- Introduction: '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 summary
- Audio/Video conferencing
- Chat Rooms
- Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
- Online assignment submission
- Podcasting/Leacture capture
- Web links
- Welcome letter
- Resources and Links
- Printable format materials
- Online Assessment
- Audio-Video streaming
- Assignment 1 - Essay 1 (20%)
- Assignment 2 - Essay 2 (40%)
- Assignment 3 - Policy primer and commentary (40%)
Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject
You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
No special requirements
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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