Course Schedule 2013

[Updated Sept. 22, 2013]

The reading listed under a week/date must be read BEFORE you come to class in that week. That reading will be discussed in that class meeting.

All readings in MacKinnon are REQUIRED.

Every reaction paper is due on a MONDAY at 10 a.m. That is the Monday before class meets.

Week 1 | Aug. 21

Introduction to the course.

Week 2 | Aug. 28

Consent and sovereignty; power relations.
Read: MacKinnon, “Foreword to the Paperback Edition,” Preface, Introduction, and Chapter 1.

Optional: Global Network Initiative
Optional: Censoring the News Before It Happens (how Chinese censorship really works)

Week 3 | Sept. 4

The digital “commons.”
Read: MacKinnon, Chapter 2.

Optional: Open Source Blogging Platform WordPress Turns Ten, and Its Community Gets to Blow the Candles Out
Optional: About WordPress
Optional: Internet Society – Why the Internet Matters

Week 4 | Sept. 11

Networked authoritarianism.
Read: MacKinnon, Chapter 3.
DUE: Reaction paper 1 (covers Part 1) – 10 a.m. Monday Sept. 9.

Optional: It’s OK to Protest in China, Just Don’t March (NPR, Sept. 9, 2013)
Optional: The Tank Man (Frontline documentary, 2006)

Week 5 | Sept. 18

Technologies that constrain freedom.
Read: MacKinnon, Chapter 4.

Week 6 | Sept. 25

Surveillance and Wikileaks.
Read: MacKinnon, Chapter 5.
DUE: Reaction paper 2 (covers Part 2) – 10 a.m. Monday Sept. 23.

Optional: Richards, N. M. (2013). The dangers of surveillance. Harvard Law Review, 126, 1934–1965. (View PDF)
Optional: Edward Snowden speaks about what he did and why (video)

Week 7 | Oct. 2

Censorship; copyrights and intellectual property.
Read: MacKinnon, Chapters 6 and 7.

Week 8 | Oct. 9

Corporate censorship.
Read: MacKinnon, Chapter 8.

Week 9 | Oct. 16

Class will not meet.
DUE: Reaction paper 3 (covers Part 3) – 10 a.m. Monday Oct. 14.

Week 10 | Oct. 23

Corporations will give you up (email is not private).
Read: MacKinnon, Chapter 9.

Week 11 | Oct. 30

“Facebookistan and Googledom.”
Read: MacKinnon, Chapter 10.

Week 12 | Nov. 6

Global Internet law and corporate social responsibility.
Read: MacKinnon, Chapter 11.
DUE: Reaction paper 4 (covers Part 4) – 10 a.m. Monday Nov. 4.

Week 13 | Nov. 13

A policy for Internet freedom; global governance of the Internet.
Read: MacKinnon, Chapters 12 and 13.

Week 14 | Nov. 20

Building an Internet that serves the netizens.
Read: MacKinnon, Chapter 14.

Week 15 | Nov. 27

Thursday is Thanksgiving. Class will not meet on Wednesday.

Week 16 | Dec. 4

Read: MacKinnon, “Afterword to the Paperback Edition” (pages 251–268).
Course summary and conclusions.
DUE: Reaction paper 5 (covers Part 5) – 10 a.m. Monday Dec. 2.

UF Dates (Fall 2013)

Classes begin – Aug. 21
Drop/Add – Aug. 21–27
Classes end – Dec. 4
Final exams – Dec. 7–13

Sept. 2 – Labor Day
Nov. 8–9 – Homecoming
Nov. 11 – Veterans Day
Nov. 27–30 – Thanksgiving