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Society, Information Technology,

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Course & Syllabus

~Course preview next Tuesday, August 29 at 9am PT, 4pm UTC~

Begins online on Tuesdays, Sep 26, 2017 at 9am Pacific Time, 4pm UTC, 6pm CEST

Hour-long, in a Google group video Hangout

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This course asks:
What is information technology, broadly conceived? How did it develop? Who did it? What has been the process of diffusion into the economy and society? How and why did the Network Society take shape? In this course, we’ll analyze the interaction between society and contemporary information technologies, in a multicultural and comparative perspective. In doing so, we’ll examine what data and evidence are in the social sciences, how they are used, and how they are interpreted. We'll also explore how this informs the development of wiki MIT OCW-centric World University and School:

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World University and School, Austin Hall on Harvard's virtual island, Aphilo Aarde


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"Information Technology, the Network Society, & the Global University"

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Harvard's Virtual Island accessible here  ~

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Syllabus (in development)

Autumn 2017, Pacific Time
in Google + group video Hangouts accessible here

-  https://plus.google.com/+ScottMacLeodWUaS -
(and on Harvard's virtual island in Second Life -
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Berkman/114/70/25)

Instructor: Scott MacLeod

(not on Harvard's faculty) = Aphilo Aarde (in Second Life)
http://scottmacleod.com

Welcome to the 'Information Technology, the Network Society and the Global University' on Harvard's virtual island course web site, a course about how the Network Society has developed, vis--vis long-time Professor at UC Berkeley, UoSC,  and University of Catalonia (UOC), in Barcelona, Manuel Castells' research on the Information Technology revolution. In this course, we'll examine how the Information Technology revolution represents a paradigm shift, as significant as previous industrial revolutions, from an empirically grounded analysis of the present. The argument for this course is that information generation / processing is the driver of change in society. The information revolution in the Internet Age comes from people producing their information and exchanging it over the net, from the double logic of identities and networks. We'll also draw on http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Network_Society  (accessible from http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Internet_Studies) as well as other World University wiki resources.

This virtual course is 'placeless.' Talks and discussions will take place both in group video in the first hour and in-world in the Meeting Area on Harvard's island in the virtual world of Second Life in the second hour.

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Description of the course

This class is aimed at undergraduate students of all backgrounds and interests. It does not require specific disciplinary knowledge and is designed to be understood by any student with a general level of information about society, politics, the economy, and international affairs, regardless of the student's major. Interested graduate students are welcome. A series of talks will analyze the interaction between society and contemporary information technologies, in a multicultural and comparative perspective. Talks will cover 11 topics, which will be subdivided in specific themes. Specific required online media resources will be assigned for each topic.

Pre-requisites:
For non-sociology students; consent of the instructor.
Requirements:
Regular Participation. Engaging Required Media Resources.
 

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SCHEDULE OF TALKS
(number between brackets indicate number of talks)

0. Introduction: Technology and Society (1)

1. The Information Technology Revolution: History, Geography, Actors (Microelectronics, computers, telecommunications, genetic engineering) (2)

2. The Internet Society: Social history of the Internet. The cultures of the Internet. Virtual communities and sociability online. Social movements, political conflicts, and the Internet. (4).

3. The New Economy: Technology and Productivity. E-business and the new economy. Globalization: financial markets, international trade, transnational production networks, internationalization of the labor force. The new international division of labor: inclusion and exclusion in the global networks of the new economy. (4)

4. The Digital Divide: (a) Technology, poverty, and minorities in the U.S. (b) Inequality, poverty, and social exclusion in the Information Age (c) The digital divide in a global perspective. (3)

5. The transformation of management, work, and employment: the network enterprise, flexible work, and the individualization of capital labor relations. (3)

6. Gender relations in the Information Age. (2)

7. The Informational City: information technology and spatial transformation (2)

8. The New Media and the culture of real virtuality. (2)

9. Informational Politics and the Network State (2)

10. The new world disorder: war and peace in the Age of the Internet (1) Conclusion: Technology and Social Responsibility (1) 

11. Communication Power (1)

12.  Global University, Wiki and Knowledge Generation (1)

REQUIRED MEDIA RESOURCES and READINGS
(Numbers refer to the topics in the program)

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0. Manuel Castells, with Harry Kreisler (Interviewer). 2003. Identity and Change in the Network Society, with Manuel Castells (Conversations with History). Berkeley, CA: University of California Television (UCTV).


Identity and Change in the Network Society - Manuel Castells

Please watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GBB7U5mv0w




Please read transcript: http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/people/Castells/castells-con0.html

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1. Manuel Castells, "The Rise of the Network Society,” 2 nd edition, Oxford: Blackwell, 2000, chapter 1: "The Information Technology Revolution,” pp.28- 76


The Information Technology Revolution - History and Geography - Scott MacLeod
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJIy6LpZLeI

Transcript: http://socinfotech.pbworks.com/w/page/23323461/InfoTechSoc1

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The Information Revolution and Social Transformations
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj5cnr-xjJ0


Transcript: http://socinfotech.pbworks.com/w/page/22857086/InfoTechSoc2

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2. a) Janet Abbate "Inventing the Internet,” Cambridge: MIT Press, 1999, pages 1-6, 44-81, and 181-220.
b) Eric S. Raymond "The cathedral & the bazaar. Musings on Linux and open source by an accidental revolutionary," Sebastopol, Ca: O'Reilly, 1999, pages 7 - 78.
c) Turkle, Sherry. 2015. Stop Googling. Let’s Talk. September 26. New York, NY:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/27/opinion/sunday/stop-googling-lets-talk.html.



Social History of the Internet - Scott MacLeod
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jghU_CM4R9Y


Transcript:


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Internet History - Scott MacLeod
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VKh-22l-w4


Transcript:

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Sociability, the Internet & Empirical Data in the mid-late 1990s: Communities & Individualization
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKvSITu9XPg

Transcript:

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The Internet and Social Political Environments - MacLeod
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNTVix681Ok

Transcript:

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The Internet and the Hacker Ethos - Scott MacLeod
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onjDjNNS3tE

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3. a) Manuel Castells "Information technology and global capitalism" in Will Hutton and Anthony Giddens "On the edge. Living in global capitalism," London: Jonathan Cape and New York: The New Press, 2000, pages 52-74 b) David Held et alter "Global Transformations,” Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999, pages 189-282.


The New Economy and Information Technology - MacLeod
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9awgJlZ93k

Transcript:

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4.  a) Manuel Castells "End of Millennium,” Oxford: Blackwell, 2nd edition, 2000, chapter 2 "The rise of the fourth world,” pages 68-82 and 128-152
b) U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration "Failing through the net: toward digital inclusion. A report on American's access to technology tools,” Washington DC: October 2000 (the whole report minus the methodology appendix)
c) David Bolt and Ray Crawford "Digital Divide. Computers and Our Children's Future,” New York: TV Books, pages 23-71
d) Manuel Castells "Information technology and global development," keynote address to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, May 12, 2000 (text provided in class - available on-line from the United Nations).


Please watch video:

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5. Martin Carnoy "Sustaining the new economy. Work, family and community in the Information Age," Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000, pages 14- 104


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6. a) Juliet Webster "Shaping Women's Work. Gender, Employment and Information Technology,” Harlow: Longman, 1996, pages 33-1 10, and 176- 192
b) Martin Carnoy "Sustaining the new economy,” pages 105 -151. 7. a) William J. Mitchell "E-topia," Cambridge: MIT Press, pp. 31-68
b) James O.Wheeler, Yuko Aoyama, and Barney Warf "City space, industrial space and cyberspace" in Wheeler, Aoyama and Warf (eds.) "Cities in the telecommunications age," New York: Routledge, 2000, pages 3-17
c) Andrew Gillespie and Ronald Richardson "Teleworking and the city: Myths of workplace transcendence and travel reduction,” in Wheeler, Aoyama and Warf (eds) "Cities in the telecommunications age,” 2000, pages 228-248


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8. a) Bruce M. Owen "The Internet challenge to television,” Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1999, pages 197-333.
b). William Dutton "Society on the line. Information politics in the digital age,” New York: Oxford University Press, 1999, chapter 10: "Wiring the global village: shaping access to audiences,” pages 257-277


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9. Manuel Castells, "The power of identity,” Oxford: Blackwell, 1997, chapter 5 "A powerless state?," pages 244-276 and 299-308, and chapter 6 "Informational politics and the crisis of democracy,” pages 309-353.


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10. John Arquilia and David Ronfeldt "The emergence of noopolitik. Toward and American Information Strategy,” Santa Monica, CA: Rand Corporation, 1999 (whole book, 89 pages).


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11. Jan A.G.M. van Dijk. 2009.  "Review of Manuel Castells (2009), Communication Power,"
Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press. (571 p.) ISBN 978-0-19-956-701-1. To appear in Communications, The European Journal of Communication (2010)
http://www.utwente.nl/bms/mco/bestanden/CastellsCommunicationPowerReview.pdf

  and Sy Taffel "Manuel Castells – Communication Power" precis, May 31, 2010
https://mediaecologies.wordpress.com/2010/05/31/manuel-castells-communication-power/



Manuel Castells: Communication power in the Network Societies
Please watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoMam-oFOzY

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12. Jimmy Wales. 2009. The Future of Free Culture: Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia. New Haven, CT: Yale University.

The Future of Free Culture: Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia.
Please watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9Vu69Ajtlk

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