Cyberwar, Surveillance and Security

Understand the competing tensions of laws related to privacy and national security, and the impending consequences of this battle for our networked world.

Length: 6 weeks
Effort: 2 to 3 hours per week 
Level: Introductory

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Once heralded as the ultimate vehicle for open communication and self-expression, the internet is rapidly becoming a globally networked surveillance device. Serious threats to national security, combined with the seemingly endless capacity of digital processing and storage, have led to levels of data capture and 24/7 monitoring of individuals’ activity that were unimaginable even a decade ago.
 
With resistance to such practices rising, this course will equip you to take an active part in the debate. You will gain a broad understanding of the competing tensions of the laws related to national security and personal and commercial privacy in the post-Snowden online environment. You will also grasp the looming consequences of this battle for peace, sovereignty, human rights and the internet itself.

What you'll learn

  • New insights into the extent, purposes and impact of global networked surveillance technologies
  • Knowledge of the nature and consequences of cyber-activism and cyberwar
  • Understanding of the spectrum of responses to the complexity of issues involved in online surveillance and security

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