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DHP P236: Cyber in the Civilian Sector: Threats and Upheavals

Course Description

There is a myth that the Internet erases borders. But as Internet companies' ability to place localized ads show, that's false. What's more accurate is that the Internet complicates a nation's ability to control of the flow of information within its borders. (This is not a new challenge for sovereign nations; consider the telegraph.) This fluidity has created great economic opportunity and simplified trans-border access, the latter potentially threatening security and other basic state functions. With bits increasingly controlling the world around us, the Digital Revolution poses a highly disruptive threat. In this course, we'll explore cyber clashes in the civilian sec-tor: from jurisdictional issues and the challenges posed by new technologies to criminal activities and impacts on civil infrastructures. While several of the topics are also covered in International Cyber Conflict:¿An Introduction to Power and Conflict in Cyberspace, DHP P249, the intersection between the two courses will be relatively minimal. Cyber in the Civilian Sector will have a greater focus on technology and, naturally enough, on the civilian, as opposed to national security, side of the house.

*limited to 20 Fletcher students
Course faculty: Josephine Wolff
Course duration: Full semester
Credits/Units: 3.0

Fall 2020

Faculty: Josephine Wolff
Day(s): Monday, Wednesday
Time: 9:00 am - 10:15 am
SIS number: 94783

Final Exam

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