Colgate University

First-Year Course Offerings — Fall 2022

FSEM 136   Privacy
RestrictionsNo 2025 2024 2023
Core AreaScientific Perspectives

Faculty Profile for Professor Apthorpe

What is privacy? Why does privacy matter? Is privacy dead? Students examine these and other questions about privacy from social, legal, and technical perspectives. Students explore the history of privacy in the United States from the 1800s to the present, discussing how changing norms and technologies have influenced privacy across society. Then they focus on how the Internet, computing systems, and connected devices have enabled novel privacy vulnerabilities and protections. Finally, students learn how computer scientists study privacy and practice writing about privacy across genres. Students who successfully complete this seminar will satisfy the Scientific Perspective core requirement.

Noah Apthorpe is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science. His research combines human-computer interaction, networks, and machine learning to study privacy & security implications of connected technologies, including Internet of things (IoT) devices.