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 CSE P 590TU: Information Technology & Public Policy
 Autumn 2004

Welcome to Information Technology & Public Policy, Autumn 2004
University of Washington CSE P 590TU
UC Berkeley PP 190/290-009
UCSD CSE 291 (C00)

Ed Lazowska, UW Computer Science & Engineering
Steve Maurer, UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy

Lazowska office hours: Mondays, 11-12, CSE 570 / 206-543-4755, or by appointment, or by email
Maurer office hours: Fridays, 9-10, 307 GSPP / 510-848-3593, or by appointment, or by email
Tapan Parikh, UW Computer Science & Engineering, email

Geoff Voelker, UCSD Computer Science & Engineering, email

Thanks to our outstanding tech staff:
Rod Prieto and Fred Videon (UW); Marvin Motley and Arthur Yeap (UC Berkeley); Steve Hopper (UCSD)

This course will introduce various information technology policy issues including the IT innovation ecosystem; Internet governance and use; electronic voting; intellectual property law and economics; technology transfer, intellectual property policies; antitrust; IT workforce issues; computer security and critical infrastructures; privacy and encryption; legislative threats; network markets, interoperability, and standards.

The course is a 4-site distance-learning experiment involving the University of Washington, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, and Microsoft. Lead instructors will be Ed Lazowska (UW Computer Science & Engineering) and Steve Maurer (UCB Goldman School of Public Policy).

The course will meet Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:20 (the UW classroom is CSE 305; the Berkeley classroom is 290 Hearst Mining Building; the Microsoft classroom is 113/1159; the UCSD classroom is AP&M 4301), with two 15-minute breaks at approximately 7:20 and 8:20. The first course session will be Thursday September 30. The final course session will be Thursday December 10. There will be no class on November 11 (Veterans Day) and November 25 (Thanksgiving). There will thus be 9 3-hour course sessions.

Course requirements will include substantial reading, active class participation (to the extent possible given the crufty electronic format), and a substantial term project that is essentially a "balanced policy brief" on some topic related to IT policy.

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You should purchase the text: Readings from this source, and from a number of web-available documents, will be assigned weekly.

Lecture archive


Your project for this course will be a "balanced policy brief" on a topic of your choice related to information technology and public policy. The project will be done in self-selected teams of 4-6. The best way to "scope" what we have in mind is to know that each of the chapters of the Aspray book was a project for a similar course.


The Wiki is our course discussion area, and term project collaboration area.

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