Cyberwar, Surveillance and Security

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Once heralded as the ultimate vehicle for open communication and self-expression, the internet is rapidly becoming a globally networked surveillance device. Serious threats to national security, combined with the seemingly endless capacity of digital processing and storage, have led to levels of data capture and 24/7 monitoring of individuals’ activity that were unimaginable even a decade ago.
 
With resistance to such practices rising, this course will equip you to take an active part in the debate. You will gain a broad understanding of the competing tensions of the laws related to national security and personal and commercial privacy in the post-Snowden online environment. You will also grasp the looming consequences of this battle for peace, sovereignty, human rights and the internet itself.

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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 5 months ago
Certainly an interesting update on some of the legal and moral issues around the subject, and a good insight into how the law is being formed and by whom. More aimed at Government and International level law rather than individuals.
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6/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 9 months ago
The course was fairly interesting and the information given while not too complex, was delivered in a pretty okay manner. It was enjoyable and did raise some interesting questions but I think if you dont have much knowledge on the topic you would benefit from this much more.
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Adrian Rocha

1/10 starsDropped
3 years, 2 months ago
In general I love the MOOC of EDXs. But I'm very disappointed about this type of content. The first two weeks are fine, with interest material and analysis, after that it's all about the justification to allow the mass surveillance in favour of security. Of course, we are all agree about the necessity of security, but the course fails in enrich the debate searching a balance or a new options. Is evident that the course shows only one side of the debate. And in some case the arguments are very poor, like for example the right to violate the Fourth Amendment just because is and old law and it isn't designed for our time. It's absurd, this type of decisions have to be debated democratically but there isn't other sides in the course, just the official point of view of the government. Besides that, there is a total absent of technical arguments in the opinions. I leaved the course in the 4th week.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
For me, the course content is good even though is the first stage, 101. But there should be something to show for it. The aim of the MOOC program, is to help mainly the under privilege, and specially in the developing countries, who couldn't afford a post secondary school education.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 8 months ago
Very good.Certainly an interesting update on some of the legal and moral issues around the subject, and a good insight into how the law is being formed and by whom. More aimed at Government and International level law rather than individuals.
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1/10 starsCompleted
4 years ago
I think the course was a good laugh that took me 30 minutes of clicking quickly from boredom and passed with like 80%+. I didn't learn a single thing, just answered obvious questions with common knowledge I already knew on the subject. Previous commenter is right, I know school kids with more current knowledge than this. Way too easy and simplistic.
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9/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 8 months ago
I found this to be a very interesting course. I was new to the MOOC model and I'm glad that I had a course as an introduction to the format - the fact that it was so interesting made learning the format that much easier. I had always had an awareness of cyberwarfare/surveillance issues within our society, but I have to day my decisions were not always based upon anything more than a 'gut feeling.' While I wouldn't say my decisions or perspective have changed radically, I can at least say that they are founded on a decent body of knowledge. The only criticism I would have of this course is that some of the assessment pieces were needlessly complicated. This isn't to say that everything should have been easy, but the exercise requiring you to rank several concepts in order of their (seemingly subjective) desirability/utility was very frustrating, given there seemed to be no metric to measure this against. Despite this, I think the... I found this to be a very interesting course. I was new to the MOOC model and I'm glad that I had a course as an introduction to the format - the fact that it was so interesting made learning the format that much easier. I had always had an awareness of cyberwarfare/surveillance issues within our society, but I have to day my decisions were not always based upon anything more than a 'gut feeling.' While I wouldn't say my decisions or perspective have changed radically, I can at least say that they are founded on a decent body of knowledge. The only criticism I would have of this course is that some of the assessment pieces were needlessly complicated. This isn't to say that everything should have been easy, but the exercise requiring you to rank several concepts in order of their (seemingly subjective) desirability/utility was very frustrating, given there seemed to be no metric to measure this against. Despite this, I think the inclusion of interviews with Bruce Schneier and Mike Schmitt (to name a few) to sound a warning of sorts was an excellent choice. The fact that additionally this was a course that evidently tried to present a balanced picture by noting the benefits of modern surveillance capabilities and how they can work both ways is to me exemplary.
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3/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 9 months ago
There isn't much of anything here. I would say this course is a total waste of time. The videos are not technical at all. There is a lot of fluff in this.
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Old Monkey

1/10 starsDropped
4 years, 9 months ago
Totally useless. Any person with elementary school education can easily pass all tests without listening to the videos – since the videos do not provide a single bit of the information.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 4 months ago
An interesting course on the legal issues of privacy and hacking. Struggles a bit with treating the issues of personal privacy and individual behaviour and International government-driven cyberwar and could probably benefit from splitting these two distinct concepts into separate courses.
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Swatantra Gupta

8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 5 months ago
A fantastic effort by the University of Adelaide on pioneering an one of its kind course on Cyberwar and Cyber Surveillance. There can not be a more apt timing as Privacy, Cyber war and law is at crossroads. The instructors have a firm grasp of the subject matter and help us build a point of view. Great job!
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5 years, 5 months ago
I really loved this course. It provided a broad base of knowledge on the issues of cybersecurity ranging from the technology involved to international law as well as the ethical issues pertaining to privacy and leaks. It was well rounded and well presented. I found it to be an excellent learning experience on a very relevant issue. Well done AdelaideX
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