This course surveys the current state of digital privacy from multiple perspectives, including technology, philosophy, ethics, law, and policy. Privacy poses equally difficult challenges to technologists, policy makers, and ethicists. They must understand what privacy means in their respective domains, as well as the mutual impacts of the domains on one another. The course will review key technologies, including web and mobile tracking, location tracking, privacy engineering, data analytics and differential privacy, facial recognition, and more. It will also introduce students to different approaches to privacy, including technical, empirical, legal, and ethical. When addressing privacy threats in these areas, as well as potential solutions, the course sets out to pair a review of relevant technologies with a review of associated considerations in law and policy, ethics, and social sciences.
Textbook: Nissenbaum. "Privacy in Context".
Feb 9. Course overview.