Though the Internet Era has provided unparalleled opportunities for democratic society, we see increasing polarization in public discourses. The course, Engaging the Public in the Internet Era surveys different ways the Internet has fostered democratic discourse and also is a tool in instigating social discord. Topics will include e-government, social media and Big Data, online innovations in collaboration, and the use of the internet in spreading disinformation. We will also be considering how emerging technologies, such as AI, may be disruptive to contemporary online practices of democratic governance.
- Understand the intersectionality of the pillars of Public Administration (economy, efficiency, effectiveness, and equity) and internet technologies.
- Develop knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively engage and collaborate with the public.
- Learn to identify and mitigate internet technologies and practices that are harmful to communities’ social and political discourse.
This course meets online weekly on Monday evenings.