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- Introduction: Internet Politics and Power
- 'Who wants Control?'
- Political Censorship vs Freedom of Speech
- Moral Censorship vs Freedom of Speech
- A right to privacy?
- Harassment on the Net
- Introduction to Regulation
- The Architecture of Connection
- Digital Property and the Network
- Governing the Net
- Politics and Power
- Audio/Video conferencing
- Chat Rooms
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Online assignment submission
- Podcasting/Lecture capture
- Web links
- Welcome letter
- Printable format materials
- Audio-Video streaming
- Online Assessment
- Resources and Links
You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
No special requirements
One enduring myth of the Internet is that what we do there cannot be controlled. While this is not true, the Internet does present new challenges and possibilities for regulation, producing new forms of freedom and constraint. In this subject you focus on the politics of Internet power, via topics on censorship, privacy, security and harassment. You will explore how the Internet is 'governed', considering technical, legal and economic reasons for regulatory decisions. Ultimately, you will come to understand how networked communications both create and challenge long-running political contests of freedom and control.
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- Policy primer and commentary (40%)
- Essay 1 (20%)
- Essay 2 (40%)