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Ideas for a Better Internet - Fall 2011/Winter 2012

Fall/Winter term, Block J
W 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Professor Jonathan Zittrain
1 classroom credit in the fall
2 classroom credits in the winter LAW-34285A

This joint Harvard/Stanford interdisciplinary seminar will continue a year-long arc of developing and building ideas for a better internet. During the fall, students will incorporate ideas identified by a public call for proposals from the previous spring, and work through the process of building out these ideas. The course will meet on alternate Mondays in the fall term.

By the end of the fall session, students will have proposed a tangible means of implementing at least one idea and will have made significant progress on conceptualizing and building at least one solution. Students will interact with entrepreneurs, organizations, and policy makers with a significant stake in shaping the future of digital technology and the Internet to solicit advice, guidance, and feedback.

During the winter term students will finalize the projects that they have developed throughout the fall semester, engage in visits to companies and organizations, and prepare a working demo or proposal to be presented at a culminating event with leaders of Silicon Valley and beyond.

By the end of the course, students will have launched their solution-based projects to the world in conjunction with those proposing the ideas.

The fall portion of the course will meet concurrently at both Harvard and Stanford. The two courses will keep in contact throughout the semester and will have a common mailing list, among other things. The winter term portion of the course will take place at Stanford University. Harvard participants will have subsidized travel and lodging for the period.

Students will be selected via an application process.

A background in cyberlaw (with preference given to participants on the one-week Future of the Internet fall course), computer science, or technology policy is required, but there is no other prerequisite. The application form can be found here:

Applications are due on July 31, 2011 with admission on a rolling basis.