The Socio-Techno Web
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|Office Hours:||Monday 1-2pm, Thursday 10-noon, and by appt|
|Meetings:||TuTh at selected times for 1 hour in TCL 306|
|Labs:||Friday 11-12:15pm TCL 217|
This course introduces many fundamental concepts in computer science
by examining the social aspects of computing. As more and more people
use the technologies and services available via the Internet, online
environments like Facebook, Amazon, Google, Twitter, and blogs are
flourishing. However, several of the problems related to security,
privacy, and trust that exist in the real world transfer and become
amplified in the virtual world created by the ubiquity and
pervasiveness of the Internet. In this course, we will investigate how
the social, technological, and natural worlds are connected, and how
the study of networks sheds light on these connections. Topics include
the structure of the Social Web and networks in general; issues such
as virtual identity, personal and group privacy, trust evaluation and
propagation, and online security; and the technology, economics, and
politics of Web information and online communities. No background in
computer science or programming is required or expected.
Syllabus & Texts
The course syllabus can be found online.
There are three required texts:
Additional readings, audio, and video will be posted to the course website.