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, 4 months ago
Great course, knowledge and interesting issues are shown to explain cellular privacy. Suitable for all. Really enjoyable.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
Great course; for not only those studying in this field but for everybody who has a right to know what data is being collected about them and how that data is being used. Informative and interesting course. Thank you
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
I will never think the same way about my privacy and cellular again. This class was extremely enjoyable and quite an eye opener for someone not exposed to these topics before.
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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
Very interesting course that uses the technology of today (cell phones, internet, etc.) to explain how privacy is handled.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
A thought provoking course that explains cellular telephony and the Internet and its impact on privacy across the world. Well worth taking to discover what is actually going on.
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9/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
Excellent course, worth taking - future incarnations should include interesting cases that have shaped the world not just the US.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
well organized and very productive material and instructor , i really recommend this course to whomever want to know about communication technology, issues , problems and ways to keep your privacy safe.
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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
The material and its presentation are excellent. The material is current and relevant. I was exposed to concepts that I was not aware of. I would like to see the test redesigned to not include choose all that apply and review the wording of the questions but that should not deter one from taking the course.
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6/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
Good course with up-to-date materials and interesting views. Moreover, professor Wicker does not try to impose his views. The estimated effort is quite right.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
Phantastic course! Prof. Wicker provided very good, first class lectures. I'm now eager to continue diving and learning through this passionate world of big data and privacy rights. Thanks a lot and looking forward to jumping into the next!
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
Very nice course, it met my expectations, also it is not too technical so that non technical people can follow it easily.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
Truly riveting course.Professor Wicker and his staff deliver thought-provoking and engaging material in an excellent educational manner. This was my first course and became interested due to its content. A must for anyone interested in the current climate of privacy and cellphone issues.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
Excellent course! Highly recommended for everyone. All of us need to be aware of privacy ramifications of technology and how it affects our daily lives (without most of us realizing about it). Very enlightening (even if you are an avid NYTimes or Guardian reader and aware of the latest NSA surveillance news).
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9/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
Excellent course here to learn all but Big Data and surveillance technology, great job by Prof. Steve. Got in depth knowledge and enjoyed a lot.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
Excellent course to learn a great variety of things. Prof. Wicker is great teacher, explained most of the things which were not known before.
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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
Interesting material. More of a general overview/background with a push for a given solution than a class that opens you up to really think and reason through the topics. Worth taking to to give you a base to start from.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
Fantastic course by highly engaging and brilliant professor. Although I knew some things that the course covered through prior work experience, I learned several new, very important ideas and vantage points that I would not have obtained anywhere else. I recommend this course most highly.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
Great course full of practical information on how cellular surveillance affects users with historical context on how this came to be and how things might shape up in the future. Presentation is clear and the pleasant conversational style is really nice.
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5 years, 3 months ago
This course supplies an entry level viewpoint in to the complex and hidden sometimes hidden world of modern communications technology and the implications of its use primarily in the US. It does not require a comms or computer or electronics background to take, although it does touch on these subjects. It also delves quite deeply into US constitutional legal issues again in a manner not requiring legal training. For content alone, it would have 4 stars. Sadly the quality of the course questions/quizzes does not match the that of the actual course content - by far the worst I have seen in any MOOC taken. The overall rating is a reflection of this.
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