International Affairs & Technology Policy > Syllabus
International Affairs & Technology Policy Syllabus
Dr. Michael L. Best
Office Hours: MW 11:00am – 12noon and by appointment
This is a dynamic syllabus; it is subject to change. Please consult the web for the latest version.
Pool, I. d. S. (1984). Technologies of Freedom. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Mueller, M. L. (2002). Ruling the Root: Internet Governance and the Taming of Cyberspace. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
This class will examine the reciprocal relationship of technology and technology policies, on the one hand, and relations within and between states, on the other. In other words it will study how technology policies are influencing international affairs and, similarly, how international affairs have influenced and determined technology policy. We will discuss technology policy along four critical dimensions: law, norms, the market, and architecture or code. We will argue that technology policy is not just a matter for lawmakers but is also set down by the private sector exercising market interests, society broadly as described by cultural norms, and engineers who imbed policy in their built environment.
Our ultimate goal is for a robust understanding of global Internet governance (IG). We will seek to understand the international issues of IG around matters of security, intellectual property, privacy, infrastructure, technical standards, content, cryptography, authentication, electronic commerce, and related concerns. We will start out, however, with a historical consideration of policies in the United States (primarily) and the desire to reduce public control of communications in an electronic era.
Participation (10%). Students are required to have done all readings, attend class regularly, and engage in discussion and debate. Please come to each class with questions or comments relevant to that day’s readings. I will occasionally take attendance. It is understood and expected that students will miss the occasional class (one or two throughout the term) and there is no need to contact me regarding these couple absences.
Policy brief (15%). Each student will produce an annotated policy brief (800-1,500 words) advocating some position on Internet governance in a selected country.
Term paper (25%). Students will chose some specific concern within our focus areas of global Internet policies (all words broadly construed) and produce a term paper (3,000 – 5,000 words plus bibliography). One-page term paper briefs will be due prior to commencing on the full paper; this is an opportunity for you to “sanity-check “ your term paper thesis.
Final exam (35%). This exam will probe the student’s understanding of class themes, readings, and lectures.
Readings Quizzes (15%). One or more in-class quizzes will examine the student’s grasp of recent readings.
NOTE ON LATE SUBMISSIONS
Incompletes will not be given for this course. All submissions lose half a grade for each day (or fraction) late. Missed in-class quizzes will be marked as zero. Approved absences and late submissions, or required incompletes, will be given appropriate accommodations.
STATEMENT ON ACADEMIC HONESTY
Students in this class are expected to abide by the Georgia Tech Honor Code and avoid any instances of academic misconduct. In particular, plagiarism of any sort, in any writing, will not be tolerated. A useful web resource is: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/wts/plagiarism.html. All students should become familiar with this website and strictly adhere to these proscriptions.
SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS AND READINGS
Aug 18 Four Forms for Technology Policy: Law, Norms, Markets, and Code
Aug 30 Common Carriage
Sep 6 Holiday
Sep 8 Convergence, the Internet, and Policies of Freedom
Sep 13 Guest lecture
Sep 20 History and Architecture of the Internet
Sep 22 Regulability
Sep 27 Code and other regulators
Sep 29 Translation, IPR, and Privacy
Oct 4 Guest lecture
Oct 11 Free speech and sovereignty
Oct 20 WSIS
Oct 25 ICANN
Oct 27 VoIP
Nov 1 WiFi
Nov 3 Europe
Nov 8 Africa
Nov 10 South Asia
Nov 15 East Asia
Nov 17 Open Networks Closed Regimes
Nov 22 ICT4D and Universal Access