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  • Locations: Warsaw, Poland
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: The School of Russian and Asian Studies 
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/15/2017 10/16/2017 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/15/2018 03/16/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/15/2018 03/16/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Guthrie, Nancy Housing Options: Apartment/Flat, Dormitory, Off Campus
Language of Instruction: English, Polish Host Country Language: Russian
Sponsor:
Iowa State
ISU Course:
INTED
Program Description:
Security and Society in the Information Age
Cybersecurity, New Media, and the Digitalization of Society 

Digitalization has led to innovation in nearly every aspect of society. It has also exposed numerous new risks to the individual and state. Security and Society in the Information Age is a study abroad program that explores both the possibilities and hazards of our new era.

Discussions of new media often focus on its powers to encourage internationalism and civic engagement, stemming from its placement of mass communications infrastructure directly into the hands of society at large. This paradigm shift has been felt around the world and particularly within young democracies of Central and Eastern Europe, where new media have played a significant role in the region's rapid social development and international integration.

With new possibilities, however, come new risks. New media has helped not only dissidents to organize, but also terrorist cells. States have integrated information technology into foreign policy and even military strategy. The free movement of information has made retaining classified information essential to state security a major problem. Although solid cybersecurity policies are now needed by all states, most politicians and officials do not understand cybersecurity.

This program is for students of sociology, political science, journalism, and computer science who are interested in better understanding the new "Society 2.0" in which we are now living. Students will gain a powerful understanding of the role new technology is playing in the world, and can play in their careers in government, political activism, journalism, or academia.

For more information, and to apply, click here.