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By the end of the Think Tank, the students will have:
- Obtained an in-depth and thorough understanding of the
policies, values and rationales underlying the concepts of transparency and
- Learned the historical origins of privacy and
transparency and how the legal and constitutional standards governing the
concepts are evolving.
- Gained an appreciation of the relative value other
countries places on transparency and privacy and how they have reconciled the
concepts when they are at odds with one another.
- Explored how society has weighted and balanced privacy
vs. transparency in specific areas such as government, the media, the education
system, the financial industries, the military and/or the internet.
- Obtained a basic working familiarity with social media
and other new Web 2.0 communications platforms.
Explored how social media, with its emphasis on sharing
and inter-connectivity, unavoidably fosters both personal and institutional
transparency and undermines the concept of privacy.
- Been exposed to the thinking of the leading
commentators and advocates of the transparency and privacy movements.
- Developed a personal philosophy and analytical approach
as to how they will balance the interests of privacy and transparency when
confronted with real life situations in the future.
- Participated in a collaborative, self-directed, group
oriented learning experience in a transparent environment.
- Developed a work product addressing some contemporary
aspect of privacy and/or transparency which will have educational value and/or
social utility beyond the course.