Hon H205: Technology and Privacy

Prof. Pamela E. Mack
Course Description:   Is the internet taking away our privacy?  Do we care?   This course will focus on the impact of information technology on privacy, in the context of changing personal and legal definitions of privacy.  We will examine how privacy is interpreted by different disciplines and social groups and analyze common privacy documents. 

Attendance Policy:  This course meets once a week, so missing one class means missing a significant part of the course.  Therefore, the attendance policy is that any time a student misses class,  he or she is required to hand in a 3 page double-spaced essay about the topic of the class he or she missed.  The makeup work is the same whatever the reason for missing class and however many classes are missed.

20%     class discussion
40%    weekly assignments
40%    final paper (4-6 pages)

Weekly assignment:  Students are required to hand in ½ to one page of writing at the beginning of each class and also submit the same document on Blackboard.  This can be a philosophical reflection on the topic for the class, background research on an issue that will contribute to the day’s discussion, or a response to the reading.

Final paper:  This is a research and thought paper on a subject of the student’s choice relating to privacy.  It should be 4-6 double spaced typed pages with footnotes or references in any standard form.  Due Thursday May 5 (the final exam day for this block).

Academic Integrity: As members of the Clemson University community, we have inherited Thomas Green Clemson's vision of this institution as a "high seminary of learning."  Fundamental to this vision is a mutual commitment to truthfulness, honor, and responsibility, without which we cannot earn the trust and respect of others.  Furthermore, we recognize that academic dishonesty detracts from the value of a Clemson degree.  Therefore, we shall not tolerate lying, cheating, or stealing in any form.

This includes representing someone else's work as your own or handing in the same paper to two different courses without permission of the instructors.  Be careful to avoid plagiarism--text you take from a web site, from a book, or from the online class notes must be either quoted with the source given or restated almost entirely in your own words, with the source given. 
It is cheating to cut and paste or otherwise copy portions of a argument paper, exam, or discussion board posting from a book, web site, or from the online class notes, even if you change a few words, unless you quote and give the source.  It is poor writing for more than about 20% of your paper to consist of quotes.  In most cases when you use specific material from any source you should paraphrase: cite the source and put the ideas into you own words (generally no more than 5 consecutive words should match the source but if the words are mostly the same it could still be plagiarism even if there aren't 5 consecutive words).

Online intro      Are you worried about privacy?
Jan. 24            Consider the Facebook privacy policy (read the entire privacy policy)
Jan. 31            What is the right to privacy?  (read http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/rightofprivacy.html)
Feb. 7             State, Surveillance, and Technology (read Michel Foucault. Discipline & Punish (1975), III, 3: http://foucault.info/documents/disciplineAndPunish/foucault.disciplineAndPunish.panOpticism.html)
Feb. 14            Privacy and Government  (read chapter 1 of George Orwell, 1984)
Feb. 21            Surveillance cameras (read http://www.library.ca.gov/crb/97/05/)
Feb. 28            Smart phones and smart mobs (read http://www.truste.com/blog/?p=825, http://www.npr.org/2011/02/22/133966151/web-wiretaps-raise-security-privacy-concerns,
Mar. 7             Privacy and location technology (read http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/location-aware-apps-will-we-lose-privacy-loca)  see also http://www.eff.org/wp/locational-privacy
Mar. 14           Consumer privacy (read http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2005/loyalty_cards.html)
Mar. 21           Spring Break
Mar. 28           Search Engine Privacy (read http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/leading-articles/leading-article-in-search-of-online-privacy-806284.html)
Apr. 5              Do we no longer want privacy? (read http://nymag.com/news/features/27341/)
Apr. 11            Privacy 2.0 (read John Zittrain, The Future of the Internet and How to Stop it, Chapter 9,  http://yupnet.org/zittrain/archives/20)
                        See also http://www.applefritter.com/bannedbooks
Apr. 18            Reflections
Apr. 25
            draft of final paper due, instead of class there will be optional meetings (Hardin 006) for feedback about papers
May 5              Final Paper due