Controlling Cyberspace

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Spring 2012 Seminar
Meets: M 5:30pm - 7:30pm in WCC Room 5044
2 classroom credits
Why does the Internet environment exist in the form it does today? What does its future, and the future of online life in general, look like? To what extent is this future malleable? Governments, corporate intermediaries, and hackers are empowered to different degrees by the space, and their interests and strengths are often in tension. This class uses academic as well as non-traditional texts to engender a broader understanding of Internet culture and technology, with an eye towards mapping informed choices about the future. The course will be assisted by Kendra Albert. This seminar is by permission of the instructor only and students will need to complete an application by December 9th.