Harvard University

Empirical and Mathematical Reasoning 12 and CSCI E-2

Spring Term, 2011

SAME TIME, NEW LOCATION: TT 10-11:30, 1 Story Street, Rm. 306

 

This is the web site of two courses:

Empirical and Mathematical Reasoning 12, a General Education course in Harvard College (email emr12@seas.harvard.edu)

Computer Science E-2, in the Harvard Extension School (email cscie2@seas.harvard.edu)

Announcements:

First reading assingment has been posted below

 

Date
Topic and Resources
Homework

Readings

(B=Blown to Bits, N=Course Notes)

Tu
Jan 25

Information Freedom; the Koans of Bits (pdf)

 

 

Th
27

Representation: How it works and why it matters

   
Tu
Feb 1

Moore's Law and Other Exponentials (pdf)

Problem set 1 (pdf)

Problem set 1 (docx)

B, Ch. 1; N, Ch. 1; Recent Events in Egypt (Tor blog); New Service Lets Voices from Egypt be Heard

Th
3
Entropy (pdf)  

N, Ch. 2

Boston weather, LA weather

Tu
8
Way too much information? (ppt)   B, Ch 2, Morris Computer Worm (1988 video), What is the Internet? (1994 video)
Th
10

WTMI2? (ppt)

Paper 1 due

Fundrace; ppt for Q+A session 2/13

Tu
15

Internet Protocols (ppt)

PS 1 due

Problem Set 2 (docx, pdf; document and image files for #5)

B 73-93, 310-316, N 57-62, Funky but accuratte old video about packet switching

RFC 791, Egypt Leaders Found "Off" Switch for Internet

Th
17

Search (.ppt)

 

N, Ch 3

The Dirty Little Secrets of Search

Tu
22
Historical cryptography (ppt)

 

B, Ch. 5, New Hacking Tools Pose Bigger Threats, Vigenère tool, Free Trove of Music Scores on Web

Th
24
Public Key Cryptography (ppt)

PS 2 due

Paper 2 (docx, doc, rtf)

 

Tu
March 1

Public Key Cryptography II (.ppt)

 

Limits on lending e-books, Man gets out of speeding ticket with phone app, Well-oiled security apparatus in China

Th
3

Midterm

   
Tu
8
Guest: Professor Latanya Sweeney, on de-identification Paper 2 due; Project Proposal available  
Th
10

Internet Speech I (pptx)

PS (docx, pdf, CFR extract) Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition, Michigan town split on child porn charges, Facebook won't budge on breastfeeding, Facebook bans breast cancer survivor's photo
Spring Break
Tu
22

Perfect Bits (pptx), phone monopoly (pptx)

 

N, Ch. 5, NYT Review of Gliek's The Information

Th
24
Copyright (pptx, ppt) PS 3 due

 

B, Ch. 6. News stories: Rapleaf, Google Books settlement; Judge Chin's opinion; Professor Darnton's op-ed

Tu
29

Copyright, continued

Preliminary Project Proposal due

PS4 (doc, docx, pdf)

West censoring East, A girl's nude photo and altered lives, Wisconsin open records law request

Th
31
CDA Section 230 (ppt)   B, Ch. 7. A victim, her picture, and Facebook
Tu
April 5
Analog and Digital (ppt)

 

N 7

Th
7
Analog and Digital II Project proposal due N 8
Tu
12

Wireless and Wiretapping (ppt)

PS 4 due

B 8, Court upholds Facebook settlement with twins, Camera scans of licence plates are reshaping police inquiries, Egypt sentences blogger to 3 years, Bits and Pieces blog

Th
14
Cellular and Geolocation (ppt), Broadcast Regulation (ppt)  

 

Tu
19
Spread Spectrum (ppt) PS5 (docx, pdf) and video Internet poker, Internet sales taxes, Broadway show name
Th
21
Network Neutrality (ppt) Paper 4 due Iphone tracking, cell phone snooping, camera store closing, EU ruling on content filtering
Tu
26

Conclusion (ppt)

PS 5 due

A Clash over the Airwaves

Jobs on tracking

Secure your wireless router

Color app

What Color does

Color at Sweetlife


Th
28
Reading Period
   
Tu
May 3
 
Th
5
Projects Due, 2:00 PM May 5, by email
     
 

Final Exam

TBD