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Fall 2013-2014
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
DeNardis, L., The Emerging Field of Internet Governance
Raymond, E., The Cathedral and the Bazaar
Appel, A., "The New Jersey Voting Machine Lawsuit"
Ohm,, "The Rise and Fall of Invasive ISP Surveillance"
DiMaggio, et al., "Digital Inequality"
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
There will be a wide range of assignments, including individual assignments and team projects.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
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)..

Other information:
Enrollment in precepts will be done using SCORE.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23309 L01 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm T Th   Robertson Hall   016   Enrolled:49 Limit:70
24067 P01 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm W   Bendheim Hall   215   Enrolled:11 Limit:15 Closed
24069 P02 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Bendheim Hall   215   Enrolled:12 Limit:15 Closed
24074 P03 9:00 am - 9:50 am F   Robertson Hall   005   Enrolled:4 Limit:15
24075 P04 10:00 am - 10:50 am F   Robertson Hall   005   Enrolled:8 Limit:14
24147 P05 9:00 am - 9:50 am Th   Robertson Hall   012   Enrolled:14 Limit:15 Closed
23310 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled