CS 513 - Implications of the Internet

Fall '02

Instructor: Varol Akman
Lectures: Tue 10:40; Thu 10:40, 11:40 (EA502)
Office Hours: Thu 13:40, 14:40


The Internet has become the most valuable information resource available. It provides access to a wealth of information. However, we are only beginning to notice and appreciate the scale of new problems originating from this revolutionary framework. Difficult problems waiting for resolution in the long run include those arising within the realms of privacy, censorship, copyright, commerce, education, etc. Whenever solutions are proposed for these problems conflicts also immediately arise between values -- national vs. global, individual vs. corporate, democratic vs. authoritarian (cf. Stefik).

Another difficult problem posed by the Internet is that it is tricky to foresee the trends in technology that will make the Net of say, the upcoming  decade a very different activity from what we experience today. For example, is adaptive web sites which improve themselves in light of visitor access patterns a feasible idea? How can we learn to build knowledge bases understandable  by computers from the web pages which are normally consumed only by humans? How can we contextualize our queries in order to access the most relevant items in a general search?

This course will thus examine on one side the technical and technological, and on the other side, the social, legal, and economical implications of the Internet. It will be based on readings from recent books and papers written by experts.

Catalog Description

CS 513 Implications of the Internet
Basic concepts and history of the Internet, and origins of the Information Society. Access to information in the networked world. The Internet as a communications medium. Publishing on the Internet. Selling goods and services on the Internet. Entertainment on the Internet. Educational potential of the Internet. Security and privacy issues. Censorship and politics of the Internet. Tensions between local vs. global, individual vs. corporate, and democracy vs. authoritarianism in the context of Internet. Credit Units: 3. Aut (V. Akman)


* You must be a graduate student.
* You should be willing to read, write, and present technical (or even popular) material.
*  Documents and talks should be prepared using professional tools on a computer.
*  Plagiarism and variants will be punished with extreme prejudice.


* Attendance (10%)
* Class presentation (10%) + Short essay (10%)
* Book review (20%) **Can be done in groups of two** due: Jan 3, min length: 3000-4000 words, hardcopy output required
* Term project (20%) [web page design] **Can be done in groups of two** due: Jan 8, no report required (just give me - in hardcopy - the URL of your web page)
* Research paper (30%) **Can be done in groups of two** due: Jan 14, min length: 4000-5000 words, hardcopy output required
Do not forget to state the number of words on the first page of your book reviews & research papers!


* Internet Dreams: Archetypes, Myths, and Metaphors (edited by Mark Stefik)
* The Internet Edge: Social, Technical, and Legal Challenges for a Networked World (by Mark Stefik)
* Inventing the Internet (by Janet Abbate)
* WIRED Columns (by Nicholas Negroponte)
* Cerf's Up (by Vinton Cerf)
* First Monday

The first book in the above list will be used for our class presentations. (Basically, each chapter = a talk.) The second book is more like a text and good for inspiration for term papers. (It features a good bibliography.) The third book is critical to understanding the historical forces contributing to the evolution of the Internet. I suggest that you buy all three books.
Berk Bacakoglu & Boke Bacakoglu
Digital Copyright: Protecting Intellectual Property on the Internet (by Jessica Litman)
Aylin Koca & Sinan Ussakli
The Internet and Society (by James Slevin)
Emre Sahin
Strategic Warfare in Cyberspace (by Gregory J. Rattray)
Caner Ozger & Caglar Evren Ozdemir
The Digital Divide: Facing a Crisis or Creating a Myth? (by Benjamin M. Compaine, ed.)
Eda Alp & Sevcan Bilir
Online Communities: Designing Usability, Supporting Sociability (by Jenny Preece)
Yasemin Satiroglu & Inanc Kahramankaptan
The Ethics of Cyberspace (by Cees J. Hamelink)
Anil Oztuncer & Ismail Burak Erkek
The Internet Galaxy: Reflections on the Internet, Business, and Society (by Manuel Castells)
Yildiz Balaturk & Serkan Bal
Virtual States: The Internet and the Boundaries of the Nation-State (by Jerry Everard)
Duygu Ucar & Emre Keskin
On the Internet (by Hubert Dreyfus)
Burkay Genc & Aytul Catal
Human Rights and the Internet (by Steven Hick, Edward F. Halpin, and Eric Hoskins, eds.)
Ismail Uzun & Armagan Durusal
Computer and Internet Use on Campus (by Constance S. Hawke)
Emin Keles & Caglar Bagci
The Psychology of the Internet (by Patricia M. Wallace)
Umut Kahramankaptan & Funda Durupinar
The Power of the Internet for Learning: Moving from Promise to Practice (by the Web-Based Education Commission of the U.S. Congress)
Seda Babur & Gorken Pamuk
Digital Evidence and Computer Crime: Forensic Science, Computers, and the Internet (by Eoghan Casey)
Serkan Bayraktar & Can Sezer
Release 2.1 (by Esther Dyson) **1998**


(N.B. All presentations from INTERNET DREAMS, unless otherwise indicated)

Armagan Durusal Excerpt from "As We May Think" (by Vannevar Bush) Thu Oct 10th
Ismail Uzun Excerpt from Libraries of the Future (by J. C. R. Licklider) Thu Oct 10th
Umut Kahramankaptan Excerpt from The Digital Library Project, volume 1: The World of Knowbots (by Robert E. Kahn and Vinton G. Cerf) Tue Oct 15th
Funda Durupinar Excerpt from "Communication as the Root of Scientific Progress" (by Joshua Lederberg) Tue Oct 15th
Inanc Kahramankaptan Excerpt from "What is the Role of Libraries in the Information Economy?" (by John Browning) Tue Oct 22nd
Anil Oztuncer Technological Revolutions and the Gutenberg Myth (by Scott D. N. Cook) Tue Oct 22nd
Emin Keles Excerpt from "Libraries are More than Information: Situational Aspects of Electronic Libraries" (by Vicky Reich and Mark Weiser) Thu Oct 31st
Aytul Catal Excerpt from "The Electronic Capture and Dissemination of the Cultural Practice of Tibetan Thangka Painting" (by Ranjit Makkuni) Thu Oct 31st
Boke Bacakoglu Part 1: The Digital Library Metaphor: The I-Way as Publishing and Community Memory (by Mark Stefik) Tue Nov 5th
Burkay Genc Some Consequences of Electronic Groups (by Lee Sproull and Samer Faraj) Tue Nov 5th
Duygu Ucar Netiquette 101 (by Jay Machado) Tue Nov 12th
Caner Ozger Excerpt from "The MPC Adventures: Experiences with the Generation of VLSI Design and Implementation Tools" (by Lynn Conway) Tue Nov 12th
Berk Bacakoglu Excerpt from "Digital Communications and the Conduct of Science: The New Literacy" (by Joshua Lederberg) Tue Nov 19th
Emre Keskin Part 2: The Electronic Mail Metaphor: The I-Way As a Communications Medium Tue Nov 19th
Gorken Pamuk Excerpt from "Electronic Commerce on the Internet" (from the CommerceNet Home Page) Tue Nov 26th
Emre Sahin Excerpt from "Electronic Markets and Electronic Hierarchies" (by Thomas W. Malone, Joanna Yates, and Robert I. Benjamin) Tue Nov 26th
Yasemin Satiroglu Slaves of a New Machine: Exploring the For-Free/For-Pay Conundrum (Laura Fillmore) Tue Dec 3rd
Seda Babur Letting Loose the Light: Igniting Commerce in Electronic Publication (by Mark Stefik) Tue Dec 3rd
Caglar Bagci Part 3: The Electronic Marketplace Metaphor: Selling Goods and Services on the I-Way (by Mark Stefik) Tue Dec 10th
Caglar Evren Ozdemir Excerpt from "Mudding: Social Phenomena in Text-Based Virtual Realities" (by Pavel Curtis) Tue Dec 10th
Yildiz Balaturk A Rape in Cyberspace: How an Evil Clown, a Haitian Trikster Spirit, Two Wizards, and a Cast of Dozens Turned a Database into a Society (by Julian Dibbell) Tue Dec 17th
Serkan Bal Interaction Without Society?: What Avatars Can't Do (by Harry M. Collins) Tue Dec 17th
Eda Alp Excerpt from "Toward Portable Ideas" (by Mark Stefik and John Seely Brown) Tue Dec 24th
Sevcan Bilir The National Collaboratory--A White Paper (by William A. Wulf) Tue Dec 24th
Sinan Ussakli Internet Dreams: First Encounters of an On-line Dream Group (by Barbara Viglizzo) Tue Dec 31st
Ismail Burak Erkek Part 4: The Digital Worlds Metaphor: The I-Way As a Gateway to Experience (by Mark Stefik) Tue Dec 31st
Aylin Koca Epilogue: Choices and Dreams (by Mark Stefik) Thu Jan 2nd
Emre Can Sezer The Digital Wallet and the Copyright Box: The Coming Arms Race in Trusted Systems (by Mark Stefik) [from THE INTERNET EDGE] Thu Jan 2nd
Serkan Bayraktar The Bit and the Pendelum: Balancing the Interests of Stakeholders in Digital Publishing (by Mark Stefik) [from THE INTERNET EDGE] Thu Jan 2nd

Emin Keles & Caglar Bagci Psychological Aspects
Ismail Uzun & Armagan Durusal Internet Use on Campus
Berk Bacakoglu & Boke Bacakoglu Copyright Issues
Umut Kahramankaptan & Funda Durupinar User-Adaptive Education
Serkan Bal & Yildiz Balaturk E-Voting, E-Bidding, E-Citizen
Duygu Ucar & Emre Keskin Philosophical Aspects
Inanc Kahramankaptan & Yasemin Satiroglu E-Learning
Seda Babur & Gorken Pamuk Hacking
Serkan Bayraktar & Can Sezer DES and the Public Debate
Emre Sahin Information Warfare
Burkay Genc & Aytul Catal MUDs
Caner Ozger & Caglar Evren Ozdemir The Digital Divide
Sinan Ussakli & Aylin Koca The Future CS513 Web Site
Anil Oztuncer & Ismail Burak Erkek E-Commerce
Eda Alp & Sevcan Bilir E-Books

Duygu Ucar How the Internet Affects the Social and Emotional Aspects of Human Life
Aylin Koca Online and Offline Living
Eda Alp What Aspects of Privacy are Threatened on the Internet
Caner Ozger & Caglar Evren Ozdemir Can the Digital Divide be Digital Opportunity for Turkey?
Berk Bacakoglu & Boke Bacakoglu Censorship on the Internet
Seda Babur & Gorken Pamuk Can Turkey be an Information Society?
Armagan Durusal & Ismail Uzun Effects of the Internet on the New Generations
Funda Durupinar & Umut Kahramankaptan Safety vs. Liberation in Web-Based Education
Emin Keles & Caglar Bagci How Information Technologies are Being Used in Education in Turkey
Anil Oztuncer & Ismail Burak Erkek Hackers and Crackers: Assessing the Importance of the Threat
Emre Keskin Effects of the Internet on the Structure of Civilized Communities
Sevcan Bilir Intellectual Property Rights for E-Books
Sinan Ussakli XML in Healthcare
Yildiz Balaturk & Serkan Bal Online Voting in Turkey
Yasemin Satiroglu & Inanc Kahramankaptan Online Crime
Serkan Bayraktar & Can Sezer Large Scale Free Software: Threat or Opportunity?
Burkay Genc & Aytul Catal Spam
Emre Sahin E-Deputy (= E-Arzuhalci)