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Courses listed with a department number are available to enrolled Stanford students. Check the Stanford Bulletin for course offerings in the current academic term.

Ethics of Technological Disruption

Rob Reich, Professor of Political Science and, by courtesy, Professor of Philosophy and of Education, Stanford

Mehran Sahami, Professor (Teaching) of Computer Science; Robert and Ruth Halperin University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, Stanford

Jeremy Weinstein, Professor of Political Science; Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; Sakurako and William Fisher Family Director, Stanford Global Studies Division; Ford-Dorsey Director of African Studies, Stanford

Hilary Cohen, Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow, The McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society, Stanford

  Course Description:    Course website:   In 2001 Google adopted the tagline “Don’t Be Evil” to describe its...

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Ethics, Public Policy, and Technological Change

Taught by Professors Rob ReichMehran Sahami, and Jeremy Weinstein

Ethics, Public Policy, and Technological Change is a new undergraduate course whose aim is to explore the ethical and social...

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Free Speech, Democracy, and the Internet

Taught by Nate Persily

This course will cover contemporary challenges to democracy presented by the Internet.  Topics will include disinformation, polarization, hate speech, media...

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Policy Practicum: Creating a Social Media Oversight Board for Content Decisions

Paul Brest, Former Dean and Professor Emeritus

Nathaniel Persily, James B. McClatchy Professor of Law

Dan Ho, William Benjamin Scott and Luna M. Scott Professor of Law

Rob Reich, Professor of Political Science

In recent years, social media platforms have faced public scrutiny for their practices in managing controversial content. New technologies are...

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