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STIA-472 Internet in a Changing World
Fall for 2005-2006
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The Internet--glorified, vilified, and/or taken for granted--is a great vehicle for exploring many public policy issues. Who's in charge? Who cares? Understanding how to think about these and more specific questions is key to understanding how we came to have the Internet we have today and what might happen to it in the future. This seminar will examine how the Internet touches on or is touched by many kinds of policy, beginning with technology policy and extending to telecommunications policy, information policy, and more. It will address such questions as: What makes the Internet's technology special--how (and why) does it differ from other approaches to networking, and what do those differences imply? How have its availability and uses been changing, and what do those changes imply? How are the roles of different interest parties (categories of users, government entities, commercial entities, NGOs) evolved, and with what effect? Where is regulation in the context of the Internet? How has the Internet developed as a global construct, and how have different governments and policies affected it? How do responses to the side-effects of Internet use (e.g., privacy and security impacts) affect it? What does growing acceptance of the Internet as infrastructure imply? How might technological advances affect the Internet of the future--and related policy? Students should expect a range of readings, in-class discussion, and paper-writing assignments.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

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Fall '05: Blumenthal, M (description, file download)
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