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 (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 . 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:

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

See you in class!

+Assignment 1

+Assignment 2

Practical Project

Tech Guides:On Docker

Week 15 - Wrapping up

Teams I, feel free to draw on ANY previous readings

On "Innovation"

Week 13/14 - A&M II, weird internet money

WOW. I've never seen an article that so directly gets at what I'm going to be talking about, and this one just came up. Score one for algorithms? -

The following is 100% ONLY MY PERSONAL OPINION and should not be relied upon as legal or financial advice.

Week 12 - Freely Available Information

The basics:



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



Week 11 - Software II - from Compression to Thinking Machines

NOTE: Teams F may also draw from Week 10, below.

So. I couldn't find a solid, but simple, explanation of image compression. So I just asked ChatGPT to explain it to a highschooler.
Image Compression, by ChatGPT

Week 10 - Linux, Languages, and Development


What is code?

What programming is

Basic Binary

(also this — brilliant!) -

Basic Algorithms

Week 8 - Privacy and Social Media

Privacy, broadly

Little Brother?


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

Week 7 - Algorithms and Milkshakes I

this just in...

How Encryption Works
A little more on SSL

Summary of NIST's Rules — surprised?

Apple's Method

Hashing for Verification

Week 6 - Anonymity and Social Surplus

In the news:




Playing with toys while people are dying?

Social Surplus

Networked Production


Interesting old article:

Week 5 - The Internet

The history:

The barriers

DIY? Mesh, et al

The net; today:



Week 4 - Linux and the Command Line,_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: as a last resort for new computers?

Or again — ANYTHING here, check the leaderboards!

For a virtual install, you will need the above AND ALSO some virtualization software.
Most of you can still use
New fancy M1 mac people, you can't, but you can use - watch for which type, usually you'll want the specific Ubuntu flavor
VMware and others are also acceptable;

Specific Virtualbox/UTM Links and Resources

If you got it like something with Linux preinstalled:

Windows Subsystem for Linux, the Linux Subsystem for Windows


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.


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
(amazon and google aren't the only game in town..) (this breaks my brain, but here we are!)

Week 3 - Software and Operating Systems



Cultural Defeat of Microsoft

Week 2 - Hardware


Does Moore's Law Matter?


(Warning, strong language ahead. But, it makes for perhaps the most frank and honest discussion I've seen on the topic)

Does HARDWARE Matter?

On Shenzhen (you can stop before the "weave" thing)

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