DPI-685: 2025 Vision and Information Policy: Considering the Public Interest

Semester: Not Offered

Credit: 1.0

Faculty: Nolan Bowie


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If knowledge is always incomplete and information imperfect, how do policymakers plan for future events and the consequences of change in Internet time? This course will focus on public policies of the long term; year 2035 and beyond. Anticipating Web 4.0 or 5.0 and a new “Internet of things” connected to the cloud, mobile phone and wearable PCs with voice-enabled search and display, real-time language translation, and always-on universal, ubiquitous, ultra-speed connectivity to any kind of digital content from anywhere produced by everyone. What key policy questions will determine whether this future information society will be good, bad, or ugly? Will privacy have disappeared in a virtual panopticom? Will new technologies, big data and predictive analysis save us from global warming, terrorism, food and water wars? Will global universal access to ICT give all individuals an effective voice in determining policies that effect them, and, empower their communities? Or, not?! Students, in collaboration with one another (Collective Genius), will consider different assumptions and values leading to different futures. Sci-fi novels and movies as well as traditional texts, the blogosphere, trend reports, and the predictions of "experts," think tanks, and the work of creative speculators will be used to think about how society may attain desired outcomes and avoid dystopia, notwithstandingwild cardsandblack swans.

Not offered in 2015-16.





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