ICT, Society, and Democracy
3 units, Autumn Quarter 2013-2014, Stanford University
Meeting Time: Mondays 7:15-9:45 PM
Location: 460-126 (Margaret Jacks Hall, Greenberg Seminar Room)
Instructor: Todd Davies
Instructor's Office: 460-040C (Margaret Jacks Hall, lower level)
Email: davies at stanford dot edu
Phone: x3-4091; Fax: x3-5666
Office Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays 10:30 - 11:55 AM
Interactive website: ICT, Society, and Democracy Course Blog
GRADING OTHER BOOKS ARTICLES LINKS
This version: November 15, 2013 [check this site for updates]
Prerequisites: Completion of a course in psychology, communication, human-computer interaction, or a related discipline, or consent of the instructor. Note: The course materials and blog will be publicly available, but class sessions are open only to students enrolled in the course.
Course Overview and Required Textbooks:
This advanced small seminar explores the impact of information and communication technologies on social and political life, as well as the possibilities in store for our future. The course is taught as a reading seminar: We read books (and some articles), and we discuss them both online and in class. Under the proposed syllabus, we will all read two recent and important books on ICT, society, and democracy, and discuss recent articles on current "hot topics". In the final sessions, each student will lead a discussion about one of several other books concerning ICT, society, and democracy.
The written component of the course will take place
online, with weekly 300-500 word comments on the assigned
readings, graded in a mixed instructor/peer scheme (see below
for details). Comments must be made ahead of each class
session by 5 pm so that everyone can read them before that
week's discussion. I will lead the discussions of Turkle's
and McChesney's books and the "hot topics" articles over the
first phase of the course (weeks 2-8), turning it over to
student presenters/discussion leaders in the latter phase (weeks
9-10). A tentative schedule is given below.
Each student is required to (a) attend and participate regularly, (b) do the assigned reading and post at least one reaction comment (300 to 500 words) on this website per week, by 5 pm on the day of class, and (c) select and present a focus topic in class, provide sample readings for the class at least one week ahead of their presentation, and lead a discussion on their focal topic during the final weeks of the course. There is no final paper or exam in the course.
(September 23) -- Overview and Introductions
2 (September 30) - Alone Together Introduction,
and chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5
3 (October 7) -- Alone Together chapters 6, 7,
8, 9, & 10
4 (October 14) -- Alone Together chapters 11,
12, 13, 14, Conclusion, & Epilogue
(November 11) -- Selection
of Readings on "Hot Topics" (e.g. NSA surveillance, Wikileaks,
Silicon Valley culture, and the future of work), Chosen by the
Class - TBA for timeliness
(November 18) -- Student-led
Week 10 (December 2) -- Student-led Discussions II
The course grade will be based on the following breakdown:
Grades for the presentation/discussion leading and attendance/partifcipation will be assigned by me alone. Grades for comments, however, will be graded in the following way:
Each week, I will
solicit from each student a score (out of 5 points possible) for
every other student's comments that week. Individual peer scores
will be kept confidential between me and the student issuing the
score. I will average my own score for each comment with the
median peer score for that comment to arrive at a weekly comment
score for each student.
Suggested Books for Student-Led Discussions (Weeks 9-10):
* Adam Alter (2013), Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave* NOTE: A shelf of hard copies of those books marked with a bold asterisk is located in the 460-040 lounge area for use in selecting which book to read.
Lori Andrews (2012), I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy
Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler (2011), The Future of Us
Julian Assange, with Jacob Appelbaum, and Andy Muller-Maguhn (2012), Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet
Anne Balsamo (2011), Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work
Alexander Bard & Jan Soderqvist (2012), The Futurica Trilogy
* Jonah Berger (2013), Contagious: Why Things Catch On
Nick Bilton (2013, forthcoming), Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal
* Jim Blascovich and Jeremy Bailenson (2011/2012), Infinite Reality: The Hidden Blueprint of Our Virtual Lives
* Andrew Blum (2012), Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet
Heidi Boghosian (2013), Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power, and Public Resistance
William G. Bowen (2013), Higher Education in the Digital Age
David Brin (1998), The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Privacy and Freedom?
Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee (2011/2012), Race Against the Machine: How the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy
Manuel Castells (2012), Networks of Outrage and Hope: Social Movements in the Internet Age
Anupam Chander (2013), The Electronic Silk Road: How the Web Binds the World Together in Commerce
Susan Clark and Woden Teachout (2012), Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home
E. Gabriella Coleman (2012), Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking
Susan P. Crawford (2013), Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age
Ronald J. Deibert (2013), Black Code: Inside the Battle for Cyberspace
Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler (2012), Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
* Cory Doctorow (2010), Little Brother
Jonan Donaldson, Eliane Agra, Mohammed Alshammari, Andrew Bailey, Daniel Bowdoin, Meghan Kendle, Lauren Nixon, Lisa Wressell (2013), Massively Open:: How Massive Open Online Courses Changed the World
George B. Dyson (1997/2012), Darwin Among the Machines: The Evolution of Global Intelligence (Second Edition)
Dave Eggers (2013), The Circle
Martin Ford (2009), The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future
Abraham H. Foxman and Christopher Wolf (2013), Viral Hate: Controlling Its Spread on the Internet
James Gleick (2012), The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood
Marina Gorbis (2013), The Nature of the Future: Dispatches from the Socialstructed World
* Andy Greenberg (2012), This Machine Kills Secrets: How WikiLeakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World's Information
* Arlie Russell Hochschild (2012), The Outsourced Self: What Happens When We Pay Others to Live Our Lives for Us
Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha (2012), The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career
Ryan Holiday (2012), Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator
Henry Jenkins, Sam Ford, and Joshua Green (2013), Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture
* Steven Johnson (2012), Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age
Tim Jordan (2013), Internet, Society and Culture: Communicative Practices Before and After the Internet
Andrew Keen (2012), Digital Vertigo: How Today's Online Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing, and Disorienting Us
Ray Kurzweil (2012), How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed
* Jaron Lanier (2013), Who Owns the Future?
Geert Lovink (2012), Networks Without a Cause: A Critique of Social Media
* Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier (2013), Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think
Mariana Mazzucato (2013), The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public Versus Private Sector Myths
Frank Bryce McCluskey and Melanie Lynn Winter (2012), The Idea of the Digital University: Ancient Traditions, Disruptive Technologies and the Battle for the Soul of Higher Education
Nicco Mele (2013), The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath
David Moon, Patrick Ruffini, and David Segal, editors (2013), Hacking Politics: How Geeks, Progressives, the Tea Party, Gamers, Anarchists and Suits Teamed Up to Defeat SOPA and Save the Internet
* Evgeny Morozov (2013), To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism
* Tina Nabatchi, John Gastil, G. Michael Weiksner and Matt Leighninger (Eds.) (2012), Democracy in Motion: Evaluating the Practice and Impact of Deliberative Civic Engagement
Annalee Newitz (2013), Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction
Gavin Newsom with Lisa Dickey (2013), Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government
Michael Nielsen (2011), Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science
Helen Nissenbaum (2009), Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life
Parmy Olson (2012/2013), We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency
Danny Oppenheimer and Mike Edwards (2012), Democracy Despite Itself: Why a System That Shouldn't Work at All Works So Well
Lee Raine and Barry Wellman (2012), Networked: The New Social Operating System
Howard Rheingold (2012), Net Smart: How to Thrive Online
* Douglas Rushkoff (2013), Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now
Johnny Ryan (2010), A History of the Internet and the Digital Future
* Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen (2013), The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations, and Business
* Bruce Schneier (2012), Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust that Society Needs to Thrive
Trebor Scholz (Ed.) (2012), Digital Labor: The Internet as Playground and Factory
Jeffrey J. Selingo (2013), College (Un)bound: The Future of Higher Education and What it Means for Students
Catherine Steiner-Adair and Teresa H. Barker (2013), The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age
Thomas Streeter (2010), The Net Effect: Romanticism, Capitalism, and the Internet
Cass Sunstein (2013), Simpler: The Future of Government
Daniel Trottier (2012), Social Media as Surveillance: Rethinking Visibility in a Converging World
Fred Turner (2013, forthcoming), The Democratic Surround: Multimedia and American Liberalism from World War II to the Psychedelic Sixties
Joseph Turow (2013), The Daily You: How the New Advertising Industry Is Defining Your Identity and Your Worth
* Ethan Zuckerman (2013), Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection
Lori Andrews (February 4, 2012), "Facebook Is Using You"
Ken Auletta (April 30, 2012), "Get Rich U.: There Are No Walls Between Stanford and Silicon Valley - Should There Be?"
James Bamford (July 12, 2013), "They Know Much More Than You Think"
Yochai Benkler (2011), "A Free Irresponsible Press: Wikileaks and the Battle Over the Soul of the Networked Fourth Estate"
Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee (October 2011), "Race Against the Machine" Excerpts from The Atlantic Monthly pt1. pt2. pt3.
Ron Deibert (September 16, 2013), "To Protect Canadians' Privacy, Telcos Must Shut the 'Back Door'"
Jesse Drucker (October 2013), "Man Making Ireland Tax Avoidance Hub Proves Local Hero"
Michael Erard (September 20, 2013), "No Comments"
Barton Gellman and Ashkan Soltani (October 30, 2013), "NSA Infiltrates Links to Yahoo, Google Data Centers Worldwide, Snowden Documents Say"
Glenn Greenwald and others (2013), Selections from the "NSA Files"
Woodrow Hartzog and Frederic D. Stutzman (2013), "The Case for Online Obscurity"
Tim Kreider (October 26, 2013), "Slaves of the Internet, Unite!"
Ethan Kross, Philippe Verduyn, Emre Demiralp, Jiyoung Park, David Seungjae Lee, Natalie Lin, Holly Shablack, John Jonides, and Oscar Ybarra (August 14, 2013), "Facebook Use Predicts Declines in Subjective Well-Being in Young Adults"
Paul Lukas, Interviewed by Bob Garfield (May 31, 2013), "A Writer and His Troll"
Andrew Leonard (July 19, 2013), "The Internet's Greatest Disruptive Innovation: Inequality"
Meghan Neal (September 24, 2013), "Can There Be a Non-US Internet?"
George Packer (May 27, 2013), "Change the World: Silicon Valley Transfers Its Slogans???and Its money???to the Realm of Politics"
Nick Statt (October 19, 2013), "A Radical Dream for Making Techno Utopias a Reality"
Daniel Trottier (February 4, 2013), "The Business of Conversations: Market Media Surveillance and Visibility"
Terry Winograd (July 1, 2013), "What's Wrong with Technological Fixes?" Terry Winograd Interviews Evgeny Morozov
Mark Zuckerberg (August 20, 2013), "Is Connectivity a Human Right?"
Ethan Zuckerman (April 2013), "Cute Cats to the Rescue? Participatory Media and Political Expression"
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