New Course Examines Developing U.S. Information Policy Issues

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The College of Library and Information Services (CLIS) will offer the first course at the University of Maryland College Park that deals with information policy. The development of the course is a response to the enthusiastic reception of the Information Policy Seminar series hosted by CLIS, the College of Engineering, and the School of Public Policy in 1993 and 1994. LBSC 708D: Information Policy and the National Infrastructure will be taught by Dr. Fred Weingarten, executive director, Computing Research Association (CRA).

The focus of the course will be the changing nature of information policy with special emphasis on privacy, intellectual property, public access, first amendment issues, and data security and integrity. Consideration of how information policy is made and of the role that changing computer and communication technologies play in shaping it will be examined. The course will explore the structure of U.S. information policy. In particular, it will examine the rapid change in computer and communications technology, as embodied in the proposed new National Information Infrastructure, which will create stresses and changes in information policy. …