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COMM 230A: Digital Civil Society

Digital technologies have fundamentally changed how people come together to make change in the world, a sphere of action commonly called 'civil society'. How did this happen, what's being done about it, and what does it mean for democratic governance and collective action in the future? This course analyzes the opportunities and challenges technology presents to associational life, free expression, individual privacy, and collective action. Year-long seminar sequence for advanced undergraduates or master's students. Each quarter may be taken independently. Fall Quarter focuses on the emergence of digital technologies in the 1990's. Topics include popular adoption of the internet, development of international networks, creation of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Internet Archive, emergence of the digital economy, the dot com bubble, key pieces of technology legislation, and legal battles over free expression.
Terms: Aut | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-SI
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