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Internet History Technology and Security

Course Summary

What is the Internet? How was it created? How does it work? How do we secure communications on the Internet?

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    Course Syllabus

    Week 1: Introduction to the Course and The Dawn of Electronic Computing (1940-1960)
    Week 2: The First Internet (1960-1990)
    Week 3: The World Wide Web (1990-1995)
    Week 4: Commercialization and Growth (1995-2000)
    Week 5: Internets and Packets
    Week 6: Transports and Security
    Week 7: Networked Applications
    Week 8: Security - Protecting Information
    Week 9: Security - Establishing Identity
    Final Exam

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    Recommended Background

    This course has no prerequisites and there will be no programming. Literally anyone can and everyone should take this course.

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    Course Format

    The class is a combination of video lectures from five to 20 minutes in length interspersed with interviews of Internet pioneers.   The video lectures will have embedded assessments focused on helping students measure their learning.  There will be a home-work-style quiz each week, also focused on helping students measure learning and explore the materials in more depth.  There are several extra credit essays that are optional and there will be a final exam at the end of the course.

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    Suggested Reading

    All required materials will be provided in the course.   Students may find the books Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet by Katie Hafner, Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web by Tim Berners-Lee, and Mark Fischetti,  How the Web was Born: The Story of the World Wide Web by Robert Cailliau as interesting supplemental reading to see different perspectives the history we will cover in the class.  We will develop a reading list of online materials together as the class progresses.

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1 - 4 hours / week

This course is listed under Development & Implementations and Networks & IT Infrastructure Community

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