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PSCI0307

Politics of Virtual Realities

The Politics of Virtual Realities
How has technology changed our politics? Are those changes all for the good? In this course we will explore the political, legal, and normative implications of the Internet for liberal democracy. We start with the US Constitution and explore arguments that it cannot by itself prevent the Internet from becoming a domain of manipulation rather than of freedom. How can we uphold the ideals of liberty and equality? And, since cyberspace has no country, whose laws should govern it? Cases will include President Obama's campaign and governance strategies, Google's activities abroad, cybersecurity, virtual war, and the WikiLeaks controversy. 3 hrs. lect./disc. (International Relations and Foreign Policy)/
Subject:
Political Science
Department:
Political Science
Division:
Social Sciences
Requirements Fulfilled:
CW SOC
Equivalent Courses:

Sections

Spring 2015

PSCI0307A-S15 Lecture

Fall 2013

PSCI0307A-F13 Lecture (Stanger)

Spring 2012

PSCI0307A-S12 Lecture (Stanger)

Spring 2011

PSCI0307A-S11 Lecture (Stanger)