Digital Footprints, Free Speech, Privacy and Propaganda

Fall 2019, Manchester, 2 hrs

    Freedom isn't free, and neither is the Internet. Some of the world's largest corporation are stalking you, collecting data and selling access to you (personally) to others, including political campaigns and nation-state propaganda,  To maximize their profit, they seek to dominate your screen time with kittens, fear and outrage. At the same time they censor or de-prioritize content they consider objectionable from hate speech to controversial topics. This class may help you pop your filter bubble and get a better idea of who is doing what to you and why when you are online.

Class Outline


Warning Signals:
Tristan Harris How do you ethically steer the thoughts and actions of two billion people’s minds every day?
Zeynep Tufekci We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads

Data for Democracy - volunteering to address the digital challenges
Alliance for securing democracy - under the German Marshall Fund for the U.S.
Common Sense Media - nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families--providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice 
SocialScienceOne Initiative - Universities, Facebook, etc. "focuses on the effect of social media on democracy and elections,"

Political persuaders