INF 390N - Information Policy: Internet/Information Policy
Graduate standing. Additional prerequisites may vary with the topic.
Critical examination of conflicts and trends in information policy in private organizations and in federal, state, and international public-sector organizations.
Three lecture hours a week for one semester.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.
Instructor: Angela Newell
Cross-listing of P A 388K, offered by the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
The Information Policy course is a survey course relevant for students interested in understanding the varied components of Information Policy and in engaging in depth study or practical experience with an aspect of Information Policy of particular interest to the individual student. Topics covered in the course include Information Economics; Data, Information, and Open Data and Applications in Planning and Policy Making; Information Analytics; Community Informatics; Information Security; Cybersecurity and Global Internet Governance; Hacktivism and Social Media; The Information Organization and Complex Adaptive Systems Theory; and Planning and Policy Applications for the Future of Information and the Internet of Things; among others.
Students will engage in readings, practical experiences, and guest lectures to cover the subject matter and will be responsible for completing an individual or group project related to a topic of their choosing within the purview of Information Policy. Examples of student projects include exploring how information architecture plays a role in community informatics and regional planning, conducting field research to understand how user design plays a role in open data and local policy making, researching cybersecurity policies and enhancements or hinderances to economic growth, developing a model organizational design to exploit information flows for better policy or economic outcomes, designing an app for disease mitigation, discovering the regulatory barriers to financial inclusion in mobile banking, understanding and exploring any role 3D printing might play in affecting health and health informatics, connecting businesses and local organizations to open data to spur innovation, and those yet to be unleashed by the student imagination.