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Information Technology, the Network Society and the Global University's new web site: 

http://worlduniversityandschool.org/InfoTechNetworkSocGlobalUniv.html

 

 

World University and School's new web site: 

http://worlduniversityandschool.org 

 

Information Technology and Society {in a virtual world}

September 1 - December 18, 2015, 11a-1p, SLT/Pacific Time

on Harvard's virtual island in Second Life - http://slurl.com/secondlife/Berkman/114/70/25

and in Google + group video Hangouts

Course homepage - http://socinfotech.pbworks.com


World University and School:

http://worlduniversityandschool.org/

 

Questions? worlduniversityandschool@gmail.com

 

Instructor: Scott MacLeod (not on Harvard's faculty) = Aphilo Aarde (in Second Life)

http://scottmacleod.com/papers.htm

 

 

Welcome to the 'Information Technology and Society' on Harvard's virtual island course web site, a course about how the Network Society has developed, vis-à-vis long-time Berkeley and USC Professor 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/Internet_Studies as well as other WUaS wiki resources.

 

This virtual course is 'placeless.' Lectures and discussions will take place only in the Meeting Area on Harvard's island in the virtual world of Second Life.

 

 

    *Class in Second Life (how to get 'there,' etc.)

        Getting Started in Second Life - Watch this video tutorial.

 

Create a Second Life avatar. Sign up for a Second Life Basic Membership (FREE) and download the software (FREE). You can download the software here. There is no need to pay for anything at any point in the process.

 

To participate in the open, wiki World Univeristy & School http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/World_University of which this class is the first, join: http://groups.google.com/group/World-University-and-School and http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=48753608141.

 

Class participants may add to this wiki to shape the course together.

 

     * Society and Information Technology MacLeod Course Video Lectures

 

 

 

Syllabus

 

 

Week 1 - Information Technology and Society: Introduction

 

In this class we'll discuss some key issues in how the Network Society developed, and get acquainted with an overview of this course in Second Life. In this class we'll first consider five main aspects of information technology-related cultural change, which provide ways to analyze this information technology paradigm shift.  We'll begin by contextualizing the Network Society in relation to these 5 characteristics, as we explore main themes in this course. And, we'll also examine Second Life itself, to see how to get around in it and learn about it, vis-a-vis the Network Society.

 

 

Reading and Media:

 

 

 

Notes from this week's transcript:

http://socinfotech.pbworks.com/InfoTechSoc1_2010FA

 

Past transcripts:

http://socinfotech.pbworks.com/InfoTechSoc1

 

 

(Soc Info Tech Class Transcript Jan 9 2008)

 

 

Week 2 - The Information Technology Revolution: History, Geography, Actors

 

In this class, we'll continue to discuss how the three main bases of the Information Technology Revolution, as well as begin to look at a history of the Internet.

 

Reading and Media:

 

  • Castells, Manuel. "The Rise of the Network Society,” 2 nd edition, Oxford: Blackwell, 2000, chapter 1: "The Information Technology Revolution,” pp. 28- 76. (P. 15 in Reader).
  • MacLeod, Scott. 2007. 1 The Information Technology Revolution - History and Geography. Google Video (43 mins.): http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4491079746692966741#

 

Notes from this week's transcript:

http://socinfotech.pbworks.com/InfoTechSoc2_2010FA

 

Past transcripts:

http://socinfotech.pbworks.com/InfoTechSoc2

 

(Jan 16 2008 Soc and Info Tech course transcript)

 

 

Week 3 - Social History of the Internet

 

In this class, we'll examine the beginning of the Information Technology revolution, focusing the origins of microelectronics, computing, and telecommunications.

 

Reading and Media:

 

 

Notes from this week's transcript:

 

No transcript

 

Past transcripts:

 

http://socinfotech.pbworks.com/InfoTechSoc3

 

 

(Jan 23 2008 Soc and Info Tech class transcript)


 

Week 4 - Social History of the Internet (continued)

 

In this class, we'll look at ways in which the Information Technology revolution changes production.

 

 

Reading and Media:

 

 

 

 

Notes from this week's transcript:

 

 

http://socinfotech.pbworks.com/InfoTechSoc4_2010FA

 

Past transcripts:

 

http://socinfotech.pbworks.com/InfoTechSoc4

 

Jan 30 2008 Soc and Info Tech class transcript

 

Week 5 - History of the Internet - 1950s and 1960s

 

 

In this class, we'll examine specifically the history of the Internet, emerging from the development of microelectronics, computing, and telecommunications.

 

 

Reading and Media:

 

 

Notes from this week's transcript:

 

http://socinfotech.pbworks.com/InfoTechSoc5_2010FA

 

Past transcripts:

 

http://socinfotech.pbworks.com/InfoTechSoc5

 

 

(Feb 6 2008 Soc and Info Tech class transcrit)

 

 

Week 6 - History of the Internet - 1970s and 1980s

 

TCP / IP - Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol, the personal computer

 

 

Notes from this week's transcript:

 

http://socinfotech.pbworks.com/w/page/InfoTechSoc6_2010FA

 

 

Past transcripts:

 

http://socinfotech.pbworks.com/InfoTechSoc6

 

 

(Feb 13 2008 Soc and Info Tech class transcript)

 

 

Week 7 - History of the Internet - 1990s to the present

 

Internet Governance - ICANN; RFC - Request for Comment; Cultures that Gave Rise to the Internet: Technomeritocractic, Hacker, Communitarian, Entrepreneurial

 

 

 

 

Past transcripts:

 

http://socinfotech.pbworks.com/InfoTechSoc7

 

 

Feb 20 2008 Soc and Info Tech class transcript

 

 

Week 8 - The Informational City: Information Technology and Spatial Transformation

 

http://socinfotech.pbworks.com/InfoTechSoc8

 

 

 

Feb 27 2008 Soc and Info Tech class transcript


 

Week 9 - Virtual Worlds

 

http://socinfotech.pbworks.com/InfoTechSoc9

 

 

 

 

Mar 05 2008 Soc and Info Tech class transcript

 

 

Week 10 -Virtual Worlds, Education, Enjoyment vis-a-vis Csikszentmhalyi's 'Flow"

 

http://socinfotech.pbworks.com/InfoTechSoc10

 

 

Avatar Agency, and the city and spatial transformation vis-a-vis the Information Technology Revolution - multi-modal cities

 

Mar 12 2008 Soc and Info Tech class transcript

 

Week 11 - Sociality and Empirical Research on the Internet

 

 

Notes from this week's transcript:

 

 

http://socinfotech.pbworks.com/w/page/InfoTechSoc7_2010FA

 

 

http://socinfotech.pbworks.com/w/page/InfoTechSoc8_2010FA

 

past transcripts:

 

http://socinfotech.pbworks.com/InfoTechSoc11

 

The Informational City: Information Technology and Spatial Transformation (cont.) - Core edge cities

 

Mar 19 2008 Soc and Info Tech class transcript


 

Week 12 -

Sociability, the Internet and Empirical Data in the mid-late 1990s: Communities and Individualization, Social Movements

 

 

Notes from this week's transcript:

 

http://socinfotech.pbworks.com/w/page/32216876/InfoTechSoc9_2010FA

 

 

 

past transcripts:

 

http://socinfotech.pbworks.com/InfoTechSoc12

 

Information technology, International relations, Warfare, and Noopolitik 

 

 

Mar 26 2008 Soc and Info Tech class transcript

 

 

Week 13 - Information technology, International relations, Warfare, and Noopolitik  (cont.)

 

 

 April 2 2008 Soc and Info Tech class transcript


 

 

Week 14 - The New World Disorder: Identity

 


April 9 2008 Soc and Info Tech class transcript

 

 

Stanford Professor Ramesh Johari - The Future of the Internet

 

(iTunes University)

 

 

Week 15 - Identity (cont.), and Challenges Ahead for the Future of the Internet and the Network Society


 

April 16 2008 Soc and Info Tech class transcript

 


 

Week 16 - Digital Divide (Inequality)

 

 

Apr 23 2008 Soc and Info Tech class transcript

 

 

 

 

Week 17 - Digital Divide (cont.), and Anthropology of Virtual Worlds

 

April 30 Soc and Info Tech class transcript


 

Week 18 - Digital Divide (cont.) and Internet Statistics

 


May 7 2008 Soc and Info Tech class transcript

 

 

Week 19 - Digital Divide (cont.)

 

 

 May 14 2008 Soc and Info Tech class transcript

 

 

 Week 20 - The Future of the Internet & Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society's 10th anniversary conference

May 21 2008 Soc and Info Tech class transcript

 

 

 

 

Week 21

 

- Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society's 10th Anniversary

 

-The Future of the Internet - Envisioning a Global, degree-granting, free, open, virtual-world University, with Harvard as a key player

 

 May 28 2008 Soc and Info Tech class transcript

 

 

Week 22

 

- Envisioning a Global, degree-granting, free, open, virtual-world University, with Harvard as a key player (2)

 

June 4 2008 Soc and Info Tech course transcript

 

 

Week 23

 

-Envisioning a Global, degree-granting, free, open, virtual-world University, with Harvard as a key player (3)

 

- Structuring a global, open university

 

 

June 11 2008 Soc and Info Tech class transcript

 

 

Week 24

 

-Envisioning a global, degree-granting, free, open, virtual-world University, with Harvard as a key player (4)

 

 

- Funding and virtual worlds of a global, open university

 

 

June 18 2008 Soc and Info Tech course transcript

 

 

Week 25

 

-Envisioning a Global, degree-granting, free, open, virtual-world University, with Harvard as a key player (5)

 

June 25 2008 Soc and Info Tech class transcript

 

Week 26

 

-Envisioning a Global, degree-granting, free, open, virtual-world University, with Harvard as a key player (6)

 

July 2 2008 Soc and Info Tech class transcript

 

Week 27

 

-Envisioning a Global, degree-granting, free, open, virtual-world University, with Harvard as a key player (7)

 

July 9 2008 Soc and Info Tech class transcript

 

Week 28

 

-Envisioning a Global, degree-granting, free, open, virtual-world University, with Harvard as a key player (7)

 

July 16 2008 Soc and Info Tech class transcript

 

Week 29

 

-Envisioning a Global, degree-granting, free, open, virtual-world University, with Harvard as a key player (7)

 

July 23 2008 Soc and Info Tech class transcript

 

Week 30

 

-Envisioning a Global, degree-granting, free, open, virtual-world University, with Harvard as a key player (7)

 

July 30 2008 Soc and Info Tech class transcript

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Podcast Instructions

 

Instructions for Podcasting

 

 

History of Courses on Berkman Island in Second Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

History of Courses on Berkman island in Second Life

 

 

Bibliographical and Media Resources

 

Bibliographic and Media Resources

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Society and Information Technology in Second Life

Wednesdays, August 29 - December 12 , 2007, 4-6, SLT/PT, 7-9 pm ET

on Berkman 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/papers.htm

 

 

 

 

Week 1 - Information Technology and Society: Introduction

 

In this class we'll discuss some key issues in how the Network Society developed, and get acquainted with an overview of this course in Second Life. In this class we'll first consider five main aspects of information technology-related cultural change, which provide ways to analyze this information technology paradigm shift.  We'll begin by contextualizing the Network Society in relation to these 5 characteristics, as we explore main themes in this course. And, we'll also examine Second Life itself, to see how to get around in it and learn about it, vis-a-vis the Network Society.

 

 

Reading and Media:

 

 

Homework:

 

  • Create a Second Life avatar. Sign up for a Second Life Basic Membership (FREE) and download the software (FREE). You can sign up here. You can download the software here. There is no need to pay for anything at any point in the process.
  • Short writing assignment: Write a 1 page description of what the Internet is, and how you think information technology and the Internet are changing things in your life, and the things you do, as well as more broadly in society.

 

 

 

Aug 29 07 Soc Info Tech in SL transcript

 

 

Week 2 - The Information Technology Revolution: History, Geography, Actors

 

In this class, we'll continue to discuss how the three main bases of the Information Technology Revolution, as well as begin to look at a history of the Internet.

 

Reading and Media:

 


Castells, Manuel. "The Rise of the Network Society,” 2 nd edition, Oxford: Blackwell, 2000, chapter 1: "The Information Technology Revolution,” pp. 28- 76. (P. 15 in Reader).

 

MacLeod, Scott. 2007. 1 The Information Technology Revolution - History and Geography. Google Video (43 mins.):
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4491079746692966741

 

 

Homework:

 

TBA

 

Sep 5 07 Soc and Info Tech in SL transcript

 

Week 3 - Social History of the Internet

 

In this class, we'll examine the beginning of the Information Technology revolution, focusing the origins of microelectronics, computing, and telecommunications.

 

Reading and Media:

 

Abbate, Janet. "Inventing the Internet,” Cambridge: MIT Press, 1999, pages 1-6, 44-81.

 

MacLeod, Scott. 2007. 2 Social History of the Internet. Google Video (32 mins.):
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-620843116698445726

 

MacLeod, Scott. 2007. 3 The Information Revolution and Social Transformations. Posted online: June 24, 2007. Google Video (18 mins.):
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8420437169658839723

 

Homework:

 

TBA

 

Sep 12 2007 Soc and Info Tech class in SL transcript

 

 

Week 4 - Social History of the Internet (continued)

 

In this class, we'll look at ways in which the Information Technology revolution changes production.

 

 

 

Reading and Media:

 

MacLeod, Scott. 2007. 4 Internet History. June 29, 2007. Google Video (48 mins.):
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3214353275146773046

 

 

Homework:

 

TBA

 

Sep 19 2007 Soc and Info Tech in SL class transcript

 

 

Week 5 - History of the Internet - 1950s and 1960s

 

 

In this class, we'll examine specifically the history of the Internet, emerging from the development of microelectronics, computing, and telecommunications.

 

 

Reading and Media:

 

Abbate, Janet. "Inventing the Internet,” Cambridge: MIT Press, 1999, pages 181-220.

 

MacLeod, Scott. 2007. 4 Internet History. June 29, 2007. Google Video (48 mins.):
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3214353275146773046

 

 

Homework:

 

TBA

 

Sep 26 2007 Soc and Info Tech in SL class transcript

 

Week 6 - History of the Internet - 1970s and 1980s

 

TCP / IP - Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol, the personal computer

 

 

 

 

(Oct 3 2007 Soc and Info Tech in SL class transcript)

 

 

Week 7 - History of the Internet - 1990s to the present

 

Tim Berners-Lee, who created the World Wide Web; Browsers; Cultures of the Internet: Technomeritocractic, Hacker, Communitarian, Entrepreneurial

 

Oct 10 2007 Soc and Info Tech course transcript

 

Week 8 - Participated in Harvard Professor Charles Nesson's Burning Man Mock Trial in Second Life

 

This transcript includes the jury's deliberation:

 

Oct 17 2007 Burning Man Mock Trial

 

 

Week 9 - Virtual Communities; The New Media and the Culture of Real Virtuality; Virtual Worlds: Second Life

 

Oct 23 07 Soc and Info Tech class transcript

 

 

 

Week 10 - Sociability, the Internet and Empirical Data in the mid-late 1990s: Communities and Individualization, Social Movements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MacLeod, Scott. 2007. 5 Sociability, the Internet and Empirical Data in the mid-late 1990s: Communities and Individualization. July 3, 2007. Google Video (32 mins.):


http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1643941818365401458

 

 

Oct 31 07 Soc and Info Tech class transcript

 

Week 11 - Social Movements (cont.);  The New Economy: Technology and Productivity, Globalization of Finance

 


 

Notes from this week's transcript:

 

http://socinfotech.pbworks.com/w/page/32539832/InfoTechSoc10_2010FA

 

http://socinfotech.pbworks.com/w/page/InfoTechSoc11_2010FA

 

past transcripts:

 

Nov 6 2007 Soc and Info Tech Class Transcript

 

Hans Rosling: Debunking third-world myths with the best stats you've ever seen:

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/92

 

 

Week 12 - The New Economy: Technology and Productivity, Globalization of Finance (cont.)

 

 

Nov 14 2007 Soc and Info Tech Class Transcript

 

Week 13 - Globalization of Finance (cont.)

 

Nov 21 2007 Soc and Info Tech Class Transcript

 

 

Week 14

 

- Globalization of Finance (cont.)

- The New World Disorder: War and Peace in the Age of the Internet

 

Nov 28 2007 Soc and Info Tech Class Transcript




 

Week 15


- Informational Politics and the Network State

 

Dec 5 07 Soc & Info Tech Class Transcription

 

 

Week 16 - Last class

 

- Informational Politics and the Network State (cont.)

 

- The Future of the Internet and the Network Society

 

Dec 12 07 Soc & Info Tech Class Transcription

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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