CCTP-708-01 International/Comparative Privacy and Surveillance
Spring for 2017-2018
Everyday headlines reveal reports of new threats to and invasions of privacy from government, corporate, and individual actors who collect and use information disclosed about us by ourselves and others through the connected devices that continue to flood society. New technologies force us to question how balance can be struck between privacy and security, innovation, and the rights of others. In this time of information policy influx, untangling old laws, new regulatory proposals, waves of best practices, and realistic enforcement is incredibly challenging and the subject of this course.
Comparative/International Privacy and Surveillance will provide students with the theoretical and policy tools and comparative skills necessary to engage on public policy issues involving privacy and surveillance in a global context. The course will first introduce major theories of information privacy and in surveillance studies, followed by a "technology of privacy/surveillance" project where students will breakdown chosen modern information technologies and practices to present in class. The majority of the course will be comparative. We will discuss international efforts to govern privacy and surveillance issues, and then students will delve into chosen regions to more deeply understand privacy and surveillance specific to often overlooked cultures.
• This course will provide students with expansive coverage of privacy and surveillance issues and the opportunity to develop comparative skills.
• At the end of the semester, students should be able to think critically about the current state of privacy, law, and technology, as well as the future concerns, and how these issues impact various cultures around the world.
Texts & Readings:
All readings will be posted on BlackBoard or linked from the syllabus.
Assignments & Expectations of Students:
Discussion Posts, Attendance, and In-class participation. 20%
Technology of Privacy or Surveillance 15%
Final Comparative Paper 50%
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