[ Updated Oct. 25, 2018 — some readings will be updated later ]
Week 1 | Aug. 22–25
Introduction to the course. Instructions about setting up your blog. Expectations and assignments. What you need to do and turn in before the second class meeting.
NOTE: If you miss the first class meeting, you must make an appointment to come and meet with me in my office before the second class meeting.
Week 2 | Aug. 26–Sept. 1
This week, and in all upcoming weeks (unless specifically noted on this page), the blog post is due Monday at 9 a.m.
Blog post 1 due. Topics: Media, power, democracy, and the internet. The obligations of citizens. READ Dahlgren (2006) AND Ess (2018). For best results, read Dahlgren first. (edited 8/22)
(Most readings are in the Ares course reserves.)
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Week 3 | Sept. 2–8
Blog post 2 due on TUESDAY, Sept. 4 (at 9 a.m.) because of the Monday holiday. Topics: Freedom of speech, press, and assembly. How are rights guaranteed? READ Universal Declaration of Human Rights AND Voorhoof & Cannie (2010) AND Freedom of Expression: ACLU. (edited 8/31)
Week 4 | Sept. 9–13
Your professor will be at a conference this week. Class will not meet. See next week’s assignment.
Week 5 | Sept. 16–22
Blog post 3 due. Topics: Civil discussion online: Who speaks? Who is heard? READ Brock (2012) AND Jacobson & Mascaro (2016) AND Barnard (2017). Twitter assignment. NOTE: Start work on this assignment EARLY. There is extra work that requires tasks for a full week BEFORE you write the post. (edited 9/7)
Week 6 | Sept. 23–29
Blog post 4 due. Topics: Organizing political movements and hate groups online. READ Holt, Freilich, & Chermak (2017) AND Youmans & York (2012).
Week 7 | Sept. 30–Oct. 6
Blog post 5 due. Topics: Privacy in a digital world, privacy and corporate power. Who controls information about you? Government surveillance of citizens. Privacy as a human right. Readings list (see assignment before you start reading; you must select two from each list):
- Artificial Intelligence Is Going to Supercharge Surveillance (The Verge, 2018)
- As China expands digital surveillance, Facebook and Google risk legitimizing regime (CJR, 2018)
- US: Surveillance Harming Journalism, Law, Democracy (HRW, 2014)
- NSA Internet Surveillance Under Section 702 Violates the First Amendment (EFF, 2017)
- A life insurance company wants to track your fitness data (Vox, 2018)
- SCOTUS and Congress Leave the Right to Privacy Up for Grabs (Wired, 2018)
- What the G.D.P.R., Europe’s Tough New Data Law, Means for You (New York Times, 2018)
- Employee privacy at stake as surveillance technology evolves (CBS News, 2018)
Week 8 | Oct. 7–13
Blog post 6 due. Topics: Digital outlaws, hackers and hacktivists, hacker culture, open source, file sharing. READ Söderberg (2013) and John (2014).
Week 9 | Oct. 14–20
Blog post 7 due. Topic: Algorithms and their consequences. READ Willson (2016) AND Crawford (2016).
Week 10 | Oct. 21–27
Project work week.
Week 11 | Oct. 28–Nov. 3
Blog post 8 due. Topics: Implications of the mobile Internet and the Digital Divide. READ Wijetunga (2014) AND Baird & Hartter (2017).
Week 12 | Nov. 4–10
Research report/reference list due. Topics: Fake news and trust in news; an informed public sufficient to make choices for democratic agency.
Week 13 | Nov. 11–17
Blog post 9 due. Topics: Crowdsourcing: What it is, what it can be used for, how it works. (Note: NOT crowdfunding.) READ Brabham (2012) AND Asmolov (2015).
Week 14 | Nov. 18–24
Thursday is Thanksgiving. Class will not meet. No blog post. No comments.
Week 15 | Nov. 25–Dec.1
Blog post 10 due. Topics: Viral online media; what is “virality”? How are messages propagated? READ Berger & Milkman (2012) AND Alhabash & McAlister (2015) AND (very short) Peretti (2013).
There is no final exam.