Wiretaps to Big Data: Privacy and Surveillance in the Age of Interconnection - Cornell UniversityedX
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How does cellular technology enable massive surveillance? Do users have rights against surveillance? How does surveillance affect how we use cellular and other technologies? How does it affect our democratic institutions? Do you know that the metadata collected by a cellular network speaks volumes about its users? In this course you will explore all of these questions while investigating related issues in WiFi and Internet surveillance. The issues explored in this course are at the intersection of networking technology, law, and sociology and will appeal to anyone interested in the technical, political, and moral questions inherent in the use of information networks. The course will include broad overviews for the novice, while pointing to the detailed resources needed for those engaged in the development of corporate or governmental policies.
- Explain the basic function of cellular telephone networks, WiFi, and other networking technologies.
- Explain the evolution of privacy rights through the U.S. constitution's 4th amendment, particularly as applied to content and context surveillance.
- Identify types of cryptography used to secure wired and wireless networks.
- Consider the implications of different forms of surveillance and how they impact an individual's privacy in society.
- Evaluate contemporary surveillance and security decisions/laws.
- Increase their ability to apply ethical thinking and judgment to a wide range of privacy and surveillance situations.
- Interpret how using complex and powerful technologies to collect personal data can impact individuals, corporations, markets, and societies.