FALL - THURSDAYS 6:10-8PM
Governments can use technology wonderfully, or terribly. Diplomatic tweets can make history, or embarrass their countries. Technology in government can be a tool, or a promise; part of the infrastructure -- like plumbing -- or the star in the room. Figuring out how to deal with technology’s inevitable rise in government is hard. This class examines why, what to do about it, and why it matters.
SPRING - THURSDAYS 6:10-8PM
While digital technology gives governments powerful new ways to protect their citizens, it also creates powerful opportunities for abuse. To complicate matters, governments aren’t the only ones with access to these tools: technology also empowers individuals, activist groups, and non-state actors in ways that can either enhance or threaten the security of nations. This course will explore these changes, examining how digital technology is transforming the national security landscape, altering roles and power relationships for governments, citizens, and social movements.