Cyber Flash Points (LAW-795CY-002)
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The most challenging and consequential problems of the contemporary era are now mediated by conflicts over Internet governance. Every sector of society, industry, and the political sphere is dependent upon digital technologies to function, but many of the global debates determining conditions of speech, privacy, the pace of innovation, and national security in this environment are completely unsettled. What counts as personal privacy in an era in which technology business models depend upon pervasive big data collection to generate advertising revenue and national security and law enforcement seek expansive access to consumer data? How are social media companies navigating problems like hate speech and foreign influence in democratic elections? Can cybersecurity problems stemming from massive consumer data breaches, ransomware, and politically motivated cyber conflict among nation states be addressed in order to ensure societal trust in economic and social systems? Rapidly emerging technologies like the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and cryptocurrency are only escalating the stakes of these Internet control struggles.
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