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Revision as of 09:23, 8 January 2010

Internet and Society: Technologies and Politics of Control

LSTU E–120 - Harvard Extension School - Spring 2010 - Tuesdays 5:30-7:30 pm EST

Berkman Center for Internet and Society - 23 Everett Street - Conference room, 2nd floor

The Internet has taken on an ever-widening role not only in the production and sharing of information, but also in the political, social, and economic processes of everyday life around the world. The Net has been heralded by many as nothing less than a means of fundamentally transforming our world into one that is more just, more democratic, and more affluent, while redrawing the boundaries of political and economic power. However, the frontierism of the early Internet provoked regulatory responses, followed by various attempts to develop collective control via emergent structure. This course asks: what now is the balance between these forces, and what, if anything, should be done? continued...

Course Information:

Assignments & Projects:




During Class (Tuesdays 5:30-7:30 pm EST)

  • Live Quicktime stream during class (open this URL in Quicktime Player):
    • rtsp://
    • The best option is generally to copy this URL into QuickTime Player
    • You can also watch via http ( This is typically not as clear.

Participating Asynchronously

  • You can add your thoughts to the Question Tool even after class is over; we will leave up the discussions from class for the entire week following. Direct URL
  • Online Office Hours with the TAs TBD


We'd love to get feedback on how the class is going! We've created a quick survey here:

(link to google spreadsheets

Syllabus at a glance:

Unit I: What's So Different About The Web?
Jan 26 Politics and Technology of Control: Introduction
Feb 2 Regulating Speech Online
Feb 9 New Economic Models (Assignment 1 due)
Feb 16 Peer Production and Collaboration
Feb 23 Control and Code: Privacy Online (Assignment 2 due)
Unit II: Digital Institutions & Society
Mar 2 Citizen Media
Mar 9 Online Organizing and Politics (Assignment 3 due)
Mar 23 Collective Action and Decision-making (Class Presentations)
Mar 30 Internet and Democracy (Class Presentations)
Unit III: Consequences and Outcomes
Apr 6 International Censorship and Filtering (Class Presentations)
Apr 13 Copyright in Cyberspace (Class Presentations)
Apr 20 Digital Natives and Internet Culture (Class Presentations)
Apr 27 New Opportunities for Education (Class Presentations)
May 4 Politics and Technology of Control II: Summing Up
May 11 Final Project due (no class)