Values in Information Technology and Digital Media

Credits 3.0

Computing, information technology, and digital media are integrated into all aspects of contemporary life, including commerce, finance, education, politics, entertainment, communication and social life. This project-based course studies these technologies through the lens of social, political, and ethical values. Together, we investigate whether and how technical systems promote or impede values to which we, individually and as societies, are committed -- values that include liberty, privacy, autonomy and justice. While we explore concepts and literatures, students will form collaborative groups, select projects and apply philosophical and social theories of technology to analyze and, possibly, design, prototype, and build systems. Ideal project groups will be multidisciplinary and project goals and deliverables will be adjusted to students' backgrounds and skills.