Internet & Society: The Technologies and Politics of Control

Internet & Society: The Technologies and Politics of Control

Professor Jonathan Zittrain
Winter 2017 course
M, T, W, Th, F 12:45pm - 2:00pm; M, T, W, Th, F 10:30am - 12:00pm
2 classroom credits

This course will be held in WCC, Milstein West AB.

Prerequisites: By Permission

Exam: No Exam

This course offers a rigorous introduction to the field of cyberlaw. We will investigate the evolving nature of online architecture and activities, and the ways in which, law has been, and will be, leveraged to influence them.

Course themes include the complex interaction between Internet governance organizations and sovereign states, the search for balance between the ease of disseminating information online and the interest of copyright holders, privacy advocates, and others in controlling that dissemination, and the roles of intermediaries and platforms in shaping what people can and cannot do online. The course will entail an intense array of learning and teaching methods. Students will be expected to participate in a variety of activities. May include Berkman Center fellows and affiliates. Please visit to access the application and read more about the course.

The course will meet daily from January 3rd – January 13th.

Note: This course will take place at HLS in Winter 2017. It is jointly listed with HKS as DPI-687M.

Subject Areas: Intellectual Property, Cyberlaw and Technology, and Arts & Entertainment, Legal & Political Theory