Cyberlaw: From technopeasant to l33t

Over the course of four two-hour sessions we will seek to place thinking about the future of technology into context by drawing upon fictional and non-fictional works that bear upon the internet, its culture and technology. These are the readings which rarely if ever fit into a law and technology syllabus, but which might inspire us to think about the big picture before immersing in the doctrine.

Here are the readings being discussed this semester:

Thursday, September 15th, 2011
Day One: The Past – how did we end up here? (31 pages, plus maps)

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011
Ourselves, Online (79 pages)

  • Neal Stephenson. Snow Crash, (New York: Bantam Books, 1992), 35-44.
  • Edward Castronova. “Virtual Worlds: A First-Hand Account of Market and Society on the Cyberian Frontier” CESifo Working Paper Series No. 618. (2001). (39 pages)
  • Nicolas Ducheneaut, Ming-Hui “Don” Wen, Nicholas Yee, Greg Wadley. “Body and Mind: A Study of Avatar Personalization in Three Virtual Worlds.” CHI 2009. (10 pages)
  • Kee Hinkley. “On Pseudonymity, Privacy and Responsibility on Google+.” TechnoSocial. Published July 27th, 2011.  (21 pages)

Monday, October 17th, 2011
Are Games the Future? (And will we even notice a change?) (21 pages + 30 minute talk)

Monday, November 28th, 2011
The Future and the Crowd: (76 pages)

  • Ernest Cline. Ready Player One. (New York: Crown, 2011), 1-36.
  • John C. Tang, Manuel Cebrian, Nicklaus A. Giacobe, Hyun-Woo Kim, Taemie Kim, and Douglas “Beaker” Wickert. “Reflecting on the DARPA Red Balloon Challenge”, Communications of the ACM 54 (4). (2011).
  • Jonathan Zittrain. COG. Publication forthcoming. 1-5.
  • Charles Stross. Rule 34 (New York: Ace, 2011), 153-157.
  • Charles Stross. “USENIX 2011 Keynote: Network Security in the Medium Term, 2061 – 2561 AD.” Charlie’s Diary.