DPI-659

Media, Politics & Power in the Digital Age

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Assignments due Wednesday, Dec. 4

Readings

  • BOOK: Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World, by McGonigal. (“Introduction”)
  • WEB ARTICLE: “The Decline and Fall of an Ultra Rich Online Gaming Empire”, by Dibbell in Wired. http://bit.ly/T04uCf
  • WEB ARTICLE: “The Dream Factory - From design to delivery, custom manufacturing is coming soon to a desktop near you”, by Thompson in Wired. http://bit.ly/P74vzZ
  • WEB ARTICLE: “Generation Fabrication”, by Cascio in World Changing. http://bit.ly/QEmOOe
  • WEB ARTICLE: “The Kind of Future Fabbing Suggests”, by Steffen in World Changing. http://bit.ly/OzkzOn

Deliverables

  • No deliverables – work on your final deliverable!

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Assignments due Wednesday, Nov. 20

Readings

  • HBS CASE: “Data.gov” by Lakhani, Austin and Yi.
  • BOOK: Open Government: Collaboration, Transparency, and Participation in Practice, by Lathrop and Ruma. Ruma. (Chapter 22, “All Your Data Are Belong to Us: Liberating Government Data” by Brito and Chapter 26, “Transparency Inside Out, by Koelkebeck)
  • BLOG: “Wikiworld” by Di Filippo on Pyr Books Blog. http://bit.ly/T04amZ
  • WEB ARTICLE: “Why Craigslist Is Such a Mess”, by Wolf in Wired. http://bit.ly/LX5dE1
  • VIDEO: “The Local Revolution Keynote at the 2012 Personal Democracy Forum” by Torpey at Personal Democracy Forum. http://bit.ly/QqaTJr
  • WEB ARTICLE: “Truth in the Age of Social Media: A Social Computing and Big Data Challenge”, by Meier in iRevloution. http://bit.ly/NUYg4p
  • VIDEO: “Video Introduction to Crisis Mapping” by Meier in iRevloution. http://bit.ly/NUYOqZ
  • OPTIONAL: WEB ARTICLE “Ushahidi and the Long Tail of Mapping for Social Change” by Eaves in TechPresident. http://bit.ly/MUV0aE
  • OPTIONAL: VIDEO: What Went Wrong with Healthcare.gov and How To Fix it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLkF0-8t60c

Deliverables

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Assignments due Wednesday, Nov. 13

Readings

  • WEB ARTICLE: “The Wrong War: The Insistence on Applying Cold War Metaphors to Cybersecurity Is Misplaced and Counterproductive” by Singer in Brookings http://bit.ly/NPivko
  • BOOK: Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom, by MacKinnon (Chapters 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14)
  • BLOG: “The Ecuadorian Library” by Bruce Sterling http://a.nicco.org/15twfYz

Deliverables

  • Blog Post 7: Outline of your final major deliverable

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Assignments due Wednesday, Nov. 6

Readings

  • WEB ARTICLE: “A “Cute” Facebook Revolution”, by Fathy in The Middle East Institute. http://bit.ly/N5Cb10
  • WEB ARTICLE: “A Tunisian-Egyptian Link That Shook Arab History”, by Kirkpatrick and Sanger in The New York Times. http://nyti.ms/M2U1ks
  • BOOK: The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom, by Morozov. (Afterword only) http://scr.bi/N5BPre
  • BLOG: “The #freemona Perfect Storm: Dissent and the Networked Public Sphere” by Tufekci on her Blog. http://bit.ly/NCfBC5
  • VIDEO: “Ethan Zuckerman- Cute Cats and the Arab Spring: When Social Media Meet Social Change”, by Zuckerman. http://bit.ly/M2SZF5

Deliverables

  • Blog Post 6: Politics (The Arab Spring, Wikileaks)