CCTP-708-01 International/Comparative Privacy & Surveillance
Spring for 2015-2016
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.
International/Comparative 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. Assignments include weekly blog posts, which will culminate in a final paper and presentation.
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