Assigned Readings

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This page contains the readings for the entire class. Please keep in mind that readings will be updated over the course of the semester, so check back frequently to make sure you aren't missing anything!

This page contains the readings for the entire class. Please keep in mind that readings will be updated over the course of the semester, so check back frequently to make sure you aren't missing anything!

January 24 - Politics and Technology of Control: Introduction

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Optional Readings


January 31 - Paradigms for Studying the Internet

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Optional Readings

February 7 - Regulating Speech Online

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Optional Readings


February 14 - New Economic Models

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Additional Resources


February 21 - Peer Production and Collaboration

Additional Resources

Joseph Reagle's book: Good Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia

The following audio streams from NPR may be interesting:


February 28 - Copyright in Cyberspace

Required Readings

During class, Chris Bavitz referenced the following materials:

Optional Readings


March 6 - New and Old Media, Participation, and Information

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Optional Readings


March 13 - No class (Spring Break)

March 20 - Collective Action and Decision-making

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Optional Readings

  • Divided They Blog - a paper showing trackbacks between political blogs, mentioned by Ethan Zuckerman in his review of Cass Sunstein's Infotopia
  • On a similar topic: Cross-Ideological Discussions among Conservative and Liberal Bloggers, by Eszter Hargittai, et al.
    • Abstract: With the increasing spread of information technologies and their potential to filter content, some have argued that people will abandon the reading of dissenting political opinions in favor of material that is closely aligned with their own ideological position. We test this theory empirically by analyzing both quantitatively and qualitatively Web links among the writings of top conservative and liberal bloggers. Given our use of novel methods, we discuss in detail our sampling and data collection methodologies. We find that widely read political bloggers are much more likely to link to others who share their political views. However, we find no increase in this pattern over time. We also analyze the content of the links and find that while many of the links are based on straw-man arguments, bloggers across the political spectrum also address each others writing substantively, both in agreement and disagreement.



March 27 - Internet and Democracy

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Additional Resources




March 8 - Law's Role in Regulating Online Conduct and Speech

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Optional Readings


April 3 - Control and Code: Privacy Online

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Optional Readings


April 10 - Internet and Democracy: The Sequel

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Additional Resources

Apr 24 - The Wikileaks Case

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May 1 - Cybersecurity and Cyberwarfare

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Optional Readings


May 8 - Final Project due