Tuesday, February 17, 2015

For Wednesday, 2/18

Hi all. I totally blew it for the homework posting – I thought I'd posted links for the "Net Neutrality" project, but I just left it as a draft. My bad. If you've already done work on it based on my verbal review of the material, great, you're ahead of the game – but I'm going to push back the due date, so I can provide a few more helpful links, and give you more time to do proper research. I'll post some links at the tail of this post.


The other thing I requested was that you were prepared to do a short 5-10 minute presentation on an "aspirational" website that's in the same genre as the website you'd like to create (this could be the same one you wireframed), and speaks to five design elements that you think are effective, which you would like to keep in mind for your own site (alternately, if you think the site does something poorly, talk about how that element could be improved). This will give you a list of five design choices to guide you in your initial choices for building out your own site, so you don't have to start with a completely blank page in front of you. Please be ready Wednesday with a site to present, and on this blog, make a post where you link to the site and list out the five design elements.

On Wednesday, you'll also finish up your website header/homepage draft.


This will be the new deadline for a three-page paper, either in defense of, or in opposition to, Net Neutrality. On the 23rd, we'll take some class time for you to share your research with other students on your "team," and we'll have a class debate on the topic. With all of these issues of technology and government, the devil is in the details, and I would like you to get into the particulars in your research. It's not enough to make the case for Net Neutrality – you should also argue why classifying the Internet as a public utility is a good way of protecting Net Neutrality.

On the anti-Net Neutrality side, it would be good to articulate a case for having "fast lanes" on the internet, and how that could potentially make for a better internet overall – but you can also focus on an argument of why classifying the internet as a public utility is not the right method to keep a "free and open" internet.

These links are not comprehensive -please Google further - but they at least give a place to start:

Overview links (everyone should read these):

A summary of the FCC's proposal:


The FCC's own summary:


Daily Dot's take:


Pro-Title II links:



Anti-Title II links:



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