Information and Society-E2

Numbering Code U-LAS30 10019 LE13 Year/Term 2021 ・ First semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Lecture
Target Year All students Target Student For all majors
Language English Day/Period Mon.5
Instructor name LIN, Donghui (Graduate School of Informatics Program-Specific Associate Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course In the current society we use variety of information technologies, which have enormous influence on our daily lives, economical activities, industry, public policies, education and so on. In order to get higher perspective and wider view to understand information-based society, we need knowledge of the history of informatics science and technology and their impact on our society.
In this lecture students will get fundamental knowledge of information technology and the interrelation between information, technology and society.
This lecture course covers topics related to social impacts of ICT and treatment/management of information in our society including information economics, intellectual property, media literacy, social media and so on.
Course Goals Students will be able to explain social impacts of ICT and treatment/management of information in our society as well as basic issues related to information economy and information society. They will also be able to formulate their own opinions about information technologies, information ethics and their interplay with society.
Schedule and Contents 1. Introduction: information, information society, Internet, relation of information, society and technology (about 2 weeks)

2. Information policy and ethics: ICT infrastructure and the society, ICT policy in Japan, Society 5.0, Industry 4.0, ethical issues related to the information society (about 2 weeks)

3. Information and education: information education, computer literacy, media literacy, information literacy, e-learning, MOOC, blended learning, digital divide, e-books (about 2 weeks)

4. Information and law: freedom of expression, right to know, right to be forgotten, information privacy as well as intellectual and industrial property rights such as patents and copyrights (about 2 weeks)

5. Information and economy: economic transactions, search/recommendation models for products, information asymmetry, network externality, lock-in phenomenon, path dependence, electronic payments, e-commerce, advertising on the Internet, impact of Internet on economy (about 3 weeks)

6. Information archiving: digital content archiving, digital libraries, usage of archived contents, information validity over time (about 1 week)

7. Digital governance: digital democracy, digital community, social media, cloud computing (about 1 week)

8. Social computing: human computation, crowdsourcing, collective intelligence (about 1 weeks)

9. Feedback(1 week)
Evaluation Methods and Policy The evaluation will be based on your reports for assignments. There are two types of assignments:
- Assignments of short answer questions (50%): Each assignment will cover 2-3 weeks’ lecture contents.
- Two assignments of essay writings (1,200 English words for each) regarding specified topics (50%).

All the assignments will be available via the PandA system.
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Students will review materials after classes based on the slides.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Lecture slides will be available via the PandA system.
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