go to UC Berkeley home page go to SIMS home page

Quick links:
General course information (this page)
Formal SIMS course description
Course Outline

CCN: 42736
3 unit(s) 

Information Policy

Yale Braunstein
E-mail: yale(at)sims.berkeley.edu
Office: 203B South Hall
Office hours: Thurs 3:30-4:30 pm & by appt.
Telephone: (510) 642-2235

T-Th 2:00-3:30
107 South Hall 

(Last updated 20 April 2006)

Course Schedule  

Topic / Major Readings
Section (*)
Jan. 19
Introduction to information policy & overview of the course
Jan. 24
The nature of "information policy": what it includes, who makes it, analytical tools used
Jan. 26
International aspects; cultural issues, including "The EU View" 
Jan. 31 - Feb. 2
Digital covergence
  -  Mass media, common carriage, media ownership
  -  Broadband industry structure
  -  Infrastructure & new technologies (VoIP, mobile, etc.)
  -  Access, universal service, interconnection & convergence
  -  Web neutrality

Feb. 7-9
Consumers issues (emphasis on health & medicine information--see below for links)
Feb. 14-16
Intellectual property rights: legal & economic analysis; Coase's Theorem; focus on extensions of IPR, especially database rights (ppt -- 95 kb); zip -- 24KB)
Feb. 21
Intellectual freedom
Feb. 23
No class

Feb. 28
No class

Mar. 2
Access to Information
Mar. 7
Mar. 9
Public vs. private provsion of information; user fees
9, 10
Mar. 14
Information markets, externalities, competition policy 11
Mar. 16
Technical compatibility standards
Mar. 21
Trans-border data flows

Presentations start

Mar. 23
National security (Jeff Kalvass) [also see "The National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace" website]
Mar. 28-30
Spring Break

Apr. 4
Net Neutrality (Sharif Ebrahim)

Apr. 6
Scientiific & Technical Information (Dov Greenbaum)

Apr. 11
EU Information Society (Lori O'Brien)

Apr. 13
SPAM Regulation (Kirsten Chevalier)

Apr. 18
Aspects of Broadband Policy (Katie Lucas; Christina Nigro)

Apr. 20
Voting Machines (Joe Hall)

Apr. 25
RFID (Jeff Decker & Michael Lee)

Apr. 27
The Evolution of Telecommunication and Internet in China (Andy Yuxiao Li)
NOTE: (*) These sections are numbered to match the web version of the course outline.

Additional Links

Case study: Health and medical information on the Internet (updated 2/6/06) The PPT file for this lecture is over 5 MB, but can be downloaded.
It may be easier to download the "zipped" version (also 5 MB).
A short version (with 32 slides) of the Health Information lecture is available at the University of Pittsburgh "Epidemiology, the Internet and Global Health Supercourse" web site.

General Information