Political Science | The Politics of the Internet
Y490 | 17947 | Hart

This is an undergraduate intensive writing seminar designed to foster
original research by students.  It identifies the issues,
stakeholders, and forums for debates over political issues connected
with the Internet (and related information and communications
technologies).  We will be reading books and articles by authors who
have thought deeply about this topic and will be conducting our own
research on some issues.  Among issues to be considered are: the
domain name system, restrictions on the use of file-sharing software,
privacy, e-government, e-democracy, e-society, e-commerce, e-crime
(e.g., identity theft, cyber-stalking), Web 2.0, social networks, and
net neutrality.

The written assignments for the course will be a midterm and final
examination, a book report, and a term paper. Grades for the course
will depend on grades for the midterm (20%), book report (10%),
seminar participation (10%), term paper (30%), and the final
examination (30%).

The following texts will be required readings:

Andrew Chadwick, Internet Politics
Jonathan Zittrain, The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It