CS407: Politics of Cyberspace

FALL 2019

MWF 12:00-03 - 12:49:57 IN MACK 305

As computing and networking technologies increasingly pervade the worlds of business, government, science, law enforcement, the military and entertainment, political and policy considerations also increase in importance as the Internet reaches an ever-greater portion of humanity. Highly controversial subjects involving government actions, legal theory, ethical judgements, international relations, and economic analysis are introduced with reference not only to historical developments of the last several decades but also to recent news reports. The course assumes only a rudimentary familiarity with the basic concepts and terminology of modern Internet usage and computing and is not a technology-focused course. This course offers students from all majors the opportunity to explore policy issues in greater depth than in technology-oriented courses they may have taken. Information-technology courses are not a prerequisite and students from all majors are welcome.

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors and seniors except with permission of the instructor after a personal interview to establish that freshmen and sophomores have the intellectual baggage and ability to do well in the course and contribute to the high level of discussion. (3 Credits).

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