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COMP 402
Senior Seminar: A History of the Russian Internet Fall 2020
Division I
Cross-listed RUSS 401 / COMP 402

Class Details

How did the Russophone Internet (RuNet) start and develop? What were its predecessors? What are the possible trajectories for its future development? How is the cultural history of post-Soviet Russia inscribed in the history of the RuNet? In this course we will trace the history of the Internet in the Russian-speaking world by reading, watching and analyzing materials on such topics as the rise of the Soviet cybernetics, the fate of Russian search engines and social media platforms, RuNet language and counterculture, Russian “troll-factories” and internet censorship, RuNet as a battleground for civil society, and the idea of a “sovereign Internet.” The course will be conducted in Russian.
The Class: Format: seminar; This will be a hybrid course for both in-person and remote students. We will meet twice a week on campus. Students who are remote will participate in class meetings via zoom. The rest of the course components will be delivered online.
Limit: 10
Expected: 5
Class#: 2418
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Participation, weekly viewing and reading responses, vocabulary quizzes, one presentation, final project.
Prerequisites: RUSS 252, or equivalent, or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preferences: graduating seniors
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
RUSS 401 Division I COMP 402 Division I

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