Our class will engage in understanding and building a public realm in
cyberspace. Dedicated to the memory of Aaron Swartz, we will consider
the history of the Internet, its generative capacity for expanding our
public realm, public access to open knowledge, and Internet-mediated
civic engagement and political participation. Readings will range from
Neuromancer and Snowcrash to Benkler, on the Economics of Networks.
There will be a workshop component to the class in the model pioneered
by Professor Fisher's CopyrightX, with students in the class also
serving as discussion leaders of satellite discussion groups.