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Internet and Society: The Technologies and Politics of Control (2002)
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This course examines current legal, political, and technical struggles for control/ownership of ...

This course examines current legal, political, and technical struggles for control/ownership of the global Internet and its content. The course will draw upon a growing body of cyberlaw cases and commentary, class members' research, and participation by invited guests, including lobbyists, politicians, journalists, and scholars from the HLS faculty and elsewhere. Course themes include the interaction between emerging Internet self-governance regimes and rule by traditional sovereigns; the expression of conflicting interests of commercial and individual Internet speakers/broadcasters; new modes of control over widely distributed intellectual property ("privication"); and the potential for market giants and other architects of Internet technologies to constrain behavior online in ways governments find difficult to assimilate. Classroom discussion of these topics will be augmented by online discussion software through which students will have one-on-one exchanges about issues in the course. There are no technical or substantive prerequisites, but students should be prepared to use and experiment with new technologies as part of their coursework and participation. An extra tech review session-both for use of the Internet adjunct to the class, and to help understand the technology underlying the substantive policy issues-will be scheduled to go over some architectural basics of the Net. This will be a 3-credit course (2 classroom credits + 1 non-classroom credit). This reflects an Internet-driven "question exchange" that will be a weekly part of the course assignments, plus a 15-page paper due at the end of the course. The course's 3 credits alone do not satisfy the Written Work Requirement but additional credit for the Written Work Requirement may be available. Students interested in writing their third-year paper in conjunction with this course should contact the instructor. The course may occasionally meet contemporaneously with MIT's "Ethics and Law on the Electronic Frontier." Such meetings will be during the course's regular time slot, but may meet in Ames Courtroom or on the MIT campus.

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Law
General Law
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Harvard University
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Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard law School
Author:
Jonathan, Zittrain
Internet and Society: The Technologies and Politics of Control (2003)
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This course examines current legal, political, and technical struggles for control/ownership of ...

This course examines current legal, political, and technical struggles for control/ownership of the global Internet and its content. The course will draw upon a growing body of cyberlaw cases and commentary, class members' research, and participation by invited guests, including lobbyists, politicians, journalists, and scholars from the HLS faculty and elsewhere. Course themes include the interaction between emerging Internet self-governance regimes and rule by traditional sovereigns; the expression of conflicting interests of commercial and individual Internet speakers/broadcasters; new modes of control over widely distributed intellectual property ("privication"); and the potential for market giants and other architects of Internet technologies to constrain behavior online in ways governments find difficult to assimilate. There are no technical or substantive prerequisites, but students should be prepared to use and experiment with new technologies as part of their coursework and participation. This will be a 3-credit course (2 classroom credits + 1 non-classroom credit). Students interested in writing their third-year paper in conjunction with this course should contact the instructor.

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Law
General Law
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Harvard University
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Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard law School
Author:
Jonathan, Zittrain
Abstract Algebra
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Algebra is the language of modern mathematics. This course introduces students to ...

Algebra is the language of modern mathematics. This course introduces students to that language through a study of groups, group actions, vector spaces, linear algebra, and the theory of fields.

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Algebra
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Harvard University
Provider Set:
Harvard Extension School
Author:
Benedict Gross
Advanced Calculus
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Some of the topics that this book addresses are: Vector spaces; finite-dimensional ...

Some of the topics that this book addresses are: Vector spaces; finite-dimensional vector spaces; differential calculus; compactness and completeness; scalar product space; differential equations; multilenear functionals; integration; differentiable manifolds; integral calculus on manifolds; exterior calculus.

Note: this is a 57 MB PDF Document.

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Calculus
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Textbook
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Harvard University
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Individual Authors
Author:
Sternberg Shlomo and Lynn Loomis
China: Traditions and Transformations
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Modern China presents a dual image: a society transforming itself through economic ...

Modern China presents a dual image: a society transforming itself through economic development and social revolution; and the world’s largest and oldest bureaucratic state, coping with longstanding problems of economic and political management. Both images bear the indelible imprint of China’s historical experience, of its patterns of philosophy and religion, and of its social and political thought.

In this free Chinese studies online course, these themes are discussed to understand China in the modern world and as a great world civilization that developed along lines different from those of the Mediterranean.

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Arts and Humanities
World Cultures
World History
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Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Lecture
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Harvard University
Provider Set:
Harvard Extension School
Author:
Peter K. Bol and William C. Kirby
Counsel to the Internet Client: Practical Advice, Strategy and Litigation
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This semester, we will explore the nuts and bolts of advising and ...

This semester, we will explore the nuts and bolts of advising and defending Internet-related businesses, organizations and individuals. With the help of practicing cyberlawyers and other outside participants, we will delve into some of the most contested issues involving intellectual property, speech, and privacy on the Net, and the means by which courts and legislatures are asked to take sides and, at times, affect the course of the Internet's evolution.

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Harvard University
Provider Set:
Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard law School
Author:
Charles, Nesson
Jonathan, Zittrain
DoHistory
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This site invites you to explore the process of piecing together the ...

This site invites you to explore the process of piecing together the lives of ordinary people in the past. It is an experimental, interactive case study based on the research that went into the book and film A Midwife’s Tale, both based upon the remarkable diary of 18th-century midwife/healer Martha Ballard. Although DoHistory is centered on the life of Martha Ballard, you can learn basic skills and techniques for interpreting fragments that survive from any period in history.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
Women's Studies
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Reading
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George Mason University
Harvard University
Provider Set:
Center for History and New Media
Film Study Center
Dynamical Systems
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This book addresses the following topics: Iterations and fixed points; bifurcations; conjugacy; ...

This book addresses the following topics: Iterations and fixed points; bifurcations; conjugacy; space and time averages; the contraction fixed point theorem; Hutchinson's theorem and fractal images; hyperbolicity; and symbolic dynamics. 151 page pdf file.

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Provider:
Harvard University
Provider Set:
Harvard University Mathematics Department
Author:
Shlomo Sternberg
Exposing Digital Photography
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Photography has exploded in recent years as digital cameras have become affordable ...

Photography has exploded in recent years as digital cameras have become affordable and easier to use. There are many courses that teach students the artistic aspect of "how to become a better photographer" or "how to improve your eye," but this is not one of them. Instead, students—from one-time users to professionals—become better photographers through an understanding of the technical aspects and terms of a digital camera. Learn why photos look blurry at night, why color management is important, what the difference between sports mode and portrait mode on the camera's dial is, and how to manipulate the camera without the need of these modes in the first place. Topics include exposure and metering, flash, dynamic range, CMOS and CCD sensors, color filter arrays, RAW versus JPEG formats, color spaces and profiles, editing photos with Photoshop, and optical and computational artifacts. Through lectures and hands-on assignments, students understand the jargon and compromises of digital photography that ultimately expose the workings of digital cameras. You are not required to own a digital camera, but if you do, one with a manual mode and an option for RAW is recommended.

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Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts
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Full Course
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Provider:
Harvard University
Provider Set:
Harvard Extension School
Author:
Dan Armendariz
The Hero in Ancient Greek Civilization
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The true “hero” of this ancient Greek literature course is the logos, ...

The true “hero” of this ancient Greek literature course is the logos, or word, of logical reasoning, as activated by Socratic dialogue. The logos of dialogue requires careful thinking, realized in close reading and reflective writing. The last “word” read in the course comes from Plato’s memories of the last days of Socrates. These memories depend on a thorough understanding of concepts of the hero in all their varieties throughout the history of Greek civilization and beyond. This course is driven by a sequence of dialogues that lead to such an understanding, guiding the attentive reader through some of the major works of the ancient Greek classics, from Homer to Plato.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
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Provider:
Harvard University
Provider Set:
Harvard Extension School
Author:
Gregory Nagy and Kevin McGrath
Intensive Introduction to Computer Science
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This free online computer science course is an introduction to the intellectual ...

This free online computer science course is an introduction to the intellectual enterprises of computer science. Topics include algorithms (their design, implementation, and analysis); software development (abstraction, encapsulation, data structures, debugging, and testing); architecture of computers (low-level data representation and instruction processing); computer systems (programming languages, compilers, operating systems, and databases); and computers in the real world (networks, websites, security, forensics, and cryptography). The course teaches students how to think more carefully and how to solve problems more effectively. Problem sets involve extensive programming in C as well as PHP and JavaScript.

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Computer Science
Information Science
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Harvard University
Provider Set:
Harvard Extension School
Author:
David J. Malan
Internet and Society
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This course examines current legal, political, and technical struggles for control/ownership of ...

This course examines current legal, political, and technical struggles for control/ownership of the global Internet and its content. The course will draw upon a growing body of cyberlaw cases and commentary, class members' research, and participation by invited guests, including lobbyists, politicians, journalists, and scholars from the HLS faculty and elsewhere. Course themes include the interaction between emerging Internet self-governance regimes and rule by traditional sovereigns; the expression of conflicting interests of commercial and individual Internet speakers/broadcasters; new modes of control over widely distributed intellectual property ("privication"); and the potential for market giants and other architects of Internet technologies to constrain behavior online in ways governments find difficult to assimilate. Classroom discussion of these topics will be augmented by online discussion software through which students will have one-on-one exchanges about issues in the course. No specialized technical expertise or prerequisite required, but students should be prepared to use and experiment with new technologies as part of their coursework and participation.

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Law
General Law
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Harvard University
Provider Set:
Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard law School
Author:
Jonathan, Zittrain
Introduction to Computer Science I
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Computer Science 50: Introduction to Computer Science I is a first course ...

Computer Science 50: Introduction to Computer Science I is a first course in computer science at Harvard College for concentrators and non-concentrators alike. More than just teach you how to program, this course teaches you how to think more methodically and how to solve problems more effectively. As such, its lessons are applicable well beyond the boundaries of computer science itself. That the course does teach you how to program, though, is perhaps its most empowering return. With this skill comes the ability to solve real-world problems in ways and at speeds beyond the abilities of most humans.

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Computer Science
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Harvard University
Author:
David Malan
The Law of the Internet
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The Internet is at once a constructive and disruptive technology. As more ...

The Internet is at once a constructive and disruptive technology. As more and more of our lives move online, we are faced with opportunities to do new and amazing things. Concurrently, we encounter problems that no one anticipated as we collectively built the internet as we know it today. This seminar will consider some of the most intriguing of the issues to which the advent of the internet has given and continues to give rise. It will focus on a cluster of topics about which any computer user likely knows a good deal already: spam, spyware, peer-to-peer file sharing, personal privacy, and e-commerce. It will also venture into a few issues-like blogging, RSS (Really Simple Syndication), social software, and internet filtering-that may be less familiar. The internet and the practice of law are both increasingly global in nature, so the seminar will take special care to delve into basic topics in international law. A specific series of laws, regulations and policies related to online activities continues to evolve. In particular, the seminar will focus on the law of intellectual property related to the Internet-whether the IP relates to code, commercial data, music or other content-which has broad and complex application for anyone using the internet in the current multi-jurisdictional world. We'll consider who makes the laws in an environment that crosses national borders by its very nature and where enforcement is an extremely tricky matter. We will imagine what these new technologies might do to culture in the United States and to other cultures throughout the world, particularly those in developing countries. Participants should be willing to experiment with new information technologies in a learning environment.

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Law
General Law
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Harvard University
Provider Set:
Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard law School
Author:
John Palfrey
Lie Algebras
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This book addresses the following topics: The Campbell Baker Hausdor formula; sl(2) ...

This book addresses the following topics: The Campbell Baker Hausdor formula; sl(2) and its Representations; classical simple algebras; Engel-Lie-Cartan-Weyl; conjugacy of Cartan subalgebras; simple finite dimensional algebras; cyclic highest weight modules; Serre's theorem; Clifford algebras and spin representations; The Kostant Dirac operator; The center of U(g); and Chevalley's theorem.

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Algebra
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Harvard University
Provider Set:
Harvard University Mathematics Department
Author:
Shlomo Sternberg
The Microsoft Case
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Professors Lessig and Zittrain will teach a research seminar on the Microsoft ...

Professors Lessig and Zittrain will teach a research seminar on the Microsoft case. The seminar will meet at least once a week, beginning the week of 9/21. It will review the proceedings leading up to the present antitrust action, and then shadow the current trial. We will collect transcripts from the case, which will be assigned each week, as well as other readings to be determined. In addition to the ultimate question of liability, we will consider whether there are special issues that cyberspace raises for antitrust. The most significant requirement of the course will be classroom participation; a short paper at the end will be required.

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Law
General Law
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Full Course
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Provider:
Harvard University
Provider Set:
Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard law School
Author:
Jonathan, Zittrain
Lawrence, Lessig
River City Project
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As visitors to River City, students travel back in time, bringing their ...

As visitors to River City, students travel back in time, bringing their 21st century skills and technology to address 19th century problems. With funding from the National Science Foundation, we have developed an interactive computer simulation for middle grades science students to learn scientific inquiry and 21st century skills. River City has the look and feel of a video game but contains content developed from National Science Education Standards, National Educational Technology Standards, and 21st Century Skills. All middle grades (6-9) teachers in North America are invited to participate in the River City Project.

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Biology
Material Type:
Game
Provider:
Active Worlds
Arizona State University
Harvard University
Semi-Riemann Geometry and General Relativity
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This book represents course notes for a one semester course at the ...

This book represents course notes for a one semester course at the undergraduate level giving an introduction to Riemannian geometry and its principal physical application, Einstein’s theory of general relativity. The background assumed is a good grounding in linear algebra and in advanced calculus, preferably in the language of differential forms.

This book covers the following topics: The principal curvatures; rules of calculus; Levi-Civita Connections; bundle of frames; connections on principal bundles; Gauss's lemma; special relativity; Die Grundlagen der Physik; submersions; Petrov types; and Star.

Subject:
Calculus
Geometry
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Harvard University
Provider Set:
Harvard University Mathematics Department
Author:
Shlomo Sternberg
Sets, Counting, and Probability
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This online math course develops the mathematics needed to formulate and analyze ...

This online math course develops the mathematics needed to formulate and analyze probability models for idealized situations drawn from everyday life. Topics include elementary set theory, techniques for systematic counting, axioms for probability, conditional probability, discrete random variables, infinite geometric series, and random walks. Applications to card games like bridge and poker, to gambling, to sports, to election results, and to inference in fields like history and genealogy, national security, and theology. The emphasis is on careful application of basic principles rather than on memorizing and using formulas.

Subject:
Numbers and Operations
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Homework/Assignment
Lecture
Reading
Provider:
Harvard University
Provider Set:
Harvard Extension School
Author:
Paul G. Bamberg