Information Course Schedule fall 2006

Upper Division Courses

According to conventional wisdom, the “information age” began just a few decades ago and promptly superseded everything that went before it. But the issues we are wrestling with now—questions about piracy, privacy, trust, “information overload,” and the replacement of old media by new—all have their roots in the informational cultures of earlier periods. In this class we will take a long view of the development of these cultures and technologies, from the earliest cave painting and writing systems to the advent of print, photography and the telegraph to the emergence of the computer and Internet and the world of Twitter, Pinterest and beyond. In every instance, be focused on the chicken-and-egg questions of technological determinism: how do technological developments affect society and vice-versa?

MW 4-5:30 | 277 Cory Hall
Instructor(s): Paul Duguid, Geoffrey Nunberg
CCN:
42702

Three hours lecture per week. Focuses on European Americans, Native Americans, African Americans, and in the western United States, Asian Americans and Chicano/Latinos. The course explores the nature of oral and print societies as found in the focus cultures to assess the impact of the dominant print culture on oral cultures. This course satisfies the American cultures requirement.

This course uses contemporary print material to understand the interaction of print and oral cultures in America. It examines the role of print in shaping political policy, ethnic and religious identity, distribution of resources, and resolution of conflict. Topics include the definition and interaction of orality and print, Native American interaction with colonialist empires, African American and education, the bestseller Uncle Tom's Cabin, the newspaper of many cultures in West, the power of the image from woodcut to photograph to poster, the centralization of control of publishing in the emerging cities, and the role of print in emerging law on Chinese citizenship in the late nineteenth century.

MWF 11-12 | 123 Wheeler Hall
Instructor(s): Mary Kay Duggan
CCN:
42703

Core Courses

8 weeks; 3 hours of lecture per week. This course introduces the intellectual foundations of information organization and retrieval: conceptual modeling, semantic representation, vocabulary and metadata design, classification, and standardization, as well as information retrieval practices, technology, and applications, including computational processes for analyzing information in both textual and non-textual formats.

This is a required introductory course for MIMS students, integrating perspectives and best practices from a wide range of disciplines.

NOTE: Before Fall 2017, Info 202 was offered as a full-semester course for 4 units.

TuTh 9-10:30 | 202 South Hall
Instructor(s): Robert Glushko
CCN:
42718

7 weeks - 4 hours of laboratory per week. This course introduces software skills used in building prototype scripts for applications in data science and information management. The course gives an overview of procedural programming, object-oriented programming, and functional programming techniques in the Python scripting language, together with an overview of fundamental data structures, associated algorithms, and asymptotic performance analysis. Students will watch a set of instructional videos covering material and will have four hours of laboratory-style course contact each week.

NOTE: Before Fall 2017, Info 206 was titled “Distributed Computing Applications and Infrastructure” and was offered as a full-semester course for 4 units.

Lecture TuTh 12:30-2 / Lab W 12-1 | 202 South Hall
Instructor(s): John Chuang
CCN:
42721

General Courses

Three hours of lecture per week. An introduction to services science — a new, interdisciplinary field that combines social science, business, and engineering knowledge needed for organizations (private, public, or nonprofit) to succeed in the shift to the service and information-based economy. A survey of (1) the historical, economic, and theoretical foundations of the rise of the service economy, (2) the analysis and design of services, (3) the technology and implementation of services, and (4) the delivery of services.

TuTh 3:30-5 | 202 South Hall
CCN:
42724

This course addresses concepts and methods of user experience research. The emphasis will be on methods of collecting and interpreting many kinds of data about real-world user activities and practices and translating them into design decisions. The course includes hands-on practice with a number of major user experience research methods, including heuristic evaluation; observation; interviews, surveys and focus groups. The emphasis will be on naturalistic/ethnographic (qualitative) methods, but we will also address major quantitative methods. Finally, we will discuss methods of bringing user experience research into the design process.

This course is appropriate for both 1st and 2nd-year MIMS students, and for students from other departments with a strong interest in user experience research, with the instructor's permission. Students will complete at least one major group project related to needs assessment and evaluation. Second-year MIMS students may use this project to meet their capping project requirement.

TuTh 2-3:30 | 202 South Hall
Instructor(s): Nancy Van House
CCN:
42727

“Information” is a versatile word. It’s the name we attach to the age we live in, to and the technologies that define it, to the society and economy that they give rise to, and to the "revolution" that these technologies launch. It characterizes a variety of professions, activities, and social conditions (information architect, CIO, information overload, information haves and have-nots, information warfare), and not incidentally the new faculties that take “information” as their unifying focus. The word figures as a theoretical or technical term in a number of disciplines, including AI, computer science, philosophy, psychology, linguistics, economics, political science and information theory. In short, the word stands (along with its sister “data”) for a welter of social, technological and intellectual connections that seem to define a large swath of modern life.

In this class, we will not be trying to define “information” or “data” (though we’ll look at some attempts to do so). Rather we want to take the word as a point of entry to explore the connections and ideologies that it evokes. Why do people assume, for example, that the bits and bytes sitting on their hard drives are the same as the stuff that creates social revolutions and whose free exchange is necessary to the health of democratic society? (Would we make those connections if we didn’t use the word “information” to describe them?) How are the notions of information deployed by management science or artificial intelligence connected to the information theory developed by Shannon?

We’ll be taking on these questions by discussing readings both from historical periods and from a range of disciplines, focusing on the some of notions (such as “information,” “data,” “platform,” “technology,” “knowledge”) that seem to connect them.

W 10-1 | 110 South Hall
Instructor(s): Paul Duguid, Geoffrey Nunberg
CCN:
42729

Three hours of lecture per week. This course will provide an overview of the intellectual property laws with which information managers need to be familiar. It will start with a consideration of trade secrecy law that information technology and other firms routinely use to protect commercially valuable information. It will then consider the role that copyright law plays in the legal protection of information products and services. Although patents for many years rarely were available to protect information innovations, patents on such innovations are becoming increasingly common. As a consequence, it is necessary to consider standards of patentability and the scope of protection that patent affords to innovators. Trademark law allows firms to protect words or symbols used to identify their goods or services and to distinguish them from the goods and services of other producers. It offers significant protection to producers of information products and services. Because so many firms license intellectual property rights, some coverage of licensing issues is also important. Much of the course will concern the legal protection of computer software and databases, but it will also explore some intellectual property issues arising in cyberspace.

M 9-12 | 110 South Hall
CCN:
42730

Three hours of lecture. The Extensible Markup Language (XML), with its ability to define formal structural and semantic definitions for metadata and information models, is the key enabling technology for information services and document-centric business models that use the Internet and its family of protocols. This course introduces XML syntax, transformations, schema languages, and the querying of XML databases. It balances conceptual topics with practical skills for designing, implementing, and handling conceptual models as XML schemas.

Lecture TuTh 2-3:30 (Aug 29 - Oct 19) / Lab M 12:30-2 | Lecture 110 South Hall / Lab 210 South Hall
Instructor(s): Erik Wilde
CCN:
42732

This course examines the state-of-the-art in applied Natural Language Processing (also known as content analysis and language engineering), with an emphasis on how well existing algorithms perform and how they can be used (or not) in applications. Topics include part-of-speech tagging, shallow parsing, text classification, information extraction, incorporation of lexicons and ontologies into text analysis, and question answering. Students will apply and extend existing software tools to text-processing problems.

Restrictions for non–I School students interested in taking Info 256.

MW 10:30-12 | 202 South Hall
Instructor(s): Marti Hearst
CCN:
42733

Three hours of lecture per week. This course is concerned with the use of Database Management Systems (DBMS) to solve a wide range of information storage, management and retrieval problems, in organizations ranging from large corporations to personal applications, such as research data management. The course combines the practical aspects of DBMS use with more theoretical discussions of database design methodologies and the "internals" of database systems.

A significant part of the course will require students to design their own database and implement it on different DBMS that run on different computer systems. We will use both ACCESS and ORACLE.

In the theoretical portion of the course, we will examine the major types or data models of DBMS (hierarchical, network, relational, and object-oriented). We will discuss the principles and problems of database design, operation, and maintenance for each data model.

TuTh 10:30-12 | 202 South Hall
Instructor(s): Ray Larson
CCN:
42736

Three hours of lecture per week. Quantitative methods for data collection and analysis. Research design. Conceptualization, operationalization, measurement. Modes of data collection, including experiments, survey research, observation. Sampling. Basics of data analysis.

MW 2-3:30 | 202 South Hall
Instructor(s): Doug Tygar
CCN:
42741

Special Topics Courses

This course covers the practical and theoretical issues associated with computer-mediated communication (CMC) systems. CMC includes many different types of technologies such as email, newsgroups, chat, and online games. We will focus on the analysis of CMC practices, the social structures that emerge when people use these applications, and the design and implementation issues associated with constructing CMC technologies.

We will primarily take a social scientific approach to computer-mediated communication (including research from psychology, social psychology, economics, and sociology). We will investigate questions such as: How do we represent identity and perceive others in CMC environments? How are interfaces and visualizations used in CMC to help make sense of relationships? Why do some Wikis "succeed" while others do not? How is the production of open source software such as Linux similar to (and different from) a social movement? Why are reputations useful in some online environments, and not in others? Can we really develop meaningful relationships and perhaps even love-purely through CMC?

This course is currently offered as IS 216.

Section: 12
TuTh 12:30-2 | 110 South Hall
Instructor(s): Coye Cheshire
CCN:
42775

It takes critical thinking, outstanding leadership and a little magic to be a successful Project Manager. Come and learn not only the essential building blocks of project management, but the tricks to managing a variety of complex projects. We will have a combination of interactive lectures, guest speakers and case studies discussions to cover globally recognized standards, best practices and tools that successful project managers use.

The class will meet two hours per week. Some of the topics we will cover are:

  • Project processes and methodology
  • Managing and balancing the "triple constraint"
  • What are the most painful pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • What is your personal project management style and its weak points
  • How to build a high performing team
  • Dealing with difficult people
  • Risk and quality management

This course satisfies the Management requirement for the MIMS degree.

Note: This course is currently offered as Information 290MA.

Section: 2
W 2-4 | 110 South Hall
Instructor(s): Jodie Mathies
CCN:
42745

This is a "manufacturing survey course" that deals with all aspects of the manufacturing processes relevant to today's production of consumer electronics or electro-mechanical devices. It also aims to provide a balanced view for the "Management of Technology". The course guides students through a product development cycle, and emphasizes modern Internet-based commercial activities between designers, rapid prototyping services and full-scale manufacturers.

In this course we will cover product concept, consumer ethnography, marketing, product design, modeling, rapid prototyping and ending in the final project Tradeshow. The class features guest speakers. An especially valuable way of dealing with this material has been a semester-long class project. This places significant emphasis on group interactions. Students will design and prototype a new consumer electronic product based on RFIDs. Some connections to the Mica Mote (and TinyOS) used in previous Tradeshows may also arise.

Finding a useful (and commercially viable) application for the RFIDs, creating a functional package/enclosure, and giving a demonstration of its use, are key to the course. Development of a "marketing plan" and a "ramp-up to manufacturing" scenario is a vital part of the course.

See the MOT site for details.

Section: 8
MW 9:30-11 | 203 McLaughlin
Instructor(s): Paul Wright
CCN:
42763

China is the most dynamic information technology market in the world, with more Internet users, more cell phone subscribers, and faster growth in IT spending than any other nation. American IT firms who are already in China report accelerating double digit growth, but there are daunting challenges to match the huge opportunities. This seminar series provides graduate students with an introduction to the subject, focusing on the impact on policy, society, economy and business. Guest speakers will include entrepreneurs, managers, policymakers, and scholars knowledgeable about IT in China.

Special note: There is no overlap between this course and the MOT course Doing Business in China. Interested students are encouraged to enrolled both courses concurrently.

Section: 19
M 12-2 | 202 South Hall
Instructor(s): Jihong Sanderson
CCN:
42937

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to an overview of the role of business and technology in poverty alleviation and sustainable development in developing regions of Africa, Asia and Latin America through:

  • understanding the key development challenges facing the developing world in the 21st Century;
  • identifying opportunities for sustainable business in developing countries, especially among the poor;
  • analyzing, from theory and practice, the link between technological innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainable development;
  • identifying and analyzing the prevailing features of the overall policy and reform environment that shape business and technology development in Africa, Asia and Latin America;
  • introducing and discussing foreign aid, trade and foreign direct investment as tools for developing capacity to do business for sustainable development;
  • building a higher level of generic expertise of what it takes to do business in developing countries;
  • understanding the role of public-private partnerships in sustainable development.

 

See the MOT site for details.

Section: 18
Th 2-4 | C330 Cheit
Instructor(s): Theogene Rudasingwa
CCN:
42786

"To miss today's China is to miss the great opportunity for this generation." This course is derived from China's rapid rise and its transformation of global competition. This course has three major parts: (Notice that the first class meeting is very important, because we will overview China's changes)

  1. Hot Topics in 2007 such as: what are the most recent changes in China's technology, business and policy environment? What is the China scenario and its impact on global? What is the trend of venture capital investment in China?
  2. Must-Have Topics such as: What are the fundamental differences in doing business in China vs. doing business in the US? What are the top three unique assets that a firm needs in order to survive in China and how are they obtained? How can understanding the fine line between Guanxi and corruption determine my success in China?
  3. Topics for Careers related to China such as: If I want to start up a technology firm in China, how should I begin? If I want to work for a MNC in China, what do I need to know?

 

CLASS FORMAT

We will use lectures, case studies, guest speakers, and class discussions to answer the questions we raise in each module below. For China Fellows, we will have a 10 days trip to China after the semester.

BASIS FOR FINAL GRADE
40% Class participation.
30% Case/reading material study questions.
30% group project

See the MOT site for details 

 

Section: 11
W 2-4 | C330 Cheit
Instructor(s): Jihong Sanderson
CCN:
42772

This course aims to develop the interdisciplinary skills required for successful product development in today's competitive marketplace. Engineering and business students, along with design students from the California College of the Arts, join forces on small product development teams to step through the new product development process in detail, learning about the available tools and techniques to execute each process step along the way. Each student brings his or her own disciplinary perspective to the team effort, and must learn to synthesize that perspective with those of the other students in the group to develop a sound, marketable product. The project is the primary focus of the course, and is an intensive cross-disciplinary effort to design and develop a product or service that fulfills a target set of customer needs. Students can expect to depart the semester understanding new product development processes as well as useful tools, techniques and organizational structures that support new product development practice. This section of the course is fully team-taught with faculty from the Haas School of Business, the College of Engineering and the California College of the Arts.

See the MOT site for details.

Section: 4
MW 9:30-11 | C220 Cheit
Instructor(s): Alice Agogino, Sara Beckman
CCN:
42751
Section: 5
MW 11-12:30 | C220 Cheit
Instructor(s): Alice Agogino, Sara Beckman
CCN:
42754

The primary goal of this course is to develop in the student the marketing skills needed to compete aggressively as an entrepreneur in technology fields. Upon completion of this course, the student should have developed the following skills:

  • The ability to assess and predict customer needs in markets that may not yet exist;
  • The ability to create and execute marketing plans that necessarily integrate sophisticated technological development with rapidly evolving customer requirements;
  • The ability to create and grow a focused marketing organization rapidly and efficiently;
  • The ability to create and use marketing communications to reach prospects, customers, OEMs and sales channels efficiently and inexpensively.

See the MOT site for details.

Section: 6
MW 4-5:30 | C125 Cheit
Instructor(s): Andrew Isaacs
CCN:
42757

Weekly lecture by outside guests on topics relevant to students interested in Services Science, Management and Engineering.

Grade or pass fail - may not be repeated for credit.

Section: 16
Th 5-6 | 202 South Hall
CCN:
42783

Supply Chain Management involves the flows of materials and information among all of the firms that contribute value to a product, from the source of raw materials to end customers. Elements of supply chain management have been studied and practiced for some time in marketing, logistics, and operations management. We will attempt to integrate these different perspectives to develop a broad understanding of how to manage a supply chain.

This course will focus on effective supply chain strategies for companies that operate globally with emphasis on how to plan and integrate supply chain components into a coordinated system. You will be exposed to concepts and models important in supply chain planning with emphasis on key trade offs and phenomena. The course will introduce and utilize key tactics such as risk pooling and inventory placement, integrated planning and collaboration, and information sharing. Lectures, Internet simulations, computer exercises, and case discussions introduce various models and methods for supply chain analysis and optimization.

This class will be a mix of lectures, case discussions and applications. The course objectives are to develop analytical and modeling skills, and to provide new concepts and problem-solving tools, applicable to the design and planning of supply chains.

See the MOT site for details.

Section: 9
M 6-9:30 | C330 Cheit
Instructor(s): Alex Angelus
CCN:
42766

Technology, competition, and user expectations are transforming the global telecommunications and media industries. New technologies are enabling novel means of delivering services and disrupting traditional business models, regulations, industry structure and alliances. This course focuses on the opportunities and challenges brought on by these emerging trends. Particular emphasis is placed on the rivalry between incumbents ("the establishment") and new entrants ("the disrupters") and on identifying opportunities for startups and other new entrants.

Topics are covered through a combination of lectures, class discussions, case studies, and first-hand accounts from guest speakers.

  • Broadband Policy and Municipal Networks
  • Service Provider Business Model and Economics
  • Long-Haul Networks
  • Communications in the Enterprise
  • Competition in the Last Mile
  • The Cable Guy
  • Virtual Service Providers
  • The New New Entrants
  • Broadcast Networks
  • Fiber in the Last Mile
  • Digital Media
  • Digital Music
  • The Value of Content
  • Digital Video

See the MOT site for details.

Section: 7
Tu 6-9 | C330 Cheit
Instructor(s): Reza Moazzami
CCN:
42760

Offered for the first time in Fall, 2005, this is UC Berkeley's first course focused on nanotechnology-based business opportunities. The course provides a comprehensive overview of the core elements in this emerging field, specifically the scientific and technical basis of nanotechnology, the emerging business opportunities, and the policy issues that represent both threats and opportunities to nanotechnology investors, innovators, and entrepreneurs. This course is particularly suited for those who anticipate founding or operating a technology company.

The course focuses on skills needed for the identification of opportunities that can lead to successful entrepreneurial ventures in nanotechnolgy, regardless of the individual's "home" skill set, whether managerial or technical. We examine in depth the many approaches being taken today to capitalize on opportunities in nanotechnology. Course material and speakers focus on executing marketing, technology development and strategic plans that integrate technological development with evolving customer requirements. A central goal of the course is to improve understanding of how the confluence of technological innovation, market forces and venture finance drives new technology ventures.

See the MOT site for details.

Section: 15
Tu 4-6 | C230 Cheit
Instructor(s): Andrew Isaacs, Thomas Kalil
CCN:
42781

Software has a relatively low cost of development, manufacture, and distribution. At the same time, the ability of software to embody complex algorithms and processes gives software-based companies the capability to create sustainable barriers to competition. As a result, software is an ideal medium for entrepreneurs.

When I taught this class in the fall of 2003, a team of two MBA students, two EECS students, and a student from the I School created an outstanding class project. The computer-science researchers on the team were aware of a recently published technology that could find critical bugs in software, particularly possible security violations. To further realize the potential of the technology, a seed-stage company of four individuals had already been formed. Members of the class project initiated contact with the founders. The project team studied this seed-stage company, evaluated the opportunity, and developed a business plan around it. Today, that seed-stage company has grown into a high-growth and profitable start-up named Coverity (www.coverity.com).

Retrospectively, I would consider this project a model for the class. The engineers identified a technology at a stage that was far below the radar of the business world. The business students helped the team to articulate the market potential. That the technology itself was not developed at Berkeley but at a university a bit to the south may seem like a flaw or even a sham. On the contrary, it drives home an important business lesson: In the business world, the ability to recognize value is at least as important as the ability to create it.

My goal for the class is very simple. I'd like project teams of about five individuals representing a mixture of backgrounds to create high quality and actionable business plans focused on software-based business opportunities. I'd like those plans to win competitions (we'll be coordinating with the business plan competition), to get funded, but most of all to lead to successful software companies. I am very confident that Berkeley students have the right set of skills to make this happen. I will do my best to mentor those skills and I have enlisted a group of successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to serve as mentors for the class as well.

See the MOT site for details.

Section: 10
TuTh 4-5:30 | F320 Haas
Instructor(s): Kurt Keutzer
CCN:
42769

The bursting of the technology bubble and the gradual maturity of traditional markets for information technology have intensified the search for new markets, technologies, applications and business models. This course focuses on emerging trends in IT and their impact on industry structure, corporate strategy, and competitive dynamics. Particular emphasis is placed on identifying opportunities for start-ups and other new entrants. The impact on established business models and industry structure (both in IT and the industries targeted by these emerging technologies) is also explored in detail.

Topics are covered through a combination of lectures, class discussions, case studies, and first-hand accounts from guest speakers.

Key topics covered include:

Open Source and Intellectual Property
On-Demand Computing
Security and Privacy
The Future of IT Supply
Display Technology
Web Based Applications and Information Services
The Future of IT Demand
Digital Hollywood
Digital Cinema
Broadcasting and Media Delivery
Video Games

See the MOT site for details.

Section: 17
TuTh 4-5:30 | C125 Cheit
Instructor(s): Reza Moazzami
CCN:
42784

Web-based services have become popular since the Web was invented in 1989. The first wave of Web-based services were user interfaces to systems which before the Web could not be easily accessed over the network. This development made the Web as successful as it is today, as a medium delivering a globally accessible interface to services. The second wave of Web-based services are Web Services, using basic Web technologies (HTTP/XML) and robust protocols (WS-*) for implementing application programming interfaces and business-class composite applications. A more recent third wave of Web-based services uses lighter-weight protocols and ad-hoc design approaches to merge or "mash-up" information or services for use primarily by individuals. In this course, all facets of Web-based services will be examined, starting with server-side technologies for the Web, and then moving on to Web Services basics (SOAP/WSDL). Coordination and orchestration of Web Services are covered with BPEL, user interfaces to Web Services (XForms), and questions of how to design Web Services (openness and extensibility) are discussed as well.

Section: 3
MW 9-10:30 | 202 South Hall
Instructor(s): Erik Wilde
CCN:
42748

Research seminar; one hour of discussion per week. The design of robust web-based services and document-intensive applications requires precise models of information and the processes by which the information is created and used. Neither the modeling methods nor the models have anything inherently to do with XML or any other syntax. Nevertheless, XML has rapidly become a preferred format for representing both the conceptual and physical models used to exchange information and drive model-based applications, and substantial efforts are underway to develop methods and tools that exploit XML.

Section: 13
M 12:30-2 | 107 South Hall
Instructor(s): Robert Glushko, Erik Wilde
CCN:
42777

Mass communications technologies have been profound influencers of human identity, from the printing press and the rise of vernacular political cultures to television and the power of celebrity. While the Web is still a work in progress, salient characteristics such as the collapse of distance, the discovery of like-minded groups, and information delivered in short bursts are already affecting the way people see themselves and the way they consume information. Following an overview on the relationship of technology with identity and communications, the course will look at the uses of narrative in news, public relations, advertising, entertainment, and online gaming.

Section: 2
Tu 5-8 (Oct 3 to Oct 31) | 110 South Hall
Instructor(s): Quentin Hardy
CCN:
42790

Seminars & Colloquia

One hour colloquium per week. Must be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Colloquia, discussion, and readings are designed to introduce students to the range of interests of the school.

F 1-2:30 | 107 South Hall
Instructor(s): Paul Duguid
CCN:
42793

The seminar explores selected advanced topics relating to 'digital libraries' with special emphasis on:

  • Access to networked resources
  • Use of two or more resources in conjunction
  • Combined use of two or more retrieval systems (e.g. use of pre- or post-processing to enhance the capabilities)
  • The redesign of library services

It is expected that these issues will require attention to a number of questions about the nature of information retrieval processes, the feasibility of not-yet-conventional techniques, techniques of making different systems work together, social impact, and the reconsideration of past practices. More generally, the seminar is intended to provide a forum for advanced students in the School. Anyone interested in these topics is welcome to join in — and to talk about their own work. This is a continuation of the previous Lynch/Buckland seminars.

Section: 1
F 3-5 | 107 South Hall
CCN:
42796

Substantial investments are being made by many individuals and firms in the development and distribution of open source software and other information artifacts. This seminar will consider economic and business rationales for adoption of open source modes of production and dissemination and will consider how open source projects might be made sustainable by looking into the social and organizational dynamics used to coordinate their activities. The seminar will examine licensing models widely used by open source developers, which generally grant rights to use and modify licensed information on condition that users agree to carry over to derivative works the same license restrictions imposed by the open source developer. For software, this includes free publication of source code. Open source licensing models are being adapted to apply to more than just computer software, such as databases of scientific information, certain biotechnology innovations, and music. Whether the metaphor of open source has wider social ramifications as a modality of community governance will also be given attention.

Section: 2
M 4-6:30 | 202 South Hall
Instructor(s): Mitch Kapor, Pamela Samuelson
CCN:
42799

Three hours of seminar discussion and hands-on practice per week. This participatory class explores political activism in the Net context, as well as key aspects such as mass media, political communications, and smart mobs: emerging forms of technology-enabled collective actions. We will read and discuss issues, theories and real world examples from the US, Philippines, Korea, Mexico, China, and elsewhere. We will focus on blogging, online forums and other emerging media forms such as podcasting, photo-sharing, tagging, RSS, wiki-based communities and read about theoretical aspects of socio-technological networks as well.

In addition to analytic readings, students will learn how to use a wiki for collaborative work, to blog and read and comment on blogs via RSS as part of the coursework, to listen to and produce podcasts. The class will directly engage in collective knowledge-gathering and construction of a public good. Students will engage in social bookmarking and collectively construct a resource wiki on class topics.

Section: 3
F 9-12 | 202 South Hall
Instructor(s): Xiao Qiang, Howard Rheingold
CCN:
42802