Special Topics- Data Surveillance, Privacy, and the Law


The Internet and digital technologies have enabled and facilitated the mass surveillance of populations by registering, tracking, and monitoring users? activities and communications at an unprecedented rate and scale. Those predominantly responsible for this mass surveillance may not be who you think. Using a multidisciplinary lens, this course explores the nature and extent of this surveillance. Drawing on works from literature, film, psychology, sociology, political science, law, philosophy, history, and public policy, this course critically examines: privacy, big data, and data protection; national and international privacy and data protection laws; current surveillance practices and the legal, social, and political consequences of these practices; and the manner in which the Internet and digital technologies (including the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence) can be used to manipulate and control populations.

Fall 2019
Base cost: $1206 ($402/credit)
Term Fee: $47
Class Fee: $
Materials fee may apply. See SPIRE for details
  • Start date: September 3, 2019
  • End date: December 11, 2019
  • Last day to add: September 16, 2019
  • Last day to drop: September 16, 2019
  • Last day to withdraw: October 29, 2019
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