The online course is taught by a Stanford professor Rob reich, professor of political science at the School of Humanities and Marietje Schaake, director of international policy at the Cyber Policy Center at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford and researcher in international politics at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence.
“We face an unprecedented challenge in administering an election in the midst of a pandemic,” Reich said. “This, combined with our polarized society and our intricate relationship with technology, poses new challenges to the experience of 244 years of democracy in United States, in a way that we could not have imagined even a few decades ago. “
Reich is also professor of philosophy at Stanford (out of courtesy), director of the Stanford McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society, co-director of the Marc and Laura Andreessen faculty for the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and associate director of the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. He is the author of the recent book Give Simply: Why Philanthropy Fails Democracy and How It Can Do Better and co-editor of the next book Digital technology and democratic theory (December 2020). He is the recipient of the Walter J. Gores Award, Stanford’s highest honor for teaching, as well as a Stanford University Alumni Fellow in Undergraduate Education.
Schaake, the co-instructor of the course, is one of the leading voices on technology policy around the world. In addition to her scholarship at Stanford, she brings an international perspective and political expertise, having served as the Netherlands’ elected representative to the European Parliament between 2009 and 2019, where she focused on trade, foreign policies. and technological. Schaake is a contributor to the Financial Times on the intersection of technology and governance, as well as other publications. Two recent articles shed light on the uncontrolled influence of technology and the impact of cybersecurity threats on democracies: How democracies can claim power in the digital world (MIT Technology Review) and The Lawless Kingdom: Countering the Real Cyber Threat (Foreign Affairs).
“Having informed citizens and healthy elections are essential for a functioning democracy,” she observed. “This course provides learners with the opportunity to examine how technology platforms and their policies shape and erode our ability to maintain healthy public discourse in the digital age.”
Reich and Schaake, along with various renowned guest speakers from industry, civil society and academia, will guide learners on a compelling and relevant educational journey. The course is made possible through a collaboration between Stanford Online (managed by the Stanford Center for Professional Development) and Stanford Continuing Studies, which has 8 week paid version from the course open to registration via November 11th. Stanford Online runs the short course on Coursera, as part of its community outreach series.
SOURCE Stanford Online