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Free Online Course on Privacy, Reputation, and Identity in a Digital Age

The University of Michigan is offering free online course on Privacy, Reputation, and Identity in a Digital Age. In this Teach-Out University will consider questions of privacy, surveillance, reputation, and identity using a case study approach.

Learners will hear from experts and engage in conversation using real-world scenarios across multiple topic areas. The course will start on November 6, 2017.

Course At Glance

Effort: 2 hours of engagement in one session
Subject: Personal Development
Institution: University of Michigan and Coursera
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course starts on November 6, 2017

Providers’ Details

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

About This Course

Reputation has long been prized. In its traditional form, people who know something about you use this knowledge to form opinions. Their collective sense of who you are—your reputation—affects how people treat you: it shapes all of your social interactions.

In today’s world, additional knowledge about you resides in “big data” collected by individuals, organizations, companies, and governments. Increasingly, data about you are being processed by algorithms to draw conclusions: to form something like opinions.

This combination of data and algorithms creates a new digital reputation which increasingly shapes your life, from recommending purchases and suggesting friends to prompting actions based solely on your digital footprint.

Who gathers, owns, and controls this data? Where do they get it, and how? How do they use it? Is it shared with people, processed by algorithms, used to construct your choices? What should we think about all of this?

Learning Outcomes

In this Teach-Out University will consider questions of privacy, surveillance, reputation, and identity using a case study approach. Learners will hear from experts and engage in conversation using real-world scenarios across multiple topic areas.

Requirements

None

Instructors

Tim McKay

Sol Bermann, University Privacy Officer; Interim Chief Information Security Officer

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Create a Coursera account to SignUp
  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.

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