INTERNET & SOCIETY: THE TECHNOLOGIES & POLITICS OF CONTROL

Course themes include the complex interaction between Internet governance organizations and sovereign states, the search for balance between the ease of disseminating information online and the interest of copyright holders, privacy advocates, and others in controlling that dissemination, and the roles of intermediaries and platforms in shaping what people can and cannot do online. The course will include an array of learning and teaching methods. Students will be expected to participate in a variety of activities.

Download a PDF version of the 2017 full class syllabus (including readings) here.

 

Day 1:    Introduction, Right to Be Forgotten, and Jurisdiction

Day 2:    Copyright, DRM debate between Professor Ito and Professor Zittrain

Day 3:    Cryptocurrency

Day 4:    Private Infrastructures for Government Surveillance (Guest Lecturers: Bruce Schneier & John DeLong)

Day 5:    Net Neutrality and Internet Architecture (Dialogue with Andy Ellis)

Day 6:    Weaponized Social Networks

Day 7:    Free vs. Proprietary Code and Content (Dialogue with David Clark)

Day 8:    Governance and Artificial Intelligence

Day 9:    Conclusion

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