The Information Society

Professor Jack M. Balkin

Yale Law School

Syllabus

 

Note:

The assigned books for the course are Jack M. Balkin and Beth Simone Noveck, eds., The State of Play (2006); C. Edwin Baker, Media, Markets, and Democracy (2002); Yochai Benkler, The Wealth of Networks (2006), Jonathan Zittrain, The Future of the Internet (2008), Neil Netanel, Copyright's Paradox (2008), Clay Shirky, Here Comes Everybody (2008), and Cass R. Sunstein, Republic.com 2.0 (2008).

All other readings for the course are available on the Internet.

After the assigned readings for each week I will sometimes also list a set of additional readings on related subjects if you are particularly interested in the subject. They are optional.

 

Part I: Introduction-- Some Key Concepts

1. Code (1/26/2009)

Additional Readings (N.B. all additional readings are optional)

2. Democratic Culture (1/27/2009)

Additional Reading

 

Part II: Virtual Worlds and Social Software

3. Regulating Virtual Worlds (2/2/2009)

4. Virtual Worlds as Social Software (2/3/2009)

Additional Readings

 

Part III-- Media and Information Policy

5. Audiences, Markets and Models of Democracy (2/9/2009, 2/10/2009 and 2/16/2009)

 

Part IV -- Content Control over the Internet

6. Collateral Censorship and Control over Conduits (2/17/2009, 2/23/2009 and 2/24/2009)

A. Section 230

Additional Readings

B. The DMCA

Additional Readings

C. Policy Justifications for Regulating Conduits

Additional Readings

D. Search Engines as Conduits

Additional Readings

 

8. Filtering and Rating Systems (3/2/2009 and 3/3/2009)

Additional Readings

 

Part V -- Copyright and Free Expression

9. Copyright and Free Expression (3/09/2009, 3/10/2009)

Additional Readings

 

Part VI -- Innovation Policy

11. Digital Control of Information (3/23/2009)

A. Broadband Policy, Open Access, and Network Neutrality

Additional Readings

B. Copyright and Innovation Policy

Additional Reading

C. Theoretical Considerations

 

12. The Internet and Innovation Policy (3/24/2009, 3/30/2009)

 

Part VII -- Privacy

15. Privacy and Surveillance (3/31/2009)

A. Surveillance and Governance

B. Privacy and the First Amendment

Additional Readings

 

Part VIII-- The Political Economy of Information Production

16. The Political Economy of Information Production (4/6/2009, 4/7/2009, 4/13/2009 and 4/14/2009)

A. Open Source and Peer Production Models

Additional Reading

B. Wikipedia as a case study in peer production systems

C. Peer Production Models and Social Software

D. Peer Production Models and Governance

Additional Readings

 

Part IX -- Journalism, Democracy and Politics

19. Journalism, the Blogosphere, and Legal Scholarship (4/20/2009, 4/21/2009)

A. New Journalistic Forms and the Future of News

B. Blogs, Opinion, and Legal Scholarship

Additional Readings

20. The Networked Public Sphere and Democracy (4/27/2009, 4/28/2009, 5/4/2009 and 5/5/2009)

Optional Readings

 

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Additional Topics and Readings

 

A1. Access to Knowledge (4/20/2007)

 

A2. Standards Setting

 

A3. Innovation Policy