IV057 Seminar on Information Society

Faculty of Informatics
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
0/2. 2 credit(s) (plus extra credits for completion). Recommended Type of Completion: k (colloquium). Other types of completion: z (credit).
prof. RNDr. Jiří Zlatuška, CSc. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Jiří Zlatuška, CSc.
Department of Computer Science - Faculty of Informatics
Contact Person: prof. RNDr. Jiří Zlatuška, CSc.
Supplier department: Department of Computer Science - Faculty of Informatics
Mon 17. 2. to Fri 15. 5. Fri 10:00–11:50 B410
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
At the end of the course, students should be able to understand better issues related to the information society, gain deeper insight into more specialized topics, and to develop their own ability to interpret technological and social issues related to the information society.
Learning outcomes
Ability to think about impacts of IT on society.
  • Seminar focuses on some aspects of the Information Society. A loose companion seminar to IV064 Information Society based on students work with literature on this topic and talks by the students based on the literature. Studets are required to work independently with relevant literature.
  • Information technologies and the society.
  • Information as a real value.
  • Economic and social impact.
  • Civilizational impacts of the Information Society.
  • Information technologies and democracy.
  • Literatura shodná s IV064
Teaching methods
Seminary, self study of literature, student presentations, and discussions.
Assessment methods
1-2 oral and written presentation, participation in discussions
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Teacher's information
Students can suggest their own literature for seminat presentarion, or they will get suggestions based on their particular area of interest.

Suggested list of literature/topics to be covered include, .g., publications from MIT Essentiql Lniwledge series:

Buckland: Information and Society,

Jirdan: Robots,

Suber: Open Access,

Brabham: Crowdsourcing,

Pomerantz: Metadata

Neff, Nafus: Self-Tracking,

Haber: MOOCs,

Alpaydin: Machine Learning,

Ruparella: Cloud Computing.

Some visionary treatments, such as, e.g.

Toffler: The Third Wave, War and Anti-War,

Schwab: The Fourth Industrial Revolution,

Floridi: The 4th Revolution.

Trend-analysing publications, e.g.,

McNamee: Zucked,

Kai-Fu Lee: AI Superpowers,

Marantz: Anti-Social,

Phillips: This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things,

Morris: Left to Our Own Devices.


The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2004, Spring 2012, Autumn 2012, Spring 2013, Autumn 2013, Spring 2014, Autumn 2014, Spring 2015, Autumn 2015, Spring 2016, Autumn 2016, Spring 2017, Autumn 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, Spring 2021.
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