Technologies and Politics of Control

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Course: Internet and Society: Technologies and Politics of Control

Organizers: LSTU–E–120 - Harvard Extension School - Spring 2009 - Tuesdays 5:30-7:30 pm EST - Berkman Center for Internet and Society


"The Internet has taken on an ever-widening role not only in the production and sharing of information, but also in the political, social, and economic processes of everyday life around the world. The Net has been heralded by many as nothing less than a means of fundamentally transforming our world into one that is more just, more democratic, and more affluent, while redrawing the boundaries of political and economic power. However, the frontierism of the early Internet provoked regulatory responses, followed by various attempts to develop collective control via emergent structure. This course asks: what now is the balance between these forces, and what, if anything, should be done?"