In recent years, with the rapid growth of the Internet, mobile networks, and related technologies, the United States has become home to a vibrant and multifaceted information society. The rise of the information society has implications for our understanding of free speech, privacy, intellectual property, and other elements of national and international law-making and practices. At the same time as we re-think legal concepts, we must also reflect on the changing nature of individual agency, access to information, and democratic
In seven weekly meetings (2 hours each), this reading group will examine key debates on the information society. Students will read thoughtful and provocative social theories and discuss these in an interactive and lively seminar. The reading group will provide participants with a solid foundation in social theories of the information society, as well as an understanding of how they can be applied to contemporary issues in law and society.