SemesterFall Semester, 2019
DepartmentProgram(master level) Program(undergraduate level)
Course NameInformation Technology and Global Governance
InstructorLIU FU-KUO
Course TypeElective
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

1. 9/13 Holiday

2. 9/20 Course introductions (All)

All the course teachers will meet the students and introduce the course and contents

3. 9/27 Exploring Global Governance (Dr. Guru)

An overview of global governance will be introduced and certain concepts and theoretical debates on global governance will be discussed in the class.

4. 10/4 Information Technology & Global Governance (Dr. Guru)

This class will examine the interaction between technology and global governance and discuss as to how disruptive technologies warrant concerted global efforts to govern them.

5. 10/11 Holiday

6. 10/18 United Nations & Global Governance (Prof. Wu)

7. 10/25 United Nations & Global Governance (Prof. Wu)

8. 11/1 AI & Global Governance (Prof. Hu)

Exploring the issues of AI and global governance. In general, global governance is roughly divided into 4 stages: agenda-setting, policy making, implementation & enforcement and evaluation, monitoring, and adjustment. The goal of AI governance is to devise global norms, policies, and institutions to ensure the beneficial development and use of advanced AI techniques globally. Current important AI governance challenges and research agenda will be addressed and discussed.

9. 11/8 AI and Society (Prof. Hu)

Investigating the pros and cons of using advanced AI technology in human society. Various major AI research challenge issues, such as fairness, accountability, transparency, and ethics, will be examined when we use the emerging AI techniques for decision-making in our society.

10. 11/15 5G and Global Governance (Dr. Guru)

This class will investigate the forthcoming 5G revolution and the importance of shaping appropriate governing structures to militate the challenges it poses to individuals as well as states.

11. 11/22 Autonomous Vehicles & Global Governance (Dr. Guru)

This class will analyse the emergence of automnous vehilces and radical changes brought about in transportation and discuss the need for various governing arrangements.

12. 11/29 Block Chain & Cryptocurrency (Dr. Guru)

This class will explore as to how blockchain and cryptocurrency may challenge the existing financial systems and institutions and discuss the need for consensual global arrangements to govern them.

13. 12/6 GDPR’s Global Impact on Privacy (Prof. Chen & Prof. Wu)

This class will discuss the following topics: What is GDPR? Privacy and Data Protection, Will GDPR become the global standard for data protection? Opportunities and Challenges.

14. 12/13 Internet transactions, Internet Fragmentation and Infrastructure (Prof. Wu)

15. 12/20 Group Project Presentation

16. 12/27 National Security and Privacy in AI Era (Prof. Hu)

Current status of national AI strategy development in China and US will be introduced. We point out the surveillance state problems, such as personal privacy and human rights violation, from using the AI advanced techniques for facial recognition from social media data analytics on citizens’ surveillance. The road to digital unfreedom with AI-based surveillance and social media data analytics will be debated in the class.

17. 1/3 Information Technology Governance and National Security (Prof. Liu)

Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant



Evaluation criteria

Class participation: 20

Individual term paper: 30

Group term paper with presentation: 50

Textbook & Reference

Mandatory Readings:

WEEK3 (9/27)

-Thomas G. Weiss, Global Governance: Why? What? Whither? (John Wiley & Sons : 2013) Chapters 1 & 2

-Hofferberth, Mapping the Meanings of Global Governance: A Conceptual Reconstruction of a Floating Signifier, Millennium Journal of International Studies, Vol. 43 (2), 2015, pp. 598-617. 

-James N. Rosenau, Governance in the Twenty-First Century, Global Governance, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Winter 1995), pp. 13-43.

WEEK4 (10/4)

-James N. Rosenau and J P Singh (eds.), Information Technologies and Global Politics: The Changing Scope of Power and Governance, Albany: State University of New York Press, 2002. (Chapter 1, Introduction, pp. 1-38)

WEEK5 (10/11) Holiday

WEEK6 (10/18) & WEEK7 (10/25)

- Château de Bossey, June 2005, Report of the Working Group on Internet Governance

- Dr Jovan Kurbalija, 2016, DiploFoundation (7th edition), An Introduction to Internet Governance, Chapters 1,2 & 7


- Tunis Agenda For The Information Society

WEEK8 (11/1)

-Allan Dafoe, AI Governance: A Research Agenda, 2018

-Peter Cihon, Standards for AI Governance: International Standards to Enable Global Coordination in AI Research & Development, Apr. 2019

WEEK9 (11/8)

-Artificial Intelligence in Society, OECD, 2019

?-AI NOW report 2018:

WEEK10 (11/15)

-Xuewu Gu et al (2019), Geopolitics and the Global Race for 5G, CGS Global Focus, May 2019,

WEEK11 (11/22)

-Greg Allen and Taniel Chan, Artificial Intelligence and National Security. 2017

-Surveillance State of the Union

-President Xi’s Surveillance State, Jan., 2019.

Journal of Democracy, John Hopkins Univ. Press

WEEK12 (11/29)

- Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn, Bitcoin and Beyond: Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains and Global Governance, New York: Routledge, 2018.

- Antoon Spithoven (2019) Theory and Reality of Cryptocurrency Governance,Journal of Economic Issues, 53:2, 385-393.


WEEK13 (12/6)

-The Impact of GDPR on Global Technology Development

-Why and how GDPR applies to companies globally

-How GDPR is shaping global data protection

-What has been the global impact of the GDPR in its first year?

-New European Union Data Law GDPR Impacts Are Felt By Largest Companies: Google, Facebook

-The True Global Effect of the GDPR

-A New Era for Privacy: GDPR six months on

-The international impact and opportunity of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

WEEK14 (12/13)

-William J. Drake, Vinton G. Cerf, Wolfgang KleinwächterInternet "Fragmentation: An Overview" (World Economic Forum, 2016)

WEEK16 (12/27)

- Araz Taeihagh & Hazel Si Min Lim (2019) Governing autonomous vehicles: emerging responses for safety, liability, privacy, cybersecurity, and industry risks, Transport Reviews, 39:1, 103-128.

- Rex B. Hughes, The Autonomous Vehicle Revolution And The Global Commons, SAIS Review of International Affairs, Volume 36, Number 2, Summer-Fall 2016, pp. 41-56.

- Jack Stilgoe, Machine learning, social learning and the governance of self-driving cars, Social Studies of Science, 2018, Vol. 48(1) 25–56

WEEK17 (1/3)

Optional Readings:


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