Readings (Preliminary)

There are no required texts to purchase. Most of the readings for the course can be obtained over the Internet (in many cases, that's the only way); the reading list has the links embedded. In many cases, the file is stored in a compressed or special graphics format. With luck, the workstation you are using is set up to automatically display each type of file. If not, see the "Helper Apps for Viewing Files" section of the Net Resources page for this class.

Part of what you will be learning in this course is how to effectively use the Web to get on top of current policy issues.  With current issues, many valuable materials are not available in print.  On the other hand, you should not become too Web-dependent: many valuable materials never make it to the Web. There is also some risk in relying so heavily on the network: occasionally links will go down, or directory structures may change and files seemingly "disappear".  If you have trouble getting a reading, try again a little while later. Try exploring a bit around the server where the document is supposed to be located. Ask your classmates if they got a copy. Search for alternative materials. If you do find any changes in the location addresses (URL's) for materials, please notify me!

Required materials that are not on the Web will be found on reserve.  "Further starting points" materials you have to dig up yourself, via Web or otherwise.

Here is a directory of engineering reference materials available on the net (try the "subject directory"). This is a good place to start searching for additional technical information. And here is The McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, available only to the UM campus community, with over 7000 articles on technical topics.

  1. Introduction to Information Policy Issues
  2. Technologies and Network Architecture
  3. Allocating public information resources A view of the future?
  4. Monopoly Leveraging: Gates forever?
  5. Internet governance: Who's in charge here?
  6. Individual in cyber society
  7. Free speech,  censorship, pornography and all that
  8. Copyright and intellectual property protection
  9. Electronic FOIA: Public records and private information
  10. Local vs. long distance competition
  11. Internet telephony: revolution or aberration?
  12. Universal access ? cross-subsidy
  13. Info war and security
  14. Cryptography and trade policy
  15. Computational markets; digital libraries
  16. Pricing information goods, electronic publishing
  17. Content Provision
  18. Electronic commerce and digital money
  19. National Information Infrastructure: What role for government?
  20. Characteristics of Information Networks -- Overview
  21. Technologies
  22. A geodesic network?
  23. Interconnection
  24. Standards & Innovation
  25. Appropriate and Inappropriate Network Use
  26. Service Architecture Issues
  27. Software patents
  28. Year 2000
  29. Who owns personal information?
  30. Children's TV
  31. Cable TV pricing and competition



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