ISMT S-143 Big Data and Machine Learning in Public Policy
The big data revolution is rapidly transforming the fundamental ways in which public policy is made and government works. The goal of this course is to provide a nontechnical overview of some of the methods driving big data methodologies and to explore how these technologies are shaping the future of public policy and government. We begin the course with a discussion of some of the fundamental theories and applications of machine learning methods, which form the basis of big data and artificial intelligence technologies. We then move on to an in-depth discussion of the promise and perils of these techniques for public policy and government more broadly, focusing on the ethical and legal challenges that these technologies raise.