CORE 105
Future of Technology Policy
Spring 2020

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Schedule of Assignments – Spring 2020

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 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 Friday, January 17:

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 Tuesday, January 21:

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


for Friday, January 24:

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 like this edition: it includes the published version plus the original version with her handwritten edits in the margin)

PowerPoint slides on additional material and class discussion material – on Bb

Weeks 3 through 8 – Technology Policy Case Studies

Tech-Ins are the group presentations we discussed in class.

Each week will have readings and videos on the topics that I will post on each week’s web page – the links to each week are below.  These readings and videos come from academic sources, industry and technology sources, government documents, interviews and speeches of experts in the various fields.

You will a complete a series of eight short writing assignments on our readings between Jan 24 and March 3, plus two Tech-In preparations and presentations, off-campus event reflections, other short individual and group assignments.  We’ll discuss each of these in class and post details on Bb.

As we discussed in class, beginning in Week 5 each student will be part of two Tech-In groups.  A Tech-In group of four students will prepare additional readings and/or videos for the class to watch (ten days in advance), and will sit as a panel to lead an in-class discussion on the subject.  We’ll discuss details for Tech-In group’s preparations in advance.

Week 3 – Jan 28 – Jan 31  Drones and Autonomous Vehicles


Week 4 – Feb 4 – Feb 7  Energy and the Arctic


Week 5 – Tues Feb 11 – Cybersecurity

Week 5 – Fri Feb 14 – Tech-In: Sports/Entertainment and Tech-In: Government

Week 6 – Tues Feb 18 – CRISPR  (now Feb 25)

Week 6 – Fri Feb 21 – Tech-In: Environment and Tech-In: Health

Week 7 – Tues Feb 25 – Tech-In: Education and CRISPR

Week 7 – Fri Feb 28 – Tech-In: Finance and Tech-In: Agriculture

Week 8 – Tues Mar 3 – Tech-In: Blockchain and Tech-In: Internet of Things: IoT

Week 9 – March 10-13: Spring Break

Weeks 11 and 12 – Your Papers:  Papers and Oral Presentations

Weeks 13 and 14 – The Future of Technology Policy

April 24 – last day of class

Week 15 – Final Exam – University-wide final exam schedule

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