ESD.68J / 6.978J Communications and Information Policy

Spring 2006

Image of patent for phrase - Freedom of Expression.
In 1998, university professor Kembrew McLeod trademarked the phrase "freedom of expression" as a comment on the current state of intellectual property law and the exchange of ideas. His book of the same title has been published under a Creative Commons license. (Image courtesy of Prof. Kembrew McLeod.)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive readings list, complete lecture notes, and examples of team project presentations in the assignments section.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the technology and policy context of public communications networks, through critical discussion of current issues in communications policy and their historical roots. The course focuses on underlying rationales and models for government involvement and the complex dynamics introduced by co-evolving technologies, industry structure, and public policy objectives. Cases drawn from cellular, fixed-line, and Internet applications include evolution of spectrum policy and current proposals for reform; the migration to broadband and implications for universal service policies; and property rights associated with digital content. The course lays a foundation for thesis research in this domain.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .zip.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Dr. David D. Clark
Dr. Frank Field
Sharon E. Gillett, Instructor in charge
Dr. William Lehr

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session