- Instructor: Prof. Nicole Immorlica
- Monday (11/11/2013): [slides] science of the web, ranking, voting
- Wednesday (11/13/2013): [slides] web 2.0 and beyond, cumulative advantage, information cascades
- What are the many things Vannevar Bush anticipated as the future of science and technology? Which of them do we currently have?
- Relate Bush's Memex to the world wide web.
- Where does web search (like Google) fit in to the discussion in the readings?
- What is O'Reilly's vision of the "global mind"?
- What are the challenges of making massive amounts of data accessible to intelligent search?
- How has Internet advertising fundamentally changed advertising?
- What is Singer's "echo chamber" and why is it problematic? How could the problems be addressed?
- How is information found: how do you search your social network for experts?
- How is information popularized: what survives, is it the good stuff, and is this good for society?
- How is information distributed: how do you hear about things, which of your friends are more likely to tell you something interesting? Do the majority of interesting news come from your friends or your acquaintances?
Reading and Media
Articles can be obtained individually from their sources below.Monday:
- Vannevar Bush, As We May Think, Sections 1,6-8, The Atlantic, July 1945.
- Tim O'Reilly, The Birth of the Global Mind, Financial Times, September 2011.
- (SKIM) Vannevar Bush, As We May Think, Sections 2-5, The Atlantic, July 1945.
- (SKIM) Procaccia, Computational Social Choice: The First Four Centuries, XRDS, Winter 2011.
- (SKIM) Natasha Singer, The Trouble with the Echo Chamber Online, New York Times, May 2011.
- (SKIM) Internet Advertising: The Ultimate Marketing Machine, The Economist, July 2006.
- Duncan Watts, Is Justin Timberlake a Product of Cumulative Advantage?, New York Times, April 15, 2007.
- Eytan Bakshy, Rethinking Information Diversity in Networks, Facebook Notes, January 2012.
- Jon Kleinberg, Global Information Networks CCC, March 2009.
- (SKIM) Brandom Keim, Sharing Information Corrupts Wisdom of the Crowds, Wired, May 2011.
- (SKIM) Ethan Zuckerman, A Small World After All?, Wilson Quarterly, Spring 2012.