CS407: Politics of Cyberspace
MWF 12:00-03 - 12:49:57 IN MACK 305
As computing and networking technologies increasingly pervade the
worlds of business, government, science, law enforcement, the military
and entertainment, political and policy considerations also increase
in importance as the Internet reaches an ever-greater portion of humanity.
Highly controversial subjects involving government actions, legal
theory, ethical judgements, international relations, and economic
analysis are introduced with reference not only to historical developments
of the last several decades but also to recent news reports. The course
assumes only a rudimentary familiarity with the basic concepts and
terminology of modern Internet usage and computing and is not a technology-focused
course. This course offers students from all majors the opportunity
to explore policy issues in greater depth than in technology-oriented
courses they may have taken. Information-technology courses are not
a prerequisite and students from all majors are welcome.
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Course description -- detailed assignments, grading, standards, requirements, policies, rewards, penalties, and also the Secret of Life, the Universe and Everything.
Syllabus/schedule -- week-by-week listing topics.
Weekly Resources -- required and recommended readings and lectures
PowerPoint Notes -- presentations used in class and in public lectures
Term-Paper Guidelines -- how to avoid falling into a swamp of errors.
Term-Paper Topic Ideas -- suggestions, just suggestions.
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