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Policy Drafting Exercise
Emerging technologies present new opportunities and risks to our society. For
example, the Internet of Things (IoT) permits innumerable devices to connect and
share data. This permits operations to be remotely monitored and may jeopardize
the privacy of individuals. Also, artificial Intelligence (AI) is a technology where
intelligent machines and decision algorithms have been developed and refined
with little public discussion, debate and oversight. Another emerging technology
is the autonomous vehicle that relieves human drivers countless decisions, but
also creates dependencies on inadequately vetted automatic actions. These
technologies, and possibly more, provide significant opportunities for
modernization while illuminating real ethical and legal challenges. Each raises
security concerns highlighting the need for policy guidance.
The paper is designed to explore the current state and direction of an emerging
technology, to identify key security, legal and ethical issues, and to articulate and
explain key principles that must be incorporated in public policy to guide and
protect our use of the technology. The exploration of policy principles should also
consider who could/should issue such needed policy.
The paper should contain:
· A description of the technology and its direction
· A presentation of the security, legal and ethical issues involved with the technology as well as the benefits it offers
· An exploration of what policy is needed, who is the best source for such policy (government, industry, ?), high-level guidance/direction for what the policy should contain – to include identification of necessary basic principles
The author determines the structure of the paper. A Table of Contents and
section headings should improve the readability of the paper. An expectation is
that about a third of the paper will address the technology, its benefits and issues,
and at least a third will present policy recommendations.
It is important to clearly identify the technology. The student may choose to
address the Internet of Things (IoT), selecting a limited focus (home, medicine,
etc.). The student may choose to explore autonomous or self-driving vehicles.
The student may choose some facet of artificial intelligence or the use of
algorithmic decision-making. The student may choose to address robots. The
student may choose . . . It is strongly recommended that students provide a one paragraph description of their paper focus for review no later than March 10. (This was never done)
The paper will be 10 – 12 pages in length, double-spaced. The page limitation does
not include the Title Page, Table of Contents or the Reference List. No Abstract is
needed. (Grades may be reduced for papers that considerably exceed the 12 page
limit.) Students are expected to write at a professional level and to
comply with the format requirements of the Publication Manual of the American
Psychological Association, 6th Edition. Careful attention should be given to
spelling, punctuation, source citations, references, and the presentation of tables
and figures. Please refer to the institutions policies on academic dishonesty and
plagiarism. If you are uncomfortable writing, please consult with the
Writing Center for assistance.
Policy Drafting Paper – Evaluation Guide
Content (Understanding of the topic, soundness and completeness of the policy, and rationale for the conclusion presented)
· Description of current state of the emerging technology: 10%
· Benefits, issues and challenges of the technology: 15%
· Policy to control data collection, sharing and use limitations of the emerging technology: 35%
· Conclusion: 10%
· References and citations: 5%
· Clarity/style (how well you communicated your ideas in writing): 15%
· Writing ( grammar, usage, spelling, and punctuation): 10%

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