CyberLaw: Harvard Law School Opens to You


Here’s anoth­er free­bie for the intel­lec­tu­al tech junkie. Har­vard Law School is offer­ing this semes­ter an inno­v­a­tive course, CyberOne: Law in the Court of Pub­lic Opin­ion. What it cov­ers is how arguments/debates get played out in the media space cre­at­ed by the Inter­net and oth­er new tech­nolo­gies. And, beyond that, it specif­i­cal­ly focus­es on how the “First World and cor­po­rate dom­i­na­tion of enter­tain­ment media, laws, and news can be bal­anced by the voic­es of indi­vid­u­als, groups and uni­ver­si­ties who use new media intel­li­gent­ly.” To bet­ter exam­ine how dif­fer­ent con­stituen­cies use the Net, the course has been opened not only to law stu­dents, but to dis­tance learn­ers reg­is­tered in Har­vard’s Exten­sion School, and also to every­one who has an inter­net con­nec­tion, or so-called “At-Large” Learn­ers. (This is where you come in, and there’s no cost.) In keep­ing with its tech­no­log­i­cal focus, the course incor­po­rates a range of Inter­net tech­nolo­gies into the teach­ing. Blogs, wikis, Google mes­sage boards, vir­tu­al worlds cre­at­ed by Sec­ond Life  — it’s all part of the exper­i­ment that you might want to look into more close­ly.


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