Courses of Study 2019-2020 
    Aug 10, 2020  
Courses of Study 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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INFO 4270 - [Ethics and Policy in Data Science]

Fall. Next Offered: 2020-2021. 3 credits. Student option grading.

S. Barocas.

This class will teach students to recognize where and understand why ethical issues can arise when applying data science to real world problems. We will consider issues ranging from privacy to fairness, accountability, and transparency, among others. Students will learn to think critically about how to plan, execute, and evaluate a project with these concerns in mind, and how to cope with novel challenges for which there are often no easy answers or established solutions. To do so, students will develop fluency in the key technical, ethical, policy, and legal terms and concepts that are relevant to a normative assessment of data science; learn about some of the common approaches and emerging tools for mitigating or managing these ethical concerns; and gain exposure to a variety of policy documents that will help students understand the current regulatory environment and anticipate future developments.

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