The Two Codes – Tentative Schedule

! Subject to Revision !

Please refer to this schedule often.

 

Week 1 – Jan 13

Introduction

Guinn, Meinhold

The Two Codes

 

Divided States of America, Parts I and II, https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/divided-states-of-america/

 

Week 2 – Jan 27

Security and Surveillance in a Democratic Society

Guinn (ppt)

Required Documentary: Citizenfour is available for free download at the Internet Archive

 

Required Reading (watch the movie first)

Background and details of the Snowden case: THE NSA AND EDWARD SNOWDEN: SURVEILLANCE IN THE 21ST CENTURY

 

Snowden Quiz on Canvas, Due by Sunday, Jan 26, 11:59pm

 

Suggested Reading

Aftermath of Snowden’s revelations: U.S. CYBERSURVEILLANCE IN THE POST-SNOWDEN ERA

 

Week 3 – Feb 3

Civil Society and/or The Internet?

Meinhold

Going Bowling, https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1074874?storyId=1074874

 

The Internet and Civil Society,  https://peterlevine.ws/levine_internet&civil_society.pdf

 

Computer Use in the United States 2016, https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2018/acs/ACS-39.pdf

 

Constitutional Change, https://www.annenbergclassroom.org/resource/our-constitution/constitution-chapter-4-constitution-changed-time/

 

 

Reflective Essay #1 Due February 6

 

Week 4 – Feb 10

Face Recognition and AI Biases

Guinn (ppt)

Who is Using Your Face? The Ugly Truth about Face Recognition

 

Addressing Fairness in the Context of Artificial Intelligence (includes embedded video w/ Dr. Ricanek)

 

AI is Biased. Here's How Scientists are Trying to Fix It

 

Week 5 – Feb 17

Freedom of Information and Information Overload

Guinn (ppt)

The Crisis of Social Media

 

The Effect of Information Overload in Digital Media News Content

Week 6 – Feb 24

Voting and Elections

Meinhold

 

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-vulnerabilities-of-our-voting-machines

Week 7 – Mar 2

The First Amendment and Social Media

Meinhold

The Facebook Dilemma, Parts I and II, https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/facebook-dilemma/

 

Free Speech and the Internet,  https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/town-hall-video/live-npr-intelligence-squared-u.s-debate-can-constitutional-free-speech-principles-save-social-media-from-itself

Disinformation and what we can do about it, https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/town-hall-video/disinformation-and-what-we-can-do-about-it

 

Dueling Platform Policies and Free Speech Online , https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/podcast/dueling-platform-policies-and-free-speech-online

 

When Does Twitter Blocking Violate the First Amendment https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/podcast/when-does-twitter-blocking-violate-the-first-amendment

 

Should Big Tech Be Broken Up https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/podcast/should-big-tech-be-broken-up

Week 8 – Mar 16

 

 

Extra Long Spring Break

Week 9 – Mar 23

Misinformation and Fake News

Guinn

News Literacy Playbook

 

Breaking the Spin Cycle

 

 

Week 10 – March 30

Privacy and the Fourth Amendment

Meinhold

Fourth Amendment Video https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/town-hall-video/the-fourth-amendment-and-privacy-historical-perspectives

 

Fourth Amendment Podcast https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/podcast/the-fourth-amendment-past-and-present

 

Reflective Essay #2 Due April 3

 

Week 11 – April 6

Employment and the Coming Automation Crisis

Guinn

Will Robots and AI Take Your Job

 

Automation and Job Loss Statistics

 

Week 12 – April 13

Redistricting and Gerrymandering

Meinhold

The 2020 Census: Deconstructed https://www.commoncause.org/democracy-wire/the-2020-census-deconstructed/

 

The 2020 Census: Significance https://www.commoncause.org/democracy-wire/the-2020-census-significance/

 

The 2020 Census: Controversies https://www.commoncause.org/democracy-wire/2020-census-controversies/

 

Gerrymandering Explained, 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGLRJ12uqmk

 

Gerrymandering Explained, 2

https://www.npr.org/2016/06/15/482150951/understanding-congressional-gerrymandering-its-moneyball-applied-to-politics

 

The End  to Political Gerrymandering, https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/town-hall-video/the-end-to-political-gerrymandering

 

 

Week 13 – April 20

AI in Healthcare, Medical Privacy

EFF Statement on Medical Privacy

 

Privacy Assessment of IoT in Healthcare

 

Could AI Do More Harm Than Good in Healthcare

Week 14 – April 27

Political Participation in the 21st Century

Meinhold

Social Media and Political Engagement, https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2012/10/19/social-media-and-political-engagement/

 

Activism in the Social Media Age, https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2018/07/11/public-attitudes-toward-political-engagement-on-social-media/

 

Reflective Essay #3 Due April 23