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Spring 2019
May 19, 2019
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MSFS 659 - Intro to Internet Policy
 Introduction to Internet Policy: a Survey of Global Issues and Stakeholders

Disruption. If we were to use one word to describe the Internet's impact on our global society, that would likely be it. The Internet and digital technologies have changed nearly every aspect of daily life, from Wall Street banking to rural farming in Africa, and they promise even greater changes for the future. Will the Internet make us all part of one, closer global community? Or, will it exacerbate existing tensions among us -- based on nationality, politics, religion, wealth, education, and gender? We'll discuss these questions, among many others. But first, we'll cover the basics. Few of us understand what the Internet is, and fewer still understand the intersection of the Internet and global public policy. This course will provide an overview of the Internet and its impact on society, focusing on key policy issues from around the world, as well as the international institutions and stakeholders involved. A particular focus will be on the Internet's inherently global nature and the challenge this poses to the Westphalian model of government jurisdiction that has prevailed for centuries. Topics we'll examine include Internet governance, cybersecurity, free expression and censorship, data and privacy, digital journalism, trade and artificial intelligence. We'll also examine the users, elected officials, international organizations, civil society members, academics and businesses leading the development of digital policy around the world. 

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

MS in Foreign Service Department

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