CORE 105-
Future of Technology Policy
Spring 2019

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Schedule of Assignments

Be sure to complete the assigned readings and other material before you come to class to discuss that day’s topic(s).

Weeks 1 and 2 – Welcome to the Future of Technology Policy (on this page, below)

Weeks 3 through 8 – Technology Policy Case Studies

Tech-Ins are the group presentations we discussed in class.  Your group of four or five students will prepare readings and/or videos for the class to watch (ten days in advance), and will lead an in-class discussion on the subject.  Each student will be part of two Tech-In groups

Week 3 – Drones and Autonomous Vehicles
Week 4 – Arctic and Energy
Week 5 – Tuesday – Cybersecurity
Week 5 – Friday – Tech-In: Sports/Entertainment and Tech-In: Government
Week 6 – Tues – CRISPR
Week 6 – Fri – Tech-In: Environment and Tech-In: Health
Week 7 – Tues – Education
Week 7 – Fri – Tech-In: Finance and Tech-In: Agriculture
Week 8 – Tues – Tech-In: Blockchain and Tech-In: IoT

Week 9 – March 12-15: Spring Break

Weeks 11 and 12 – Your Papers
Weeks 13 and 14 – The Future of Technology Policy
Week 15 – Final Exam

American University Academic Calendar Fall 2018-Summer 2019

Weeks 1 and 2 – Welcome the the Future of Technology Policy

Weeks 1 and 2 will introduce the purposes, strategy, and tactics of the course.  We’ll take an initial look at how some people approach the future of technology policy, to get us thinking in these kinds of ways.  We’ll also introduce public policy as an academic field – relying in part on the web site for Kraft and Furling’s Public Policy textbook.  You do not need to buy the textbook – the web site is enough for us.

Please read for January 18:

Ray Bradbury, “The End of the Beginning” (1956) – on Bb and here
Issac Asimov, “Visit to the World’s Fair of 1964,” New York Times, Aug 16, 1964, on Bb and here
Isaac Asimov, “Asimov’s New World,” Toronto Star, Dec. 27, 1983, on life in 2019, on Bb and here

for January 22:

Kraft and Furlong, Public Policy
– Chapter Summary and eFlashcards for Chapter 1,
– Chapter Summary of Chapters 2 and 3

for January 25:

We’ll look at technology policy questions in Ayn Rand’s Anthem.  You can purchase this book very cheaply online, or read it free online (but I suggest an actual book)