Course Description

Public policy issues that affect the information, library, and telecommunication sectors. These include privacy and security, intellectual property, freedom of expression, communications access, and public sector information. Application of economic, legal, and political science concepts to policy analysis.



Professor of Record

Martha Garcia-Murillo


Graduate students

Learning Objectives

After taking this course, students will be able to:

  • Locate, select, use, and evaluate sources of policy-related information. 

  • Apply research tools for the location and citation of information policy materials 

  • Identify a specific information policy concern, assess it, and make recommendations. 

  • Analyze and critique basic public policy issues of the digital economy. We define these basic areas as: information and network economics, access to information, network neutrality, intellectual property, ; information economics and policy; access and affordability; network neutrality, privacy, security; freedom of speech, and regulation. The course is issue-based and attempts to teach these topics in a globally applicable way. 

  • Apply key concepts from economics, law, ethics and political science to the analysis of communication and information policy issues. Know how different schools of thought approach these issues. 

  • Recognize the reasons, circumstances, and factors that lead to government intervention. 

  • Discern and research emerging information policy issues and the way organizations are affected by or influence such policies. 

  • Advocate for and implement sensible ethical information and technology policy in organizational and other settings as well as in the larger society. 

  • Improve your oral analytic and visual presentation ability by presenting policy alternatives through class participation in simulations, debates, and formal group presentations.

Course Syllabi

IST 618 Fall 2021 Syllabus - Martha Garcia-Murillo

IST 618 Fall 2021 Syllabus - Ian MacInnes

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