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|Meet Day||M/W||10:15 AM - 11:30 AM||L130|
This course will investigate the intersection of modern digital technology and policy, centering on questions of security, crime, and conflict. In the course of this investigation, we will also touch on problems having to do with technology and privacy and the use (and abuse) of big data in the policy arena. The course does not presuppose technical knowledge on the part of the students, but will cover foundations of digital technology as we investigate these topics. The course will look at what sorts of policy can be adopted given the technology, as well as how (and if) the technology can be changed to support different policy objectives. The course will require a series of short (one to two page) individual papers, combined with longer group assignments. Students will also be required, either individually or in a small team, to do a term project and write up the results of that project.