Power, Politics and the Internet
Map the legal, technical and economic boundaries of cyberspace. Search out information on internet censorship, privacy and security and ascertain the challenges they present. Find out what role politics, power and regulations play in the online space.
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- 31 Aug 2020
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- evaluate the relationship between sources of authority (public, commercial, political, expert, users) in Internet governance and the outcomes of decision-making about the Internet
- make conceptual contributions to the development of policy and regulation for effective Internet governance
- analyse the Internet as a network of both freedom and control with reference both to social and technical aspects of the Internet, referring specifically to the experience of marginalised groups.
- 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
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
No special requirements
The Internet has had a massive impact on our political systems, from grassroots activism through to global politics. This subject helps you to understand how and why this has happened, and why it matters. It explores the new challenges and possibilities for governance created by the Internet, as well as attempts to control the Internet by governments and others. Ultimately, you will come to understand how networked communications are intertwined with long-running political struggles around control and resistance.
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- Learning reflection (25%)
- Policy primer (35%)
- Essay (40%)
Textbooks are not required.