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[liberationtech] Suggestions for a course

A. Ross Johnson arjohnson at
Wed Mar 9 18:44:47 PST 2011

As one case, "jamming"  was widely used during the Cold War, and before and
after,  by repressive regimes to block international radio broadcasts.  A
good overview is George Woodard's chapter,  "Cold War Jamming" in Johnson
and Parta, eds., Cold War Broadcasting; Impact on the Soviet Union and
Eastern Europe.  A Collection of Studies and Documents (CEU Press, 2010),
pp. 51-66.
Audio samples of  different kinds of jamming, along with other information,
may be found at, a site created by Rimantas Pleikys of
Lithuania, perhaps the leading authority on radio jamming.  Hoover Archives
has a 1976 recording made in Prague of jamming of the RFE Czechoslovak
Best regards,  
A Ross Johnson
Hoover Institution and Woodrow Wilson Center 
From: liberationtech-bounces at
[mailto:liberationtech-bounces at] On Behalf Of S Vivek
Sent: Wednesday, March 09, 2011 6:15 PM
To: liberationtech at
Subject: [liberationtech] Suggestions for a course
Hello all,
I recently joined Stanford University and I will be teaching a course with
Prof. Larry Diamond here shortly.  My course is entitled "Internet, public
action and development" and I will be dealing with a variety of ways in
which the Net can potentially enable/curtail/influence public action.  In
order to put things in perspective, I wish to provide students with
interesting news articles on radio, telephone an other communication
technologies at a time they were being developed.  The idea is to reflect
today's themes such as the internet being open, various forms of struggle to
control communication systems, etc.  I wanted to ask you all if there are
pieces that you found striking that I should recommend to my students.  It
would be a great pedagogical tool, and I would appreciate any suggestions
that you may have.  
Thank you,
Warm regards
S Vivek 
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