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[liberationtech] Suggestions for a course

Paul Bernal p.a.bernal at
Wed Mar 9 22:58:51 PST 2011

You could try looking at some of Mathias Klang's work - his chapters in 'Human Rights in the DIgital Age' (particularly the one on civil disobedience) which he and Andrew Murray edited, or even his thesis 'Disruptive technology : effects of technology regulation on democracy', which you can find online at

I teach a course at the LSE with some overlap with yours - though it has a specifically legal perspective (jt's called 'Information Technology and the Law') and I always keep 5-10 minutes free at the beginning of each class to discuss the developments in the previous week. I didn't do that at first, but over the last year or so things have been happening so fast and in so many different ways that it has really become crucial, as well as something that the students have found particularly interesting.

Good luck!

On 9 Mar 2011, at 23:15, S Vivek wrote:

> 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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