LIS5411 - Introduction to Information Policy

Welcome to the Course!

Canvas and my personal class site (LIS5411)will be the main resources for the class — note that this main page is mirrored on both (but contains the private recordings and link to Discussions only in Canvas) so you should only need to visit the Canvas page. But feel free to browse the rest of if you like.

Note: Contacting me should only be done through regular email, at (Messaging through Canvas may be missed -- regular email is a better and safer tool for this purpose)

I normally prefer to not have readings due for the first day, but the summer term is a bit abbreviated, so please at least skim the materials for Week 1 below.

We will use Collaborate Ultra, which requires nothing more than a modern Javascript-enabled browser. (As always, I recommend Firefox).

There are no textbooks. The syllabus is below, and schedules and procedures will be discussed in class on the first day. See you then!

Readings and Assignments

Tentative Future Readings
+Paper Instructions

Recordings are now at the bottom of this page

Week 12 - Hope


And, not mandatory, but a good start:
Probably start here and rewind:
and then:

Week 11 - Surveillance and Data Collection in Practice


The law:

Week 11 Notes

Week 10 - Social Media


Week 9 - Anonymity






(time permitting:)
How Bitcoin Works

Week 9 Notes

Week 8 - Intro to Privacy- Technical and Legal Secrecy

The tech:

Excellent intuitive explanation of the seemingly impossible part of cryptography.

Apple's Method

Hashing for Verification

The law:

Week 8 notes

Week 7 - Direct Regulation

History of Regulation

The Internet

The barriers


Week 7 Notes

Week 6 - Responses in IP

Alternate Modes
Orphan Works


Week 6 Notes

Week 5 - Copyright and Controversy

(obviously, review last weeks Copyright readings. This looks like a lot, but most are pretty light)


The beginning of the end:



wow, I'm linking to cracked:

Week 5 Notes

Week 4 - Intellectual Property Basics Continued

(obviously, review last weeks' readings because we didn't get to Copyright/Patent/Trademark), and also

5411:Week 4 Notes

Week 3 - Freely Available Information

NOTE: we will certainly cover "the basics" below, at least up to Trademark. The "heavy stuff" thus may be postponed. Take a look, but don't get bogged down.

The basics:


TRADEMARK, (skim. You find the best stuff in the oddest places sometimes)



Intellectual? Property?

skim for now - POLICY DOCUMENT - Starting "light"

(the heavy stuff)
and compare and contrast with

Browse :
(Take special note of the "fifth" fair use factor)

+Week 3 Notes

Week 2 - Law and Policy


New (in case you need a refresher?)

LIS5411:Week 2 Class Notes

Week 1 - Economics, Law, and the 'net

The Econ I'm (not) talking about

The net's impact

On "Law"

Week 1 Class Notes

Recordings Here
2020-05-12 LIS-5411 - Information Policy - recording_1
2020-05-19 LIS-5411 - Information Policy - recording_2
2020-05-26 LIS-5411 - Information Policy - recording_3
2020-06-02 LIS-5411 - Information Policy - recording_4
2020-06-09 LIS-5411 - Information Policy - recording_5
2020-06-16 LIS-5411 - Information Policy - recording_6
2020-06-23 LIS-5411 - Information Policy - recording_7
2020-06-30 LIS-5411 - Information Policy - recording_8
2020-07-08 LIS-5411 - Information Policy - recording_9
2020-07-14 LIS-5411 - Information Policy - recording_10
2020-07-21 LIS-5411 - Information Policy - recording_11

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