This course explores the ethical and legal complexities of information and communication technology. By combining real-world inquiry with creative speculation, students will probe everyday ethical dilemmas they face as digital consumers, creators, and coders, as well as relevant policy. Students explore themes such as privacy, intellectual property, social justice, free speech, artificial intelligence, and social media. Student work will be both writing and project-based, and the coursework will draw heavily from real world controversies, current events, and science fiction. This information ethics and policy course is open to both graduate and undergraduate students, and is designed to be interdisciplinary, drawing from computer science, media and communication, and law.
This course surveys foundational theories and concepts in Information Science. Students will learn to read and reflect critically about seminal texts, tracing their intellectual genealogies from a variety of originating disciplines to their appropriation by Information Science. Students will apply these theories to contemporary issues and problems.
Coming Fall 2017: INFO 2131 Ecosystems Studio
This course introduces students to practices in information science, focusing on techniques for working with communities, organizations, and institutions in the transformative use of information. Through design explorations, activities, and small group projects, students will develop facility examining, navigating, and designing to support the complex interactions across ecosystems formed by and through data. In Fall 2017, a focus of the course will be networked and online communities. Students will engage in participant observation, digital ethnography, and other methods of understanding behavior in communities. The course will also have a law and ethics component, with a focus on internet and technology governance. For more information about this course, send me an email!