Wiretaps to Big Data: Privacy and Surveillance in the Age of Interconnection

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Wiretaps to Big Data: Privacy and Surveillance in the Age of Interconnection

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How does cellular technology enable massive surveillance? Do users have rights against surveillance? How does surveillance affect how we use cellular and other technologies? How does it affect our democratic institutions? Do you know that the metadata collected by a cellular network speaks volumes about its users? In this course you will explore all of these questions while investigating related issues in WiFi and Internet surveillance. The issues explored in this course are at the intersection of networking technology, law, and sociology and will appeal to anyone interested in the technical, political, and moral questions inherent in the use of information networks. The course will include broad overviews for the novice, while pointing to the detailed resources needed for those engaged in the development of corporate or governmental policies.

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  • Is there a required textbook?

    • No. A list of supplemental resou...

How does cellular technology enable massive surveillance? Do users have rights against surveillance? How does surveillance affect how we use cellular and other technologies? How does it affect our democratic institutions? Do you know that the metadata collected by a cellular network speaks volumes about its users? In this course you will explore all of these questions while investigating related issues in WiFi and Internet surveillance. The issues explored in this course are at the intersection of networking technology, law, and sociology and will appeal to anyone interested in the technical, political, and moral questions inherent in the use of information networks. The course will include broad overviews for the novice, while pointing to the detailed resources needed for those engaged in the development of corporate or governmental policies.

FAQ

  • Is there a required textbook?

    • No. A list of supplemental resources, including textbooks, will be provided. The textbook, Cellular Convergence and the Death of Privacy, is optional.

  • How much time will I spend on the course during the week?

    • Expect to spend 4-8 hours per week. This depends on a number of factors, including how much you want to engage with the material and the level of understanding you desire.

  • Do I need to have taken an electrical and computer engineering course before?

    • No. Though there will be discussion of electrical and computer engineering (ECE) ideas, the professor will assume no prior ECE training.

  • I am not familiar with U.S. or European history but I am interested in how the law regarding cell phones works. Can I take this course?

    • Yes. I will have relevant links to helpful background material for each section that should make it possible for those with no knowledge of U.S. or European history to take the class.

  • Is this class about building a network?

    • This class is primarily about how historical privacy law has made it possible for current information technologies to be used to collect data and conduct surveillance rather than how to build a network. While the course will touch on important engineering developments and information technology uses, this class will focus more on the intersection of networking technology, law, and sociology. If you want to know how cell phones collect data and why this data can be used in court, this is the class for you.

  • Will certificates be awarded?

    • Yes. If you complete the work and achieve a passing grade in the course, you can earn a Honor Code Certificate, which indicates that you have completed the course successfully. Certificates will be issued by edX under the name of CornellX, designating the institution from which the course originated.

  • What are the learning outcomes of this course?

    • Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

      • Explain the basic function of cellular telephone networks, WiFi, and other networking technologies.

      • Explain the evolution of privacy rights through the U.S. constitution's 4th amendment, particularly as applied to content and context surveillance

      • Identify types of cryptography used to secure wired and wireless networks.

      • Consider the implications of different forms of surveillance and how they impact an individual's privacy in society.

      • Evaluate contemporary surveillance and security decisions/ laws.

      • Increase their ability to apply ethical thinking and judgment to a wide range of privacy and surveillance situations.

      • Interpret how using complex and powerful technologies to collect personal data can impact individuals, corporations, markets, and societies.
         

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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
This course is difficult, and it challenged me to become a better student. Granted, it's too centred on the US, but I can't complain. If you want a shake (in the good way), this course is for you.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
This course was worth every minute of hard work. I agree with other reviewers that we needed a more robust structure for gathering non-US information but that is my sole concern. An excellent course!
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7/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
Your course gave me a lot of pleasure. I had heard about some problems covered here but the course opened my eyes to many new issues. Well presented, honest and very interesting! Thank you for the chance to participate. Regards from Poland :-)
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
Very well designed course, the most fascinating and beautiful thing is that anyone can learn the experience of the researchers in a short span of time. Really knowledgeable.
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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
Would have liked longer video lectures & more international content but over all found it interesting & informative, well worth the time & effort of taking it.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
Well thought out course with excellent delivery. Very relevant to breaking news while we were studying.
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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
Enjoyable,and challenging. Would have liked more European/World input, which must also be relevant for US businesses working overseas
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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
Nice course, a quick approach to privacy and surveillance. May be too much dedicated to cellular and not enough talk about privacy concern raised by google, facebook, and big companies that own our data. Thanks for the course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
this is an excellent course. Prof Wicker provides very thought provoking material. The pace of the course is great to fit around busy lifestyles, the lectures are fun, the "homework" is well thought out and its challenging - but rewarding. Highly recommended.
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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
Great course, learned a lot about privacy technology and legislation. My first mooc but certainly not the last.
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9/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
Steve Wicker and his team provide me with a very interesting inside to Wiretaps to Big Data. As a lawyer, I would prefer more legal, philosophical and social background but I have to admit that they tried to find a good balance between the legal and technical matters. Great job! Thanks, Michal
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9/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
Professor Wicker and his team have given us a very insightful walk-through the many privacy related issues in conjuncture with using modern day communication technology. While keeping the content almost free for tech details, the course emphasized on the legislative and philosophical implications affecting all of us, keeping a very good historical perspective on the evolution of privacy (or lack of it) vs technological advances. The course has been equally engaging as it was informative - I highly recommend it to all potential students!
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9/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
Really pertinent to the present and future where personal data becomes available to anyone on the Internet. Personal privacy is still important as is security. This course will cause you to consider what data is "out there" and whether you or others might consider alternatives that do not provide so much overt and background personal information. This information is available to anyone who wants it often whether you want it disclosed or not.
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9/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
More LAW + PHILOS than ENGN + TECH. Not really a "how to" on keeping private. Engaging, informative + relevant. Great learning experience + 1st impression of edx and prof. Wicker. Definitely recommend!
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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
The course was truly informative and engaging. But it failed to settle the issue of privacy protection for users of telecommunication and internet devices as the mobile phone and the internet services. It should have informed participants of the legitimate ways in which ones privacy could be protected. Anyway, we hope that Cornell will come-up with such solutions in its sequel to this course. Many thanks to Prof. Wicker and to those that assisted him!
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7/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
Thank you. It was interesting. Learned a new knowledge. get new througts. very important issues are raised and addressed. 2-nd part?
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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
Great course. Well focused on privacy policy and legislation in the cellular ICT sector. The course has met my expectations.
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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
Its great course on privacy. one less star only because of its multiple true choice questions which creates lot of confusion!!!!
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5 years, 10 months ago
The course was well taught and i was able to learn a lot about cellular and internet privacy issues. Another great point to make is that the course did not only highlight the privacy issues, it also shows the potential of having a privacy aware cellular design that can enhance the cellular experience.
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6/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
In parts quite interesting though partly very repetitive (and in so far time wasting) and in others lacking. A par force tour and necessarily superficial, e.g. on cryptography, but that comes with the concept of an overview. Mostly the prof wants to propagate his idea of a privacy-aware cellular net which is a nice concept but could have been condensed down to half the hours without missing too much. All in all a considerable amount of time has to be spent and for me it wasn't quite worth it (compared to 50+ other courses finished with a certificate, and I've seen worse but also a lot better). I also noticed a very small retention rate for me, especially concerning the court cases, even though here there were many repetitions, but that may be me (although I'm a judge...) So for me not worth the investment of time but mileage may vary. Hope that helped.
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9/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
This a super course with insight in privacy and security, it is well organized and in direction for solutions to new technologies, enjoyed taking it since I'm about to finish a telecommunication degree.
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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
This is a fascinating course, especially for a U.S. citizens. Being a European, I could demand just a little bit more coverage of the EU regulations/case law.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
I enjoyed this course. I am currently studying engineering and I found the topics interesting to my future profession.
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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
I enjoyed taking a college-level course for the first time in 49 years. Especially, since it dealt with a topic we see in the news on a daily basis. I learned a lot and felt that it was a good use of my time in retirement.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
The course just gives you nothing but all the knowledge you need to keep your personal data private safe and not to collect other people's Data. The best I have so far attended.
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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
If you want to know what are the ins and outs of the way communications have evolved, the limitations of privacy and how to maintain your life private while enjoy the new technologies, then this is the class to attend. Great teacher who knows his topic and makes it clear and easy to understand!!!
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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 11 months ago
A very good course and enlightens one to current events with privacy issues and how ones privacy is impacted by technology.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 11 months ago
A very apt course for students from Communications engineering. Is dealt from the basic, about the history of privacy involved in communications.
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5 years, 11 months ago
This has been a great course with knowledgeable lecturers and resource persons. I got more than I expected as one may become quite immersed in this most controversial subject. Student participation was at an agreeable level which encouraged me to spend more time per week studying than I had previously allocated. I now have a desire to take this course further as it has whetted my appetite in matters of cellular convergence, security and privacy. I did not have many issues except that I was unable, on 2 occasions, to submit assignments due to my heavy work schedule. However, the quality of the course was worth the time, benefits and effort of studying. The course differs from other online courses which I have taken in that there was a greater amount of student and staff participation. Resources were readily available for furtherance of in depth studying.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 11 months ago
Great course - highly relevant. A "must have" not only for those interested in privacy and big data but also for anyone handling personal data on behalf of government or corporation. Thank you!
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