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Fall 2012-2013
WWS 351 / SOC 353 / COS 351 (SA)   na, npdf

Information Technology and Public Policy

Paul J. DiMaggio
David P. Dobkin

New technologies have changed the way we communicate with each other and learn about our world. They have also raised public policy dilemmas in every area they touch: communications, regulation, privacy, national security, intellectual property and many others. This course is predicated on the belief that we can only productively address the social and policy dimensions of the Internet if we understand the technology behind the Internet; the social-science concepts and research that illuminate the likely effects of policy options; and tradeoffs among fundamental values that different policy options imply.

Sample reading list:
Lessig, L., Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace
Raymond, E., The Cathedral and the Bazaar
Rheingold, H., Smart Mobs
Resnick and Zechauser, Trust Among Strangers
Jenkins, "The Cultural Logic of Media Convergence"
DiMaggio, et al., "Digital Inequality"

Reading/Writing assignments:
There will be a wide range of assignments, including individual assignments, team projects, and a term paper. Homework assignments will determine 20% of the student's final grade. A weekly blog will account for 15% of the final grade.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Take Home Final Exam - 35%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 35%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Students should have some background in either technology (computer science, engineering) or the social sciences (especially economics, politcs, and sociology..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22994 S01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm T Th   Robertson Hall   001   Enrolled:31 Limit:35