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School of Cyber Policy

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School of Cyber Policy is a free educational programme aimed at high school and college students, who have not focused their education and are not majoring in Computer Science or a related field. This is because the curriculum will be introductory and the goal is to introduce participants to topics related to cyber policy.  
This School is the continuation of the ''Little School of International Relations'' (LSIR) which was held in the spring of 2017, and received excellent reviews. According to feedback the students gave us after the LSIR and the overwhelming interest they expressed in learning more about cyber security, cyber policy and the interplay between technology and international relations, we decided to create the School of Cyber Policy. 
 
The course starts on October 25th and will end on December 20th. During the 9 weeks, participants will attend a weekly lecture at the American Corner in Banja Luka, which will be held in English. Please note that the final assignment will be in English and the working language of the course will be English. 
 
The course will consist of 9 lectures, all of which will heavily involve the participants and require them to be active in class. The school will feature lecturers who are experts in their fields, some of them work for world renowned companies and institutions (such as RedHat, Inc.) or have been educated at some of the best universities in Europe and abroad. The final assignment will be a written paper of at least 2000 words on a topic the student chooses, but that has to pre-approved by the Program Coordinator.
 
A certificate of completion will be given to students who awarded a passing grade. Their participation in class and the grade they get for their final assignment will determine their final grade. 

The School of Cyber Policy was created in order to help high school and college students improve their critical thinking skills, since the local education system does not foster enough critical thinking and self-evaluation. Students will be required to assess current events and global issues from different perspectives. The School will question sources of information and require students to assess their own skills and knowledge in an impartial and objective manner. 

We aim to:
  • Educate young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina about international affairs and technology;
  • Raise awareness about the state of the IT and cyber security job market, focusing on what it can offer considering the massive demand for experts, in order to encourage young people to consider different careers, alternative education paths and entrepreneurial possibilities;
  • Special focus will be on educating them about cyber security, its impact on the world, the effect it has on relations between countries, and what students need to be aware of to protect themselves;
  • Familiarize them with concepts such as crypotcurrencies, machine learning, Artificial Intelligence and twitterplomacy, as well as highly technical terms they need to understand in order to analyze global developments in technology and international crises that stem from cyber security issues;
  • Challenge them to use critical thinking when analyzing global affairs and cyber security news, offer differing perspectives, and give them the basic knowledge needed to assess information and avod falling pray to fake news and experts.

Topics

  1.  Architecture of the Web
  2.  CryptoCurrencies
  3.  Machine Learning and AI
  4.  Twitterplomacy
  5.  Who controls the internet
  6.  Most common threats on the internet
  7.  Case study I: Takedown of the DNS server
  8.  Case study II: Hacking of the DNC
  9.  Case study III: Petya

Requirements & Outcome

 
To be eligible for school students must:
  • Be enrolled in high school OR a university. Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome; 
  • Study or have a background in a field that is NOT Computer Science or a related field. This is a course for beginners and those who possess advanced knowledge might find the course unsatisfactory;
  • Possess an intermediate or advanced level of English. The working language of the course will be English and some of the language used during the course will be industry specific and too difficult for those who are not comfortable with English;
  • Be open-minded and ready to actively participate in class in a respectful and professional manner;
  • Be ready to do their own research, write a final assignment and be accountable for all the information they cite in their work.

Evaluation:
At the end of the course, participants will be given an anonymous survey to fill out, where they will be able to mark each of the lecturers, the course overall, comment on the usefulness of the information given and the knowledge they gained. They will be able to give feedback in the form of comments, ratings, and suggest improvements, as well as propose other topics and what future courses should focus on.

The best participants will be awarded.

Location:
  • American Corner, Carice Milice 1A, 78000 Banja Luka, BiH

Organizer:
  • Smart Office 

Program Coordinator:
  1. Lela Draganić (American Councils for International Education) - Ova adresa el. pošte je zaštićena od spambotova. Omogućite JavaScript da biste je videli.


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