CISC 181/3.0 Digital Societies

Original Authors: Mahmoud Qutqut and Wendy Powley
Last Revised: 2019-03-29

Calendar Description
This introductory course provides a broad overview and ethical implications of technological topics and trends in the digital world such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Social Networks, Security and Privacy, Data Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence (AI). No programming experience is required.

Prerequisites: None

Equivalency: CISC P81

Learning hours: 120 (36L; 84P)


This course provides an introduction to various computer-based technological developments (e.g., Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Analytics, Social Networks) and discusses their impact on different domains and aspects of modern life (e.g., personal and private; business and industry; education and science). Exact topics may evolve over time.
  • The Evolution of the Digital Society (2 weeks)
  • Internet of Things (2 weeks)
  • Big Data, Data Analytics and Visualization (2 weeks)
  • Cloud Computing (1 week)
  • Automation, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning (2 weeks)
  • Social Networks (1 week)
  • Cybersecurity and Privacy (2 weeks)

Possible Texts

  • Samuel Greengard (2015). The Internet of Things.. MIT Press.
  • Eric Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee (2016). The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies. W. W. Norton & Company.
  • Brad Smith and Harry Shum (2018). The Future Computed: Artificial Intelligence and its Role in Society. Microsoft Press.