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We will be refining this over the first weeks of class, but from past semesters, projects have included work along the following lines. This semester, we anticipate a more narrow menu of options, focused on gathering data/observing online phenomenon, especially where it intersects with theoretical frameworks we will discuss in class. So, while preliminary, here are some ideas to get you started thinking:  
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A sample of possible final project topics:
  
- Explore music payment aggregation schemes
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* Blogging and citizen media sites - global voices, spot.us, digg or slashdot, or a hyperlocal news organization
 
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* Facebook groups
- Compare US broadband policies with that of another country
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* Flickr groups
 
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* Bulletin boards, usenet groups, or 4chan
- Write a case study on a selected online organization
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* Education and tech organization – OLPC or Sugarlabs
 
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* E-government and public engagement; eg, fcc, open gov
- Study an emerging online media organization (e.g. Spot.us; Transparency Initiative; Reuters-Politico deal)
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* A government transparency organization
 
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* An online political movement - moveon.org, online versions of the tea party
- Review a nation's Internet regulation policy (e.g. Australia's new Internet filtering policy; website rating systems)
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* A gaming site, eg WoW
 
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* A community exchange site such couchsurfing.com
- Track and document an online political campaign
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* A music sharing site
 
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* A review and recommendation site such as yelp.com
- Monitor the evolution of change.gov after the inauguration
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* Open knowledge consortium
 
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* Conservapedia -- now that we've spent so much time on Wikipedia -- lots of nice normative/governance questions here
- Evaluate and compare online knowledge aggregators (Mahalo Answers, Yahoo Answers)
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* The digital chicken problem on Second Life -- lots of trolls/vandals/identity questions
--[[User:Cmac|Cmac]] 17:49, 25 January 2010 (UTC)
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http://ignite.oreilly.com/2009/12/patrick-davison-and-the-plight-of-the-digital-chickens.html
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* And, finally, ChatRoulette, whose founder just went live -- questions around anonymity/forced anonymity/site organization
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http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/13/chatroulettes-founder-17-introduces-himself/

Revision as of 15:20, 15 February 2010

A sample of possible final project topics:

  • Blogging and citizen media sites - global voices, spot.us, digg or slashdot, or a hyperlocal news organization
  • Facebook groups
  • Flickr groups
  • Bulletin boards, usenet groups, or 4chan
  • Education and tech organization – OLPC or Sugarlabs
  • E-government and public engagement; eg, fcc, open gov
  • A government transparency organization
  • An online political movement - moveon.org, online versions of the tea party
  • A gaming site, eg WoW
  • A community exchange site such couchsurfing.com
  • A music sharing site
  • A review and recommendation site such as yelp.com
  • Open knowledge consortium
  • Conservapedia -- now that we've spent so much time on Wikipedia -- lots of nice normative/governance questions here
  • The digital chicken problem on Second Life -- lots of trolls/vandals/identity questions

http://ignite.oreilly.com/2009/12/patrick-davison-and-the-plight-of-the-digital-chickens.html

  • And, finally, ChatRoulette, whose founder just went live -- questions around anonymity/forced anonymity/site organization

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/13/chatroulettes-founder-17-introduces-himself/