethics that would bring together
computer professionals, philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, business
leaders, journalists and public policy makers. The result was the National
Conference on Computing and Values (NCCV) hosted by Southern Connecticut
State University in August 1991. The conference was funded, in part,
by two grants from the National Science Foundation. Four hundred people
attended from thirty-two states of the USA as well as seven other countries.
It generated a wealth of research and curriculum materials, including
six monographs, six video programs, and an extensive bibliography.
Most of the NCCV materials, as well as resources from many other Research
Center projects, can now be found on the RCCS
web site, which receives over 2 million hits
per year from over 120 countries of the world.