CCTP-692 Privacy and Security: Creating Trust in Globally Networked Societies
Spring for 2017-2018
Pearson, Harriett
From identity theft to pretexting to outsourcing to social networking—how do we maintain trust in institutions and each other in the face of rapid change? Modern technologies, cultural norms and business practices create an exponentially different set of challenges than our society confronted even a decade ago.

This seminar considers the challenges to citizen and consumer trust posed by significant developments such as international terrorism and the global adoption of the Internet and other networked technologies. We will work with an interdisciplinary set of readings, speakers and projects—really the only way to approach such a complex and important set of topics.

Seminar participants will first develop a foundational understanding of the major US and international legal and policy “trust” frameworks within which individuals interact with business, government and each other. Readings and class discussion will then treat a range of current and in many-cases high-profile issues including:

• Citizen trust: homeland security and government surveillance
• Globalization, trust and emergence of new corporate models
• Can the private sector be trusted? The role of industry self-governance in security and privacy
• Can the individual be trusted? Issues raised by social networking (vlogs, audiocasts, blogs tagging, rating and so on)
• The role of the private sector: Operationalizing trust and the new professions emerging as a result
• Identity and Trust: Understanding identify theft and fraud
• If you can’t trust the health care system who can you trust? Maintaining trust in a system in crisis and in change
• Trust leaders and losers: Case studies and discussions with high-level guests

The culmination of the seminar will result in an original piece of scholarship by each participant, applying what we will have read and discussed to the challenge of designing a better system to enable trust in a globally-integrating economy and society.

Taught by the first Chief Privacy Officer in the Fortune 500, this seminar will be taught at the intersection of theory and cutting-edge, real world experience.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None


CCTP-692-01 Privacy, Security and the "Digital" Trust
Spring for 2017-2018
Pearson, Harriett
Our era bears witness to a set of powerful trends: pervasively easy communications enabled by technology; globalization of economies and institutions; and digitization of society's most critical infrastructures. As these trends manifest themselves, civilized society is forced to grapple with the security and privacy implications. Seminar participants will read widely in a quest to understand the historical underpinnings of society's approach to privacy and security law, policy and norms. We will review the fundamental policy and legislative frameworks that guide US and global approaches to privacy and security. We will debate vigorously the sufficiency of these frameworks and models to serve in the context of rapid and fundamental change -- for example, what does using Facebook and other social networks do to privacy and personal security, and existing laws? What do government efforts to secure cyberspace mean for individual privacy? How can organizations work to keep individuals' trust while collecting and using increasing amounts of information on a global basis? Taught by a global privacy and security practitioner and thought leader, this seminar will fuse real-world insights with history, policy and theory.

Students will research and write two original papers, at least one of which will be suitable for publication if desired. We will take advantage of Georgetown's location and have several prominent experts speak with us during the semester.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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