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You Be the Judge
Transcript of You Be the Judge
Text Discussion Questions
Who is Terry Childs?
Network Administrator for the city of San Francisco
Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert
Hundreds of hours of Cisco equipment expertise
Creator of FiberWAN
FiberWAN: Childs' Child
What is FiberWAN?
San Francisco's multi-million dollar computer network
Database of important city information
Payrolls, Police records, Official E-mails, etc.
Terry Childs was arrested, charged with four felonies, and put on $5 million bail.
Cost $200,000 in repairs
Considered Childs' a "rogue employee."
Childs is liable for damages.
Protecting his database
Doing what he thought was best, although misguided.
An Interdepartmental audit in 2008 revealed Childs' master control over FiberWAN.
A Valuable Culprit
When asked to hand over the passwords, Childs gave "dummy codes" and refused.
The city of San Francisco
1. Do you agree with the jury that Childs is guilty of tampering?
Perspective of SF? Of Childs?
2. Is Childs a single point of failure?
1. What could the city of San Francisco have done to prevent the situation?
2. Why do you think Childs gave up the password to the Mayor although he was already found guilty?
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Vijayan, Jaikumar. "After Verdict, Debate Rages in Terry Childs Case." Computerworld. N.p., 28 Apr. 2010. Web. 15 Sept. 2013. <http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9176068/After_verdict_debate_rages_in_Terry_Childs_case?pageNumber=1>.
O'Brien, Timothy. "Terry Childs: San Francisco's Imprisoned FiberWAN Administrator." - O'Reilly News. N.p., 18 July 2008. Web. 15 Sept. 2013. <http://news.oreilly.com/2008/07/coverage-of-terry-childs.html>.
Ethics & Privacy
the right to determine when, and to what extent, information about you can be gathered and or/communicated to others.
Property & Accessibility Issues:
Determining the ownership of information and who has access to it.