LIS-4410 - Societal Implications of the Information Age
Summer 2017, Thurs, 6p - 8pm
Mode of Instruction: Synchronous Online
Instructor: John R. Marks, IV
Office: William Johnston Building (WJB 2027)
Course website - http://campus.fsu.edu
Office Hours (in office, online or via phone): Tuesdays: 4-6 pm or by appointment
- The relationships between rights and restrictions, from both legal and technical loci of control.
- The structure of debates that currently surround key information technology issues.
- Selected policy issues and the legal frameworks that influence their development .
- Gaining understanding in law and policy development: becoming familiar with selected aspects of legal theory and public policy.
- Debating issues in an organized and coherent way, relying on authoritative sources and empirical data to support a position, and recognizing that all positions depend on ethical and social principles
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- Research and draw from a variety of resources in developing a thesis; no source is forbidden, but ALL sources must be implicitly or explicitly evaluated with regards to accuracy and reliability, and cited to properly.
- Turn in her own (or the group's own) work. Citation and quoting of other sources is permissible, but only as a supplement to the student's original work, and must be clearly distinguished as such. Plagiarism is strictly forbidden.
- Adhere to the specifications of the assignment, such as format and word count.
WEEK # - TEAM NAME
These will be graded "quasi pass/fail" in order to (hopefully) stimulate interesting conversation and to minimize students' seeking to "please the instructor." For the first 3 weeks, we may evaluate and comment on your content, but such evaluation will NOT be applied to your grade, you merely need to complete the assignment for credit. However, after 3 weeks, I will begin to take off points (up to 3 final grade points per assignment) for sloppiness and/or laziness.
The precise procedure for turning these in will be detailed later.
Rich Text (.rtf)
OpenOffice (.odt, .odf, .sxw.)
HTML or XML (.htm, .html, .xml)
10% - Short Essays
50% - Long Papers
Outline of topics. (Tentative and may change in the future. Visit the Blackboard Site for updates)
Unit I: Introduction to the Internet
The Infrastructure and Economics of the Internet
Introduction to Legal Theory and Internet Law
Unit II: Intellectual Property
Theory; Trademark and Trade Secret
Copyright and Patent
Modern Problems in IP
Solutions in IP
Unit III: Internet Regulation revisited
Older Models of Media Regulation
Unit IV: Private and Public Spheres
The Law and Tech of Privacy
The Law and Tech of Anonymity
Assembly in the Internet Age: Spontaneous and Anonymous Communities
The current state of privacy
Our data, ourselves: Reclaiming Privacy
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Consideration will also be given to students whose dependent children experience serious illness.
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access to the course web site via campus.fsu.edu, regular participation in class discussion forums, as
well as proper submission of assignments and timely review of grades. Here, "regular" shall mean a
substantial amount of time on a weekly basis.
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STUDENT ELIGIBILITY FOR AN INCOMPLETE GRADE:
Incomplete (“I”) grades will not be assigned, except in the case of exceptional unforeseen
circumstances that occur within the last three weeks of the semester and your work has otherwise been
satisfactory (C average).