In this course we will explore the public policies and cultures of use that regulate and drive the Internet. Weekly topics include surveillance and privacy, intellectual property, network neutrality, media ownership, user-generated content, peer-to-peer networks, virtual worlds, wireless spectrum, and mobile media. Readings are drawn from a wide range of documents, from manifestoes to legal decisions to scholarly essays. We will consider the history of the internet as well as its current state and possible futures. Students will be expected to do original research that they will present in class and write up as research papers. ENGL505.941/CINE 500.941: http://www.decherney.org/IPC/
Undergraduates need to fill out a permit form and receive the approval of the Graduate Chair, their advisor, and the professor for all 500-level courses.