Internet & Society: The Technologies and Politics of Control

Internet & Society: The Technologies and Politics of Control

Professor Jonathan Zittrain, Mr. Jordi Weinstock
Spring 2019 course
M 5:00pm - 7:00pm in WCC Room 3019
2 classroom credits

Prerequisite: Admission by application. No prior technical experience is required for admission. Applications are due by November 11, 2018 at 11:59 pm and should be submitted here.

Exam Type: 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.

Note: This course is jointly listed with HKS as DPI-688 and FAS as COMPSCI 90nbr.

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