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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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
demonstrate understanding of the way the internet is experienced as a network of both freedom and control with reference both to social and technical aspects of the internet
analyse specific internet events and occurrences to gain broader insights into the operation of power and politics in internet governance in a global society
demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between sources of authority (public, commercial, political, expert, users) in internet governance and the outcomes of decision-making about the internet
present arguments concerning the socio-technological character of internet politics
make conceptual contributions to the development of policy and regulation for effective internet governance.
This subject was previously known as Internet Politics and Power.
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.
Further Information: List of topics is indicative and subject to minor change prior to the start of each Study Period.
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