About This Course

[Updated Aug. 14, 2013]

This course is part of the University of Florida Honors Program’s (Un)common Reading Program, which offers a selection of one-credit courses based on a single book. There are many sections of this course each semester (each section reads a different book).

The book for this section of the course is Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom, by Rebecca MacKinnon (Basic Books, 2012).

Course Information

IDH 3931 | Fall 2013 | Section 07F5 | 117 Little Hall
Wednesdays 10:40–11:30 a.m. (period 4)

Instructor Information

Instructor: Mindy McAdams, Professor, Department of Journalism
E-mail: See this page for my UF e-mail address
Office: 3049 Weimer Hall
Office hours: Mondays 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | And by appointment | Fall 2013
Office phone: (352) 392-8456 (NOTE: E-mail is better. Much better.)
Bio: At the bottom of this page

Book Cover: Consent of the Networked

The Author

Rebecca MacKinnon is “a Bernard Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C.,” where she does “research, writing and advocacy on global Internet policy, free expression, and the impact of digital technologies on human rights” (from her blog). She is also a co-founder of Global Voices, a well-known network of international blogs and citizen media. She is a member of the board of directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists, a nonprofit that promotes press freedom around the world.

An Excerpt from One Book Review

“Thoroughly researched by one of the experts in the field, the book straddles the line between an academic and general audience. MacKinnon entreats internet users to see themselves as active citizens — not consumers or eyeballs. She harks back to Huxley’s Brave New World: ‘Our desire for security, entertainment and material comfort is manipulated to the point that we all voluntarily and eagerly submit to subjugation.’ She ends with a rallying cry: ‘We have a responsibility to hold the abusers of digital power to account, along with their facilitators and collaborators. If we do not, when we wake up one morning to discover that our freedoms have eroded beyond recognition, we will have only ourselves to blame.'”
— The Guardian, Feb. 11, 2012