Examines the role of public policy in managing the tradeoffs between benefits and risks of new technology. Discusses how to evaluate U.S. technology policies against the standards of democracy, economic efficiency, and social justice.
Detailed exploration of the impact from computing technology at home, in the workplace, and to society and governments in this country and around the world. Students will help choose, explore, and present the topics to be discussed in this seminar class.
Student learning goals
Identify contemporary computing-related issues impacting society
Describe the technical, industry, legal, public interest, and related policy background and concerns related to computing-related issues
Identify and describe the roles of government, private industry, and the public in resolving issues
Communicate with others regarding background, findings, and recommendations
General method of instruction
No special computing expertise required. Course recommended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students from all areas who can share their expertise in helping to explore the issues.
Class assignments and grading
Individual work activities and class participation.