LIS3353 - Technologies for Information Professionals

Welcome to the course!

The first front page - in Canvas - is the primary source of material for this course; everything you need for the course will be available here. Many links go through http://jrm4.com (including a mirror of this page for backup and emergency purposes); feel free to browse that as well. Links to all tools and readings will be available from the front page.

The official methods for contacting me are in person during class, or via email, at jmarks@fsu.edu . Please never use Canvas Conversations with me (the messaging tool in Canvas).

No textbooks are required, and nothing is due for the first class. Feel free to browse the assignments and readings on the side (or below if you're on your phone), but unless they are LINKED DIRECTLY FROM THIS PAGE they are from the previous semester. This means they are likely to be similar this semester, but may change and should not be relied on as official. If you'd like to browse regardless but you can't see them now, go here and look: https://jrm4.com/FSU_Courses/LIS3353.html

Here is the Official Syllabus - but About the Class is probably more useful to you.

See you in class!

+Assignment 1

+Assignment 2

Week 8 - Privacy and Social Media


Privacy, broadly
https://robindoherty.com/2016/01/06/nothing-to-hide.html
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/09/the-clouds-my-mom-cleaned-my-room-problem/245648/
https://www.philzimmermann.com/EN/essays/WhyIWrotePGP.html
https://jacquesmattheij.com/if-you-have-nothing-to-hide

Little Brother?
https://eyes.daylightingsociety.org/
https://defaultnamehere.tumblr.com/post/139351766005/graphing-when-your-facebook-friends-are-awake

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Social Media Is a Denial-of-Service Attack on Your Mind
Death of the private self: how fifteen years of Facebook changed the human condition | Facebook | The Guardian
Taibbi on Facebook: Can We Be Saved From the Social Media Giant? - Rolling Stone
As Buyers Circle, Could Twitter Be Better Off As A Nonprofit? : All Tech Considered : NPR
Facebook fake-news writer - I think Donald Trump is in the White House because of me
Battling coronavirus misinformation in the age of social media | Coronavirus | The Guardian
For Rogue Twitter, You Need Burner Phone, Anonymous Email
Why RSS Still Beats Facebook and Twitter for Tracking News
RSS Is Better Than Twitter

https://www.dailydot.com/debug/tiktokers-speculate-meta-tiktok-ban/

https://techxplore.com/news/2021-11-facebook-dystopian-whistleblower-leaks-experts.html
https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/29/22752850/mastodon-trump-truth-social-network-open-source-gab-legal-notice

https://www.wired.com/story/tim-wu-explains-why-facebook-broken-up/

Week 7 - Algorithms and Milkshakes I

https://jrm4.com/slides/Algorithms_and_Milkshakes.html

this just in...
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/15/encryption-lose-privacy-us-uk-australia-facebook

How Encryption Works
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/sep/05/how-internet-encryption-works

http://computer.howstuffworks.com/encryption3.htm


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptographic_hash_function
A little more on SSL
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_key_certificate
https://stackoverflow.com/questions/6088583/which-symmetric-key-algorithm-does-ssl-use

Summary of NIST's Rules — surprised?
https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2016/08/18/nists-new-password-rules-what-you-need-to-know/
https://www.govtech.com/security/Widely-Used-Password-Advice-Turns-Out-to-Be-Wrong-NIST-Says.html

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/a-brief-history-of-the-nsa-attempting-to-insert-backdoors-into-encrypted-data

Apple's Method
http://blog.cryptographyengineering.com/2014/10/why-cant-apple-decrypt-your-iphone.html

Hashing for Verification
http://www.howtogeek.com/67241/htg-explains-what-are-md5-sha-1-hashes-and-how-do-i-check-them/

https://tiptopsecurity.com/what-is-cryptographic-hashing-md5-sha-and-more/


Week 6 - Anonymity and Social Surplus

https://jrm4.com/FSU_Courses/LIS3353/FALL-2022-%20LIS3353-anonymity-AND-social-surplus.pdf


In the news:
http://mashable.com/2017/03/31/isp-claim-wont-sell-browsing-history/#t0iFiYqefiqw
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/03/28/so_my_isp_can_now_sell_my_browsing_history_what_can_i_do/

Tor
http://lifehacker.com/what-is-tor-and-should-i-use-it-1527891029
http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/4/4802512/nsa-failed-to-compromise-tor-network-but-exploited-browser-vulnerabilities

Anonymity?
http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/2011/09/21/why-pseudonymity-is-such-an-important-concept-and-what-anybeat-is-doing-about-it/

Voting:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2012/11/06/estonians-get-to-vote-online-why-cant-america/

https://biznology.com/2018/01/online-communities-best-thing-internet-not-worst/
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/technology/how-the-internet-is-saving-culture-not-killing-it.html
https://www.wired.com/story/why-teens-arent-partying-anymore/

Playing with toys while people are dying?
https://medium.com/@mode7games/playing-with-toys-while-people-are-dying-f8ed35ef8b25

Social Surplus
http://www.niemanlab.org/2010/06/clay-shirkys-cognitive-surplus-is-creating-and-sharing-always-a-more-moral-choice-than-consuming/

Networked Production
https://www.wired.com/2017/02/craigslist-is-ugly-janky-old-schooland-unbeatable/

"Slacktivism"
http://www.meta-activism.org/2013/03/its-not-slacktivism-if-it-changes-culture/

Interesting old article:
https://whereverimaywork.com/couchsurfing-vs-airbnb-weighing-differences/


https://www.investopedia.com/the-great-work-from-home-migration-5184172
https://abcnews.go.com/Business/pandemic-sparks-labor-reckoning-job-anymore/story?id=77870374

https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/aug/19/gig-economy-no-game-changer-impact-uber-airbnb
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/11/gig-economy-that-works-for-everyone/

Week 5 - The Internet

https://jrm4.com/slides/LIS-3353_-_The_Internet.html

The history:
http://www2.ed.gov/pubs/OR/ConsumerGuides/internet.html
http://sixrevisions.com/resources/the-history-of-the-internet-in-a-nutshell/

The barriers
https://www.publicintegrity.org/2014/08/28/15404/how-big-telecom-smothers-city-run-broadband

https://www.datafantic.com/how-much-time-do-we-waste-waiting-for-websites-to-load/



DIY? Mesh, et al
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37974267
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/how-a-diy-network-plans-to-subvert-time-warner-cables-nyc-internet-monopoly
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2022/08/man-who-built-isp-instead-of-paying-comcast-50k-expands-to-hundreds-of-homes/



The net; today:
https://techcrunch.com/2016/10/09/a-decentralized-web-would-give-power-back-to-the-people-online/
https://backchannel.com/the-end-of-the-internet-dream-ba060b17da61#.y01ca2r1d

Censorship?
https://web.archive.org/web/20220209053205/https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/05/technology/8chan-cloudflare-el-paso.html

P2P
https://ipfs.io/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BitTorrent


Week 4 - Linux and the Command Line

http://jrm4.com/slides/LIS-3353_-_Linux,_The_GUI_and_the_Command_Line.html

No specific readings: but BEFORE THURSDAY review the below and come considering an option. Please EXPLORE and READ; don't just "click links and I'm done"

START HERE: WORDS+Linux Install Resources:Using Linux and the Command Line

OR VIDEO ../../Videos/VirtualboxInstall.mp4


Preferred: Real or Virtual Install.

For a real OR virtual install, you will need a distribution. Any will do, presently I recommend one of the following:
https://mxlinux.org/
https://linuxmint.com/
https://ubuntu.com/ as a last resort for new computers?

Or again — ANYTHING here, check the leaderboards!
https://distrowatch.com/

For a virtual install, you will need the above AND ALSO some virtualization software.
Most of you can still use https://www.virtualbox.org/
New fancy M1 mac people, you can't, but you can use https://mac.getutm.app/ - watch for which type, usually you'll want the specific Ubuntu flavor
VMware and others are also acceptable; https://www.ubackup.com/enterprise-backup/linux-vm-on-windows-10.html

Specific Virtualbox/UTM Links and Resources


If you got it like that...buy something with Linux preinstalled:

https://store.steampowered.com/steamdeck
https://www.raspberrypi.com/
https://www.cyberciti.biz/hardware/laptop-computers-with-linux-installed-or-preloaded/

Windows Subsystem for Linux, the Linux Subsystem for Windows

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wsl/install

Mac?

If nothing else works for you, you can probably just use the native terminal for the upcoming assignment.
But I'm going to ask you what else you tried first.

Cloud?

Yes, it's possible. Also messy; you can probably do this for free but it's a lot of wrangling.
But if you're familiar with eg. AWS or other hosts, this may work for you: The following are only examples
https://ubuntu.com/blog/launch-ubuntu-desktop-on-google-cloud
https://aws.amazon.com/marketplace/pp/prodview-gfwokwmdnbtn6
(amazon and google aren't the only game in town..)
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/products/virtual-machines/linux (this breaks my brain, but here we are!)
https://docs.digitalocean.com/developer-center/install-ubuntu-desktop-on-a-droplet/
https://www.vultr.com/docs/install-gui-environment-for-ubuntu/

Week 3 - Software and Operating Systems

https://jrm4.com/slides/LIS-3353_-_History_of_Operating_Systems.html


http://library.jrm4.info/bookmark/46/content

Apple
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/rise-fall-rise-apple-history/

Monopoly?
http://lowendmac.com/2008/rise-of-microsoft-monopoly/

Cultural Defeat of Microsoft
https://www.devever.net/~hl/windowsdefeat
https://backchannel.com/why-i-m-saying-goodbye-to-apple-google-and-microsoft-78af12071bd#.mg44d9omw

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3088755/windows/a-lawsuit-over-an-unwanted-windows-10-upgrade-just-cost-microsoft-10000.html
Linux
https://web.archive.org/web/20210427033605/https://www.techrepublic.com/blog/linux-and-open-source/apple-steals-innovation-from-the-heart-of-the-linux-community/
http://www.zdnet.com/article/linux-and-open-source-have-won-get-over-it/

https://itsfoss.com/windows-10-inspired-linux/

http://www.naughtycomputer.uk/free_software_better_than_open_source.html

https://techtalk.gfi.com/do-operating-systems-matter-anymore/



Week 2 - Hardware

https://jrm4.com/slides/LIS-3353_-_Hardware.html

IN THE NEWS

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/chinese-factories-add-blowers-to-old-rtx-4090-cards

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2023/mar/26/cryptocurrencies-add-nothing-useful-to-society-nvidia-chatbots-processing-crypto-mining




Does Moore's Law Matter?
http://www.slashgear.com/is-moores-law-still-relevant-for-pcs-0780747/

IoT
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobmorgan/2014/05/13/simple-explanation-internet-things-that-anyone-can-understand/#4614fcdd1d09

(Warning, strong language ahead. But, it makes for perhaps the most frank and honest discussion I've seen on the topic)
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/pgkdm7/when-the-internet-of-things-starts-to-feel-like-the-internet-of-shit

Does HARDWARE Matter?
http://www.computerworld.com/article/2494720/computer-hardware/preston-gralla--does-hardware-matter-anymore-.html

On Shenzhen
https://medium.com/wonk-bridge/shenzhen-the-tech-capital-of-the-world-7b1a0469c39f



https://opensource.com/resources/virtualization
https://www.weave.works/blog/a-practical-guide-to-choosing-between-docker-containers-and-vms (you can stop before the "weave" thing)



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