POL481H1F / POL2240H1F and GLA2010H – Geopolitics of Cyberspace

(Restricted to Munk MGA Students in the Spring)

Term: Fall and Winter/Spring
Day & Time: Tuesday 2-4pm
Instructor(s): Ronald Deibert
New information and communication technologies, such as the Internet, are widely believed to be transforming world politics. While these transformations have brought about important challenges to state power and authority, they have not eliminated power politics and the quest for security and competitive advantage among actors on the world stage. Today, states and non-state actors alike are seeking ways to control information and information systems to pursue political objectives. The control of information has long been widely seen as a source of political power, and is manifest today in competition over both the media and the messages of the global communications environment. From the filtering and interception of Internet traffic to the circulation of home-made videos by militant Islamists, a new geopolitics of information and communication technologies is underway. The Geopolitics of ICTs course is an intensive examination of the ways in which states and non-state actors are contesting the newly evolving terrain of global digital-electronic-telecommunications.  The course is organized as a series of modules focused around the research of the Citizen Lab (http://www.citizenlab.org/), an interdisciplinary research laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.