What, if any, information should be shielded from snoopy marketers, government
agencies or database-keepers? Do individuals have a right of informational privacy
that should be protected? If so, how? What sorts of information do we think should
be shielded from others view, and why? Should the government be asked to create privacy
rules that protect privacy interests? Or, should consumers be left to negotiate their
own privacy protections? These are the sorts of questions the course will address.
The course will look at many contemporary instances in which new online technologies
have increased the risk that intimate or private information about individuals can
be collected, stored, sorted, manipulated, and disclosed. In addition, the course
will examine the utility (or not) of current schemes to regulate these invasions in
the name of privacy.
In addition to it being a topic I’m interested in, I’m excited to see how
it works. I’m often envious when I hear about lectures or events that go
on at Berkman, so I’m looking forward to this opportunity to participate.