Social  Spaces on the Internet
Course Syllabus


Note:  Assignments are listed on the day they are due.  Reading critiques should be sent by 8am on the date the assignment is due.



Week 1
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August 28
Social Signals
Introduction
Signals and Cues
Costly Signals
Course Overview
Lecture slides




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August 30
Background
Lecture slides

Assignment

Week 2
T
September 4
Deception
Online Poker
Faces
News


Assignment


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September 6
Design Project Presentations


Week 3
T
September 11
Social News Websites
Slashdot, Reddit, Digg, Top 10 Lists

Assignment


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September 13
Misinformation

Assignment

Week 4
T
September 18
Public Displays and Performance
Social Grooming
Music


Assignment


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September 20
Signals of Status
Hierarchy
Instagram, Klout, Badges, Social Media Quantified Metrics


Assignment

Week 5
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September 25
Reputation, and Trustworthiness
Reputation Systems
Rating Systems

Assignment


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September 27
Trolling and Harassment Online

Assignment

Week 6
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October 2
Recommender Systems, Voting and Opinions

Assignment


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October 4
Design Project Presentations


Week 7
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October 9
Discrimination and Bias Signals

Assignment


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October 11
Anonymity

Assignment

Week 8
T
October 16
Design Project Presentations



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October 18
Sociality and Space


Week 9
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October 23
Mimicry and Alignment



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October 25
Gossip, Diffusion, and Cascades


Week 10
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October 30
"Nudging", The Power of Defaults



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November 1
Design Project Presentations


Week 11
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November 6
Proposal Presentations



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November 8
Proposal Presentations


Week 12
T
November 13
Ethics and Privacy



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November 15
Revised Proposal Submissions


Week 13
T
November 20
No Class - Thanksgiving 



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November 22
No Class - Thanksgiving 


Week 14
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November 27
In Class Studio

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November 29
In Class Studio
Week 15
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December 4
In Class Studio


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December 6
Final Project Presentations

Week 16
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December 11
Final Project Presentations