CS 114 - The Socio-Techno Web - Fall 2012

aka: Technologies for Communication.

Instructor: P. Takis Metaxas (Office hours: Tuesdays 10:30AM-12:00PM; Fridays 1:30PM-3:30PM)

Lab Instructor: Stella Kakavouli 
(Office hours: Monday 10-12, Thursday 9-11, Friday 11:15-12:30. If none of those times works for you, please make an appointment)

TAs: Karen Su and Mika Asaba (TA hours: TBD)


Welcome to CS114, recipient of the Apgar Award for teaching excellence.

Official Description:
As more and more people use the technologies and services made available from Computer Science, online environments like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Wikipedia, blogs, and open source development communities, have been flourishing. It is becoming clear that problems existing in our real world transfer and get amplified in the virtual world created by the highly interconnected and ubiquitous computing. This course with start by studying the structure of the traditional Web and its recent successor, the Social Web, and will focus on issues of virtual identity, personal and group privacy, trust evaluation and propagation, online security, critical thinking, online propaganda, googlearchy, fraud and manipulation, restricted resources, class differences, self-perception, and decision-making.

The course satisfies the Mathematical Modeling (MM) distribution requirement.

There is a required book for the course: Blown to Bits by Abelson, Leeden and Lewis. In addition to the online copy, you can buy hard copies in bookstores.

We will also read chapters from Tim Berners-Lee's, "Weaving the Web", Clay Shirky's "Here Comes Everyone", and Jon Kleinberg's "Networks, Crowds, Markets", as well as research papers.

Recent Announcements

  • HW5 is now posted See the HW5 description for more information. The form you will need to complete per paper evaluation is here.
    Posted Dec 2, 2012, 8:29 AM by Panagiotis Metaxas
  • Quiz#5 is due this Thursday You can find the last Quiz here.
    Posted Nov 27, 2012, 10:48 AM by Panagiotis Metaxas
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