CSCI 7000: Strengthening Democracy Through Technology
- Name: Shivakant Mishra
- Office: ECCR 1B22
- Office Hours: Monday: 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon; Thursday: 1:00-2:00 PM
- Phone: (303)492-4686.
- Email: mishras AT cs DOT colorado DOT e-d-u
Digital revolution in the form of social networking, artificial intelligence and big data, and near ubiquitous access to sophisticated computing devices and information is shaping our democratic process-for better or worse. There is a general belief that our entire democratic process is under siege due a variety of factors such as rampant disinformation online, corruption/distortion of the political process by narrow interests, insufficient critical thinking skills, voter suppression/disenfranchisement activities, and rampant polarization and inability to bridge divides. The main goal of this interdisciplinary course is to gain an understanding of how current technology is impacting the democratic process and how we can strengthen democracy through technology. The course will consist of reading papers and discussing relevant topics in class, and working on term papers.
- This course takes the view that the problems our democratic system is facing due to digital revolution are very complex and would require a multidisciplinary effort to address them. To this end, the course is intended for students from diverse backgrounds such as Computer Science, Political Science, Education and Sociology. If the course description interests you, please contact the instructor.
- No prior programming experience is needed to take this course.
CSCI 7000 Strengthening Democracy Through Technology at http://moodle.cs.colorado.edu.
- Topic presentations, discussion and term paper: 60%
- Topic discussions (both online and in-class) and class attendance: 40%
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