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Summer 2018 Course

COMM 597
Special Topics: Analyzing Media Messages: Quantitative Content Analysis in Research
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
3 Carnegie Bldg.
Dr. Benjamin W. Cramer

This course will explore modern surveillance of electronic communications by corporations and governments. This topic exploded in the public consciousness with the Snowden revelations, but it is merely the latest manifestation of the unexpected uses of communications technologies.
Objectives: This course will cover privacy law, government information policy, the history of surveillance in war and peace, national security and law enforcement, targeted advertising, big data practices, and modern data surveillance techniques. Students will ultimately address the ethical issues that have arisen for people, businesses, and governments in the modern world of big data and connectivity: including how telecommunications technologies interact with society and politics, and how different parties use those technologies for their own ends, perhaps with unintended consequences.