Tech Chops

Suggested Price: $199.00

Ramp up your tech chops while exploring the critical tech issues facing society: cybersecurity, information privacy, and universal access.

Minimum Price: $99.00

Description

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Tech Chops.  We are just at the very beginning of the information age.  Ahead of us lies the potential of universal education (hey, that’s our game!), greater global equity and prosperity, and through constructive communication, resolutions to problems that have long plagued us. Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. Berner-Lee, in his recent Wired article on the 30-year anniversary of the Web, frames up three challenges we must address three sources of dysfunction affecting today’s web:

  • Deliberate, malicious intent, such as state-sponsored hacking and attacks, criminal behavior, and online harassment.
  • System design that creates perverse incentives where user value is sacrificed, such as ad-based revenue models that commercially reward clickbait and the viral spread of misinformation.
  • Unintended negative consequences of benevolent design, such as the outraged and polarized tone and quality of online discourse.

In Tech Chops you will develop a foundation of technical literacy while researching and exploring these societal questions in a group environment.

  • Cyber Security
    • External threats: hacking, spam, phishing.
    • Internal protections: antivirus, firewalls, blockers, data and file management
  • Net neutrality, commercialization vs. public resources
  • Big data opportunities and pitfalls
  • Information privacy

This is a serious course playfully designed for your empowerment and financial sanity.

Logistics

This is a small group program designed to run for one month, with weekly video conference meetings.

Please sign up on the waiting list and we will contact you when enough students enroll.

Mentors: Michael Freedman

Program Designer(s): Michael Freedman

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