Learn about some of the thorniest ethical challenges facing the tech industry by studying emerging innovations like artificial intelligence, analyzing popular apps like Snapchat and designing your own app.

This course is an introduction to the study of emerging digital technologies and their impact on society. Students will learn to ask fundamental questions and think critically about how digital devices and services are transforming the way people learn, work, socialize, shop, bank, obtain health care, as well as engage in community and political activism. They will gain familiarity with digital innovation trends, learn to identify and interview trustworthy experts in the field, and examine their own personal technology use.

In this course, students will apply what they have learned in order to design their own apps. The course will focus on these themes against the backdrop of New York City, a major hub for technology innovation and funding as well as for research in fields like data security, privacy and technology ethics. The goal of this course is to help students develop a framework to analyze how new technologies impact the world around them. Through team projects, research and interactive activities, students should gain a foundation to help them create their own innovations as well as think more deeply about how their personal choice of gadgets and apps influences their own lives.

Course Highlights

Summer Academy enables students to dive deep into a course of study, sharpening skills for their academic and professional futures. Each course is carefully designed to suit student interests and encourage intellectual curiosity.

• Students will learn to identify and investigate emerging innovations, track down and interview trustworthy experts, think and write critically about technology.

• Students will become an accountable creator and innovator through a hands-on app design project

• The course will encourage students to graduate from being a passive consumer to an active evaluator of technology who can analyze the implications and consequences of disruptive innovations both for individual users and society at large.

• Site visits will vary based on the instructors and terms. Previous courses have visited: Cornell Tech & Cornell Innovation Lab, Foursquare, Oscar Health, x.ai (an artificial intelligence start-up) and Venmo headquarters. Students will also have the opportunity to visit The New York Times newsroom and/or The Times printing press.

• Speakers and lecturers will vary with the instructors and terms. Previous speakers include: Sapna Maheshwari (Business Reporter, The New York Times), Aaron Krolik (New York Times, software engineer and data reporters), Greg Hochmuth (founder of Dreams.TV and former engineer, Google, Facebook, Instagram), John Paul Farmer (Microsoft’s Director of Civic Innovation in NYC) and Liz O’Sullivan (Chief Technologist, Surveillance Technology Oversight Project).

Please note: All information is subject to change at the discretion of The School of The New York Times.

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,225*

Residential Program: $5,825*

Dates: June 21 - July 3

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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