Information and Human Rights: Fall 2013

Instructor:

Paul T. Jaeger

School:

iSchool at Maryland

Semester:

Fall 2013

Description:

The concept of human rights is the belief that all individuals deserve certain equal rights as members of society. This course examines information as a human right, including topics on the relationship of information to human rights; social, cultural, economic, legal, and political forces shaping information rights; the impacts of information rights on information professions, standards, and cultural institutions; and disadvantaged populations. While this course will focus on the United States, cases and examples will be drawn from international events.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

http://ischool.umd.edu/sites/default/files/syllabi/INST613fall2013final2.pdf

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Privacy and Security in a Networked World: Spring 2015

Instructor:

Jessica Vitak

School:

iSchool at Maryland

Semester:

Spring 2015

Description:

Technological innovations in how individuals, organizations, and goverments collect and share personal information have raised myriad concerns regarding how that information can be best protected. In today’s highly networked world, individuals must acquire the knowledge and skills to engage with technologies in a safe and secure manner. This course provides an interdisciplinary exploration of the social, legal, ethical, and design challenges that arise when it comes to securing personal information and helping individuals maintain desired levels of privacy at home, work, and everywhere in between.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

http://ischool.umd.edu/sites/default/files/syllabi/inst611-privacy-security_syllabus-web.pdf

Information Ethics, Section ML01: Fall 2014

Instructor:

Katie Shilton

School:

iSchool at Maryland

Semester:

Fall 2014

Description:

Recent advances in the production, use, and management of information present many new opportunities, but also raise ethical challenges that information professionals must confront. For example:

  • Is it wrong to create technologies that replace human labor, leading to unemployment?
  • Is it wrong to share music with friends using peer-to-peer networks?
  • Is it morally acceptable to use body scanners that violate personal privacy to preventacts of terrorism?
  • Is it morally acceptable to require citizens to vote online when not every citizen has access to or the skills to use the Internet?

This course covers past, current, and future issues in information ethics, and encourages you to develop your own standpoint from which to address the diverse range of ethical challenges facing information professionals today. During the course, you will learn about a wide range of ethical theories, including non-Western and feminist theories, and you will apply these theories to confront critical information ethics issues using case-based learning.

Required Textbook:

Ess, C. 2013. Digital media ethics.

Link to Syllabus:

http://ischool.umd.edu/sites/default/files/syllabi/inst610_fall_2014_syllabus.pdf

Information and Human Rights: Spring 2013

Instructor:

Paul T. Jaeger

School:

iSchool at Maryland

Semester:

Spring 2013

Description:

The concept of human rights is the belief that all individuals deserve certain equal rights as members of society. This course examines information as a human right, including topics on the relationship of information to human rights; social, cultural, economic, legal, and political forces shaping information rights; the impacts of information rights on information professions, standards, and cultural institutions; and disadvantaged populations. While this course will focus on the United States, cases and examples will be drawn from international events.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

http://ischool.umd.edu/sites/default/files/syllabi/INST613-spring2013-Jaeger.doc

Information Ethics: Fall 2013

Instructor:

Katie Shilton

School:

iSchool at Maryland

Semester:

Fall 2013

Description:

Recent advances in the production, use, and management of information present many new opportunities, but also raise ethical challenges that information professionals must confront. For example:

  • Is it wrong to create technologies that replace human labor, leading to unemployment?
  • Is it wrong to share music with friends using peer-to-peer networks?
  • Is it morally acceptable to use body scanners that violate personal privacy to prevent acts of terrorism?
  • Is it morally acceptable to require citizens to vote online when not every citizen has access to or the skills to use the Internet?

This course covers past, current, and future issues in information ethics, and encourages you to develop your own standpoint from which to address the diverse range of ethical challenges facing information professionals today. During the course, you will learn about a wide range of ethical theories, including non-Western and feminist theories, and you will apply these theories to confront critical information ethics issues using case-based learning.

Required Textbook:

Ess, C. 2009. Digital media ethics.

Link to Syllabus:

http://ischool.umd.edu/sites/default/files/syllabi/INST610%20Fall%202013%20Syllabus.pdf