How wired-up are you, and how much information have you given today? We leave digital footprints knowingly and unknowingly, and exchange information through the gadgets we use each time. In this course, we will think about data and their applications (e.g., targeted marketing, healthcare monitoring, crime prevention), along with the ways these technologies perpetuate social and economic inequities. The course will place an emphasis on key social concerns, and give students the opportunity to evaluate data-driven sources and contexts. For example, students will learn how digital profiling discriminates against certain groups with respect to job prospects and loan applications.
Credit Units: 2.5
Presentation Pattern: Every January