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Who controls the power of technology? This survey course offers a critical perspective on whether data and technology create a more just society by exploring a range of subjects, including: big data, digital privacy, sousveillance, "smart" cities, peer production, hacking, piracy, and algorithmic bias. The course content draws from Hackers on Planet Earth, Chaos Communications Congress, the Allied Media Conference, guest speakers, and more. With two in-class workshops — a power mapping hackathon and a cryptoparty — students will gain hands-on experience in how to uncover the ways data shapes our lives. Extra credit to students who can go 24 hours without checking their phones.

A sample syllabus for the course may be found here: EXP 0013 Syllabus. Please note: Syllabus dates, content, and format are subject to change between now and the fall semester.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – High School Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree – 3.0 GPA

Instructor Approval: Not required

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply

Refund Policy: For-Credit 3+ Weeks

Affiliated With:

School of Arts & Sciences