Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Information Technology, Policy, and the Future of Governance

The dot-com and telecom bubbles have burst, yet the Internet is still thriving. Web 2.0 is taking off. By the same token, regulatory policies (such as intellectual property, information security, and data privacy) may need much more than just an evolutionary adjustment. Overall, information (and control over it) has become a more visible source of power. And unlike the speed of technological change, we have made little progress in debating the larger policy implications: from security and the delivery of e-government services to online democracy and the future of governance. Building on numerous case studies, this course offers a framework to analyze the options and challenges posed by modern information and communication technologies and examines strategic options decision makers in both the public and private sectors may want to add to their policy toolkit.


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