Mor Naaman is an associate professor of Information Science at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech, where he is the founder of the Connective Media hub, and leads a research group focused on social technologies.
His research applies multidisciplinary methods to 1) gain a better understanding of people and their use of social tech; 2) extract insights about people, technology and society from social media and other sources of social data, and 3) develop new social technologies as well as novel tools to make social data more accessible and usable in various settings.
Previously, Mor was on the faculty at Rutgers SC&I, led a research team at Yahoo! Research Berkeley, received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University, and played professional basketball for Hapoel Tel Aviv. He is a recipient of a NSF Early Faculty CAREER Award, research awards and grants from numerous corporations including AOL and Google, and multiple best paper awards.
This course provides an intensive introduction to contemporary issues in information and communication ethics, policy, and law, with a particular focus on internet-based intermediaries and platforms. It approaches these matters from the perspective of developers of connective media, focusing on the challenges and dilemmas they confront. Students will develop a keen sense of the core values at stake in their work—free speech, privacy, intellectual property, security, and innovation, among others—and learn to engage key regulations, processes, and actors shaping the ongoing development of norms governing their field. To do this, students will read critical commentary and thoughtful reflections by seasoned practitioners, illustrative research from technologists, an interesting mix of legal scholarship, moral philosophy, and policy analysis, and a host of policy documents. Along the way, the course will rely on case studies, recent controversies, and current events to ground the lectures and discussion, which students will investigate further in their individual and group assignments.