L&I SCI 691: Special Topics in Information Science: Search Engine Society (syllabus)
Search engines have become the center of gravity of our contemporary information society, providing a powerful interface for accessing the vast amount of information available on the World Wide Web and beyond. The audacious mission of Google, for example, is “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” Attaining such a goal necessarily results in significant changes to the ways in which information is created, stored, retrieved, and used. This course will critically examine the nature of search engines and their role in our information society, and reveal the unique challenges they bring to bear on information institutions, information policy, and information ethics.
- Battelle, J. (2005). The search: How Google and its rivals rewrote the rules of business and transformed our culture. New York: Portfolio. [selected chapters]
- Halavais, A. (2008). Search Engine Society. Cambridge: Polity. ISBN: 978-0-7456-4215-4
- Grimmelmann, J. (2009). The Google Dilemma. New York Law School Law Review, 53
- Hoofnagle, C. (2009). Beyond Google and evil: How policy makers, journalists and consumers should talk differently about Google and privacy. First Monday, 14(4).
- Pasquale, F., & Bracha, O. (2007). Federal Search Commission? Access, Fairness and Accountability in the Law of Search. U of Texas Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 123
- Samuelson, P. (2009). The Dead Souls of the Google Book Search Settlement, Communications of the ACM, 52(7), 28-30
- Spink, A., & Zimmer, M. (Eds.). (2008). Web Search: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. [selected chapters]
- Vaidhyanathan, S. (2007). The Googlization of Everything and the Future of Copyright. University of California Davis Law Review, 40(3), 1207-1231.
- Zimmer, M. (2008). Privacy on Planet Google: Using the Theory of “Contextual Integrity” to Clarify the Privacy Threats of Google’s Quest for the Perfect Search Engine. Journal of Business & Technology Law, 3(1), 109-126.
L&I SCI 960: Doctoral Seminar: Information Policy (syllabus)
This is a doctoral level seminar in information policy. This seminar will examine the conceptual, institutional, and practical foundations of information policy, law, and ethics. The course explores some of the key paradigms, principles, and forces (privacy, political economy, intellectual property, borders, access, code, protocols, networks) that have both shaped – and are shaped by – information policy. Particular attention will be paid to the relationship between information infrastructure and information policy, as well as the exploration of these issues through transnational and intercultural lenses.
The course will also strive to hone students’ skills as young scholars in information policy, including the drafting of brief research statements, writing of public scholarship, and comparative analysis of policy perspectives.
- Benkler, Y. (2006). The wealth of networks: How social production transforms markets and freedom. New Haven: Yale University Press.
- Bennett, C. J., & Raab, C. D. (2006). The governance of privacy: Policy instruments in global perspective. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press
- Braman, S. (2009). Change of State: Information, Policy, and Power. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press
- DeNardis, L. (2009). Protocol politics: the globalization of Internet governance. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press
- Galloway, A. (2004). Protocol: How control exists after decentralization. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press
- Lessig, L. (2006). Code: Version 2.0. New York: Basic Books.
- Nissenbaum, H. (2009). Privacy in context: Technology, policy, and the integrity of social life. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press
- Noronha, F., & Malcolm, J. (Eds.). (2010). Access to knowledge: A guide for everyone. Kuala Lumpur: Consumers International
- Vaidhyanathan, S. (2001). Copyrights and copywrongs: The rise of intellectual property and how it threatens creativity. New York: New York University Press.
- Zittrain, J. (2008). The future of the Internet and how to stop it. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
Along with these new courses, I’ve been named the official (no longer interim) director of SOIS’s undergraduate program, the (newly-renamed) B.S. in Information Science and Technology. I’m very excited about the challenge of running this degree program, and look forward to working with my colleagues — and our students — to help the program meet its full potential.