POLI 580: The Politics of Cyberspace Report a Broken Link

POLI 580: The Politics of Cyberspace explores the emergence of the networked society, the information technology revolution, and the consequences for power, production, and culture as examined by such disciplines as political science, political economy, sociology, and communications. Throughout, the course views new information technologies as contested terrain that facilitates domination and resistance, fear and hope.

Unit 1


Supplementary Readings
See especially Chapters 1-3.
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Unit 2


Supplementary Readings
Dandeker, Christopher.

1990. Surveillance, Power and Modernity. New York: St. Martin's Press.

See Chapters 2 and 6.

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See Part II.
See especially pages 195-230.
Gandy, Oscar, Jr.

1993. The Panoptic Sort: A Political Economy of Personal Information. Boulder: Westview Press.

See Chapters 1-3.

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Giddens, Anthony.

1987. The Nation-State and Violence. Berkeley: University of California Press.

See Chapters 8 and 9.

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See Part I.
Lyon, Davis, and Elia Zureik.

1996. Computers, Surveillance and Privacy. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

See Part I.

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Unit 3


Supplementary Readings

Unit 4


Supplementary Readings
Coriat, Benjamin. 1990. L'Atelier et le robot. Paris: Christian Bourgois Editeur.
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Tuomi, Ilkka. 1999. Corporate Knowledge: Theory and Practice of Intelligent Organizations. Helsinki: Metaxis.
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Unit 5


Supplementary Readings
See readings by Bauman, Deibert, and Held under Unit 3.

Unit 6


Required Readings
Supplementary Readings
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Unit 7


Required Readings
Supplementary Readings
Moghadam, Valentine M. 1990. Revolution En-Gendered: Women and Politics in Iran and Afghanistan. Toronto: York University Press.
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Sreedhar, Sinha, et al. 1997. Taliban and the Afghan Turmoil: The Role of USA, Pakistan, Iran and China. Mumbai: Himalaya Publishing House.
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Unit 8


Required Readings
This site has been linked to information maintained by The UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/.
Supplementary Readings
See the special issue on information technologies and democracy in Communications of the ACM, January 2001.
See especially Chapters 1-3.
This site has been linked to information maintained by Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government at http://ksghome.harvard.edu.
This is an excellent site for students interested in communications, the internet and democracy. Resources online include draft chapters of the book above and the book Democratic Phoenix: Political Activism Worldwide. New York: Cambridge University Press. Also available is a course syllabus, “Internet Design for Democracy.”

This site has been linked to information maintained by Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government at http://ksghome.harvard.edu.

Unit 9


Required Readings
This site has been linked to information maintained by the University of Toronto's Faculty of Information Studies at http://www.fis.utoronto.ca.
Supplementary Readings
Consult materials listed for Unit 8 above, especially the books by Davis, Norris, and Wilhem.

There is an abundance of materials on e-government and e-governance available online including government reports. Please use a good search engine to find the latest sites and reports.
This online publication references a number of other government reports on e-democracy.

This site has been linked to information maintained by the book's authors at http://bowlingtogether.net/.

The Hansard Society has number of very good reports on e-democracy and parliament online.

Unit 10


Required Readings
This site has been linked to information maintained by Sage Journals Online at http://hij.sagepub.com.
Supplementary Readings
Consult materials listed for Unit 9, above.

Unit 11


Supplementary Readings
The websites listed below espouse the use of the internet as a tool on behalf of collective societal goals.
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