Schedule

WEEK 1: ORIGINS OF DIGITAL COMPUTING (Week 1 Intro)

WEEK 1 TOPICS (Week 1 Lecture Videos: Part 1Part 2)

  • What did early, analog computational devices do?
  • Who pioneered the steps toward digital computing?
  • What were the uses (military and other) for digital computers in the 20th century?

WEEK 1 READINGS

  • Campbell-Kelly Martin & W. Aspray (1996) Chapters 1-4 in Computer: A History of the Information Machine New York: Harper Collins (read)
  • Rheingold, Howard (2000) The First Programmer Was a Lady. In Tools for Thought (pp. 25-44) (read)

WEEK 1 ASSIGNMENTS

  • Post #1 Due (Thursday, May 21st by 5pm)
  • Post Comment #1 Due (Saturday, May 23rd by 5pm)

WEEK 2: THE PERSONAL COMPUTER (Week 2 Intro)

WEEK 2 TOPICS (Week 2 Lecture Video)

  • What were the major technological advances that helped shrink computers?
  • What perceptional changes in computing accompanied these advancements?
  • What was ‘personal’ about the PC?

WEEK 2 READINGS:

  • Campbell-Kelly Martin & W. Aspray (1996) Chapters 5, 6, and 10 in Computer: A History of the Information Machine (pp. 233-258) New York: Harper Collins (read)

WEEK 2 ASSIGNMENTS

  • Post #2 Due (Thursday, May 28th by 5pm)
  • Post Comment #2 Due (Saturday, May 30th by 5pm)

WEEK 3: THE HISTORY OF DIGITAL GAMES (Week 3 Intro)

WEEK 3 TOPICS (Week 3 Lecture Videos Part 1Part 2Part 3):

  • What are the origins of video games and how did they become commercialized?
  • What were text-based PC games like and how were they popularized?
  • What did graphics add to the experience and marketing of games?

WEEK 3 READINGS

  • Steward Brand (1972) “SPACEWAR: Fanatic Life and Symbolic Death Among the Computer Bums,” Rolling Stone (read)

WEEK 3 ASSIGNMENTS

  • Post #3 Due (Wednesday, June 3rd by 5pm)
  • Post Comment #3 Due (Friday, June 5th by 5pm)

WEEK 4: THE CULTURE AND POLITICS OF DIGITAL GAMES (Week 4 Intro)

WEEK 4 PLAYTHEPAST.ORG TASK

  • The playthepast.org assignment is Wiki Task #1 and is due on Friday, June 12th by 5pm.

WEEK 5: THE INTERNET & THE WEB (Week 5 Intro)

WEEK 5 TOPICS (Week 5 Lecture Video)

  • What is the difference between the Internet and the Web?
  • How did the individuals and institutions that shaped the internet envision its uses and future?

WEEK 5 READINGS & AUDIO

  • Licklider, J. C. R., & R. W. Taylor. (1968). “The Computer as a Communication Device,” Science and Technology (read)
  • Turner, Fred (2005) “Where the counterculture met the new economy: the WELL and the origins of virtual community” Technology and Culture 46 (3): 485-512 (read)
  • “Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less From Each Other”. Sherry Turkle. (podcast)

WEEK 5 ASSIGNMENTS

  • Post #4 Due (Wednesday, June 17th by 5pm)
  • Post Comment #4 Due (Friday, June 19th by 5pm)

WEEK 6: WEB 2.0 (Week 6 Intro)

WEEK 6 TOPICS (Week 6 Lecture Video)

  • Social Computing
  • Collaborative Computing – Blogs, Wikis, and Crowd Sourcing
  • Tim O’Reilly and The Origins of Web 2.0
  • Web 3.0 and Beyond

WEEK 6 REQUIRED DOCUMENTARY

  • Good Copy, Bad Copy (watch)

WEEK 6 REQUIRED VIDEOS

  • Benkler, Yochai (2008) Open Source Economics (watch)
  • Berners-Lee, Tim (2009) The Next Web of Open, Linked Data (watch)
  • Wales, Jimmy (2005) How a Ragtag Band Created Wikipedia (watch)
  • The Linux Foundation (2012) How Linux is Built (watch)
  • Lessig, Lawrence (2007) How Creativity is Being Strangled by the Law (watch)

WEEK 6 ASSIGNMENTS

  • Post #5 Due (Wednesday, June 24th by 5pm)
  • Post Comment #5 Due (Saturday, June 27th by 5pm)

WEEK 7: ALPHABET SOUP: Hacking, Surveillance, and the Web (Week 7 Intro)

WEEK 7 TOPICS

  • Anonymous
  • Copyright and Piracy Legislation
  • Surveillance

WEEK 7 READINGS

  • Havey, Jason (2012) A technical examination of SOPA and PROTECT IP (read)
  • Norton, Quinn (2012) 2011: The Year Anonymous Took On Cops, Dictators and Existential Dread (read)
  • Hart, Vi. (2014) Net Neutrality in the US: Now What? (watch)
  • Zetter, Kim (2013) Reddit Cofounder Calls on Google’s Larry Page to Oppose CISPA (read)
  • Sottek, T.C. (2013) The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act: CISPA explained (read)
  • Hundt, Reed (2014) Saving Privacy (read)
  • NBC News (2014) Inside the mind of Edward Snowden (watch)

WEEK 7 ASSIGNMENTS

  • Wiki Task #2 (Final Exam) Due (Thursday, July 2nd by 11:59pm)