will identify a
problem or issue that we face with technology (examples include: The lack of
diversity in tech; the digital divide; ethics and technology; issues with AI
and racial bias).
describe the problem, giving concrete examples of it. Then — you will propose
an intervention, mitigation, or solution. Highlight
which school of thought or social science theories you will likely be using to
analyze your assessment of the problem and a possible mitigation. Identify, who
could implement this type of change? Be sure to include at least one
theoretical and one factual citation (more make for a stronger paper
Building on your proposal, describe/explain larger problem or
issue created by or potentially addressed with technology (probably both). Link
you discussion to a theoretical point of view ie. Critical theory,
McDonaldization etc. Advocate for a potential change that can positively
impact. This can be something already on political agendas, or something new.
The mitigation/ change should be something that can be accomplished if
political will is generated. (Legislative changes, changes in policy, shifts in
funding priorities etc). Be explicit! Cite sources, anticipate and answer
potential questions. Identify a group, agency or organization that could
realistically enact or advocate for your change. Include information about the
group, and why they might be the appropriate “change maker” or stakeholder.
Include a copy of the letter/email/statement you could send to the appropriate
elected representative, agency, company etc. Please be sure to have at least 4
academic citations in your paper. You may use course texts 4 as two
of the six. You may have as many non-academic citations (newspapers, online
sources etc), as you like. Example: There
has been quite a bit of discussion about “fake news” and about the standards of
factual information on internet platforms, such as Twitter. Currently, private
corporations control social media standards, but most forms of media have clear
governmental standards. For example, alcohol and tobacco advertising are
limited. Cigarette ads on television and radio have been banned since 1970 when
President Richard Nixon signed the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act. At that
time, tobacco firms were the single-largest product advertisers on television.
Of course, newer technologies are not covered by this law- either on the
product (e-cigarettes) or advertising venue (internet). Laws can change. So can
policies.. Perhaps you larger to Elon Musk why fake news or bots spreading
disinformation should be eliminated on the twitter platform.