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Rethinking Privacy in the Digital Age

Posted by Wayne on March 27, 2012

I’ve been teaching grad school for the past couple of years with the desire to eventually be able to create a course on a subject that is near and dear to my heart – Privacy. Well that time has finally come as I’ve been hard at work developing a course that has practitioner and theoretical content. The course includes combining four ways to frame privacy – legally – different laws by state and data type, technically – PETs and surveillance systems, regulatory – FTC/FCC/OECD, and socially – Facebook/Linkedin,and more.

Here is the announcement from the director of the program (and one of my mentors) Dr. Maria Garcia:

“Greetings, Students!
Are you concerned about the privacy and security of your personal data? Do you work in an industry that manages sensitive data? Read on!
All businesses know the importance of safeguarding confidential data. This practice is no longer limited to companies subject to regulation, such as healthcare, education, and financial services. With increased access to personal information via social media and consumer products, such as smartphones and gaming systems, the growing risk of exposure affects everyone, personally and professionally.
With this in mind, Franklin Pierce is launching a new course – Rethinking Privacy in the Digital Age. In this class, students will learn the fundamentals of privacy – its origins, risks, and protections. Learn how to assess the value of your and your customers’ privacy when data is shared through online systems designed to use your information as currency.
Rethinking Privacy in the Digital Age (GI 590) will be offered at the Manchester, N.H. center in an eight-week hybrid format; hybrid classes meet every other week and classwork is completed online during the alternate weeks. The class begins on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 and ends on Tuesday, June 12, 2012.

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am! The sessions are going to include debates on for/against advertisers and commercial companies rights verses the individuals rights, an exercise writing a privacy bill, practical experience trying to gather information on others, and reviewing the new FTC privacy framework just published this week.  If you have 8 weeks to spare – come join us! I know we will all learn something about privacy together and you get graduate or undergraduate credits as well.

Hope to see you there!


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