Week 14: Cyber Policy

These podcasts deal with the readings for week 14. The subject is cybersecurity. As the University has a number of classes solely devoted to this subject, we will give it only the briefest of treatments.

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Writing Podcasts

These are four podcasts that deal with some key writing issues.

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Week 13: Work

This week we will consider technology and the workforce.  Of all the subjects that we treat, this is the one that is most political.  People tend to see in this issue the results that are supported by their predisposition.  Not all of those predispositions are misleading.  However, it is useful to know when we are following such ideas and when we are really analyzing the situation.

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150100 coverA more detailed look at two major trends in employment: the hollowing the middle and crowdsourcing.


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Week 12: eGovernment

We will deal with the narrow definition of eGovernment d: how you deliver government services electronically.

150100 cover First overview of the readings. A little more expanded than normal. Estonia as the model. Basic reports from the US. voting.


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150100 cover The second podcast gets into some of the details of eGovernment: Bring your own devices. The 2003 Congressional Act. DC. Bureaucracies. Comparison with corporate innovation.


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Week 11: Health Records & Big Data

In the end, it may not be the computations or the communications but the data. This week, we look at two topics in the debate over data: Electronic Healthcare Records and Big Data.

150100 cover Overview of the readings. Also a few basic definitions and a reminder that cyber issues often involve transactions because transactions are one way of describing the public.


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The issues with healthcare records revolve around privacy, privacy for both the patient and the provider. Surprisingly, privacy often concerns financial issues as much as health issues.

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Overview of the WTO and the ITA

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Week 10: Trade, WTO & ITA

Trade & Globalization. Both are difficult if not impossible without computing technology. At the same time, computing has built a global market that is centered on a relatively small number of regions. The World Trade Organization, the WTO and the Information Technology Agreement form the basic structure for that movement of goods and services.

150100 cover Overview of the readings. Some of this week’s material is drawn from internal documents and presentations, which tend to give a picture of how it beliveves the institution to work rather than how it actually works.


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Overview of the WTO and the ITA

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Week 9: eCommerce

eCommerce. Cybercommerce. Business over the Internet. They are all the same things. However, none of them is natural. We have had to spend nearly 2 decades building they infrastructure to support business activities on the network. We have had to deal with issues of taxation, risk, and payment. This week we look at several of the key topics in cyber commerce.

150100 cover The usual overview of the readings. Please note that I have added some material on OAS following the discussion with our last visitor.


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Bitcoin is our next subject. This topic is less controversial than you might think, aside from the issue that it might be used to cover criminal activity.

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In this last podcast, we look at some of the more fundamental issues that underly internet based commerce.

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Week 8: Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality. It is an issue that is commonly connected with ICANN and the DNS server but it has little to do with either. It is primarily a national problem, a problem of how the government of any nation-state allows the use of capital for communications. In the US, it is being discussed at the FCC. In other countries, it is generally being treated in a similar kind of ministry or agency.

150100 cover Again, we start with an overview of the readings and the order in which you approach the readings. For most of you, you will find the subject simpler if you listen to the podcasts first.


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Next, we need to deal with background material on communications regulation. The U.S. developed its policies through two strands. The first regulated telephones (and telegraphs). However, this process devoted about 80 years to dealing with a state regulated monopoly. The second strand dealt with radio, which presents an experience a little more relevant to our current situation

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Finally, we come to the issue of Net Neutrality. In this podcast, I made the argument that it is largely an economic issue that deals with the use of capital.

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Week 7: Internet Background

At the center of much of the cyber policy discussion is the Internet. This week, we start with the background of this infrastructure and try to understand how we look at it and are shaping it. Behind all of these podcasts is the argument that both governments and businesses have an interest in an infrastructure that promotes action at a distance.

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The second podcast gives some of the conceptual background for the internet.

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The Third podcast covers the early technical history.

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The last describes the basic internet institutions.


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Week 6: Protecting Intellectual Property

One of the roles of the state, a role that dates back to the Treaties of Westphalia, is the obligation to support commerce within its boarders. That includes supporting the role of inventor, a role that is founded on the idea of intellectual property. Inventors have certain rights over their inventions. This week, we look at the different categories of rights and how those rights are evolving to fit the needs of computing technology.

150100 cover The usual overview of the readings. This week the readings divide into four distinct groups


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Our second podcast is an overview of intellectual property that considers Trade Secrets and Copyrights.

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The next podcast continues the overview of intellectual property and gives a background on patents.

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Finally, we look at the international aspects of intellectual property.


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Sean recommended this YouTube video on Intelletual property: