"Rapidly developing technologies for computing, information management and communications have been quickly adopted in schools, businesses and homes. The growth of the Internet and of e-commerce, in particular, have given rise to an entirely new set of legal issues as the courts, Congress and international bodies struggle to keep pace with changing technology. This course addresses the government's role in the development of these technologies and the legal issues that result including questions regarding privacy rights, speech and defamation, and the application of patent and copyright law. Policy questions such as surveillance of e-mail, regulation of content, mandates on the use of filters, and the responsibilities and liability of internet service providers are also discussed. Additional policies studied include attempts to control Internet content and enforce international judgments (resulting from e-commerce or cyber-crime) by foreign states and/or international organizations. Students are expected to integrate knowledge of technology with law, politics, economics and international affairs".
For a full listing of GOV-related courses, please see Department of Social Sciences and Policy Studies: GOV Course Descriptions.
From the Department of Social Sciences and Policy Research:
"You must understand society to effectively address our global grand challenges. Toward this end, the Social Science & Policy Studies (SSPS) department prepares students to understand human behavior and cognition, the environment, sustainable development, policy design and evaluation, and systems thinking. Through our teaching and student research opportunities, we cultivate professionals who have a deep understanding of the social impacts of science, technology, and innovation.
Our dedicated faculty offers students unique opportunities to make connections between societal concerns and technology through faculty-led research and student projects. To prepare themselves professionally, many of our students will double major in a technical field and a complementary SSPS-related degree. We also offer a variety of minors that can be uniquely paired with any major."
For a full description of programs and courses on offer, please refer to the Department of Social Science & Policy Studies.
This guide highlights relevant research databases, journals, books, and websites in the fields of government, policy, and the emerging world of cyber security. In this guide, students will find information on where to look for peer-reviewed and scholarly research, overviews of citation formatting, places to look for current events, and much more.
To navigate through this guide, click on the tabs to the left to access the various pages within this guide; in addition, please click on the tabs within individual pages to toggle between available content.
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