Disruptive innovations often challenge the boundaries of not only the possible, but also the policy landscape if not the law itself. Why did a wedding video posted to YouTube set off a legal battle over user generated content? Did early social networking sites fail because they weren’t “social,” or was the web simply not quite ready yet? How could the team that won the nobel prize for CRISPR not also be awarded the patent on the invention? What does Sputnik have to do with Find my Friends?


Through a mix of case studies, corporate documents, online media, and workshops, this course provides a deeper dive into: (1) the industries we now call "Tech," (2) the policy landscape—institutions, laws, etc.—that both influences and is influenced by technology innovation, as well as (3). the business and cultural challenges at this intersection of technology and policy.