LIS5411 - Introduction to Information Policy

Welcome to the Course!

This 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.

Contacting me should only be done through regular email, at ( It is my informed opinion that "Canvas Conversations" should be avoided by all, standard email much better respects autonomy and privacy.)

The live portion of the course will be administered in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra; link is below.

There is a large groupwork component in the class; most weeks will include both a lecture and discussion work with your team. For this, Discord will be supported and strongly recommended. It is my recommendation that you and your team use Discord for groupwork; though I will absolutely allow individuals to opt-out if they so choose. Go here for information and the Discord invitation.

Because of the abbreviated summer term, we will attempt to "hit the ground running." Please review the first week readings.
The only mandatory thing will be to be present for class via Collaborate, using the link below —
However, if enough people also consent to using, and make it into, Discord, we may try to do a first week discussion. This we can play by ear.

Permanent Course Link, please also save elsewhere:

On the first day, do not leave the class until attendance has been taken

Paper Instructions

Week 11 - Hope


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

More if you're really starved..

Week 10 - Legal Privacy and Modern Issues

Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have 'Nothing to Hide' - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Opinion | We Read 150 Privacy Policies. They Were an Incomprehensible Disaster. - The New York Times
Against an Increasingly User-Hostile Web -
Right to Privacy: Constitutional Rights & Privacy Laws | Live Science
The Right of Privacy: Is it Protected by the Constitution?
Privacy Paper
Taibbi on Facebook: Can We Be Saved From the Social Media Giant? - Rolling Stone
Obfuscation: how leaving a trail of confusion can beat online surveillance | Data protection | The Guardian
Snowden warns new surveillance measures will outlast the coronavirus
European Commission

Week 9 - Social Media

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
Parler CEO wants liberal to join the pro-Trump crowd on the app
'Weaponized' Facebook fails to protect civil rights, audit says

Week 8 - Social Surplus

Weath of Networks - Chapter 1
Playing With Toys While People are Dying | by Paul Kilduff-Taylor | Medium
Online communities are the best thing about the Internet - Biznology

How the Internet Is Saving Culture, Not Killing It - The New York Times
Teens Arent Partying Anymore
Cognitive Surplus - a more moral choice

Week 7 - Privacy Continued - Anonymity

What Is Tor and Why Should I Use It?
This is what a Tor Supporter looks like: Laura Poitras | Tor Blog
No guarantees here, for information only:

Why Pseudonymity Is Such an Important Concept | by Mark Suster | Both Sides of the Table
Facebook's Randi Zuckerberg: Anonymity Online 'Has To Go Away' | HuffPost

Estonians get to vote online
Watch how quick it is to vote in the most advanced democracy on earth, Estonia | VentureBeat

El Paquete Semanal - Wikipedia
The Plot to Free North Korea With Smuggled Episodes of 'Friends' | WIRED

Obfuscation: how leaving a trail of confusion can beat online surveillance | Data protection | The Guardian

The Right to Read

Week 6 - Intro to Privacy and Verification

./LIS5411 - Privacy and Milkshakes.pdf
The tech
How internet encryption works | Data protection | The Guardian
Public key cryptography - Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange (full version) - YouTube
TrueCrypt audit shows no sign of NSA backdoors, just some minor glitches | PCWorld

What is Cryptographic Hashing? MD5, SHA, and More

Week 5 - Regulation, Old and New

Federal Communications Commission
A short history of the telephone industry and regulation
The Invisible Barbecue

The History of the Internet in a Nutshell
The Internet: Computer Network Hierarchy | HowStuffWorks

How big telecom smothers city run broadband
A decentralized web would give power back to the people online
Rural America Is Building Its Own Internet Because No One Else Will

Nationalize the Internet: Why the Fight for Net Neutrality Is Just the Start
Ending net neutrality will end Internet as we know it: Wozniak Copps

The coronavirus crisis proves internet should be a public utility

- (new)

Week 4 - Responses to "IP"

Cory Doctorow: IP

Alternate Modes
Orphan Works


Week 3 - Freely Available Information

The Basics:
The Four Types of Intellectual Property Protection -

Iron Man's Suit Isn't Patented, It's A Trade Secret (Seriously) | Litigation & Trial

Trademark law | Modern Wiki | Fandom

Patent Law: Everything You Need to Know

Copyright Basics

Rethinking things:

Intellectual? Property?
Did You Say Intellectual Property? Its a Seductive Mirage
Property Rights and Intellectual Property

Heavy ideas: Compare Anarchism Triumphant with Enforcing Copyright

Week 1 - Intro to Info Policy

Intro to Info Policy

The Econ I'm (not) talking about
How economics became a religion

On Econ
Wealth of Networks - Benkler
The Attention Economy and the Net

On Law
Transcendental Nonsense
The Law of the Horse

Basic Civics

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