|Instructors||Ian Goldberg||Jennifer Whitson|
|Seminar times||MW 10:00–11:50 am|
|Virtual Drop-In Hours||Thursdays, 10:00–11:00 am, or by appointment|
This interfaculty graduate seminar explores how surveillance technologies contribute to social inequality, both in Canada and globally. It examines current research into technologies that help users maintain their privacy, both online and in the physical world. Seminar readings, discussions, and projects demonstrate how successful interventions into privacy violations, censorship, and digital discrimination are interdisciplinary, and rely on the intersection of technology, policy, law, and critical theory.
This synchronous seminar will take place within the BigBlueButton (BBB) web conferencing server [a link to the online seminar room can be found on LEARN]. The seminar will primarily consist of reading, reviewing, and presenting research papers. There will be two papers assigned to each class period, selected from the following topics:
All students are to have read both of the papers before the class, and to have submitted a review for one of them (of the student's choice) by 9:00 am on the day of the lecture. Each paper will be presented to the class by one student, in a 25-minute conference-style presentation. The student presenting the paper will then lead the class in a discussion of the paper, taking 55 minutes for the presentation and discussion in total for each paper.
Students may choose to present live in the BBB room, or they may pre-record their presentations to be played back in the BBB room during their allotted time. To accommodate those students who may not be able to participate synchronously, all seminar presentations will be recorded and made available via LEARN for the following 14 days.
There are one discussion forum for each class session, hosted on Piazza. Presenters for each day are responsible for collaboratively hosting a discussion forum for the 7 days following their presentations. Presenters will collectively generate conversation about exemplar interdisciplinary projects, link to current events, etc., on topics related to the papers presented that day. All students are expected to participate in each forum discussion.
Note that all times for this course are specified in Eastern Time (the timezone of Waterloo and Toronto).
Students will work in interfaculty groups of 2–4 on an original research project on a topic related to surveillance and privacy. Each group will submit a proposal and the optional group charter to the instructor no later than 19 Oct at noon. Students are strongly encouraged to produce and submit an artifact in the form of software, video submission, website or other media, generating inspiration from the projects linked to in the course readings. Near the end of term, groups will present their work to the class in a 30-minute (including five minutes for questions) conference-style presentation. In addition, by 7 Dec at 11:59 pm they will produce a workshop-quality paper, 10–15 pages in length (approximately 8,000–12,000 words), describing their artifact and project. A completed group contract should be submitted with the final project.
Grades for this seminar will be calculated as follows:
|20%||Paper presentations and forum moderation|
|15%||Reviews of papers|
To provide some workload flexibility, only your top 15 paper reviews, 15 class contributions, and 15 forum engagements will count towards your final grade.
Grades will be available after the end of term through LEARN.
The instructors reserve the right to alter your final project grade to reflect your contributions, as per your submitted group contracts.
If you cannot attend synchronous class sessions, please let us know in advance and we will provide an opportunity for you to shift the weighting of your class participation mark towards forum participation. All seminar sessions will be recorded and linked on LEARN for a period of 14 days. All other grade components will remain unchanged.
Note that students are not generally permitted to submit the same work for credit in multiple classes. For example, if a student has reviewed or presented one of the papers in another seminar class, he or she should avoid reviewing or presenting it again for this class.
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