CS8803: Security, Privacy, & Democracy

Georgia Tech, Fall 2023


Assignments and Grading Policies:

Detailed assignment guidance will be distributed separately in class throughout the semester. Below is the grading scale for this course (no plus or minus grades will be given). A grade of C or higher is required to PASS (for P/F students).

Letter Grade Score A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 59 and below

A note on generative AI:

Students may not use chatGPT or other generative AI tools to provide summaries of papers. Students are allowed to use these tools in their final papers, though they must submit a statement explaining which and how such tools were used, including applicable prompts.

Course Expectations, Attendance & Participation:

This course will be conducted as in-person course. You are expected to attend all classes unless you have a compelling reason. Class announcements and information will be posted to email and Canvas.

We will often have guest speakers attending the course. In order to encourage candid and frank discussion, unless otherwise specified by the speaker, these lectures will not be recorded, and will be held under Chatham House Rule.

Technology Requirement:

You are REQUIRED to have and maintain access to Canvas, and Zoom, via your Georgia Tech sign-on information. Our general course materials and grades will be available on Canvas throughout the semester. If you have problems with registration (due to non-payment, etc.) you may be dropped from Canvas. It is imperative that you be proactive to avoid this situation. If you are in need of technical support, there are several new online tutorials and live technical Q&A opportunities available through Georgia Tech and Canvas. Please see me if you need additional technical support, so that I can help you find the appropriate resource through Georgia Tech.

Academic Integrity:

All students are assumed to have read the Code of Student Conduct and consented to be bound by it. Violations of these rules of conduct are taken extremely seriously, will be reported per applicable Georgia Tech policies, and will result in a failing grade for the course.

For more information on the Honor Code and ethics at Georgia Tech, please visit:

Special Accommodations:

If you require special learning/testing accommodations, please inform me at the beginning of the semester so that we can discuss and complete any necessary paperwork, and coordinate with Student Disability Services to ensure these accommodations are approved and documented officially. Georgia Tech complies with regulations of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and offers accommodations to students with disabilities. If you are in need of a classroom accommodation, please make an appointment with the Office of Disability Services to discuss the appropriate procedures.

Student Support Services:

In your time at Georgia Tech, you may find yourself in need of support. Below you will find some resources to support you both as a student and as a person. These resources may also provide specific Covid-19 related information through their website (e.g., STAMPS).

STAMPS Health Services Tech Moving Forward: Special health guidance related to Covid-19 and campus resources.

The Office of the Dean of Students; 404-894-6367; Smithgall Student Services Building 2nd floor Can assist with a variety of Georgia Tech policies and student needs including reviewing approved absence requests.

Georgia Tech Counseling Center; 404-894-2575; Smithgall Student Services Building 2nd floor Services include short-term individual counseling, group counseling, couples counseling, testing and assessment, referral services, and crisis intervention. Their website also includes links to state and national resources. Students in crisis may walk in during business hours (8am-5pm, Monday through Friday) or contact the counselor on call after hours at 404-894-2204.

Students’ Temporary Assistance and Resources (STAR); Can assist with interview clothing, food, and housing needs.

Stamps Health Services; 404-894-1420; Primary care, pharmacy, women’s health, psychiatry, immunization and allergy, health promotion, and nutrition