Instructor: Joan Feigenbaum
Course title: E-Commerce: Doing Business on the Internet
Time: TTh 1-2:15
Office Hours: AKW 512, Tues 2:30-3:30, Thurs 11-12
Prof. Feigenbaum's Assistant: Judi Paige (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Phone: 432-1229, Room: AKW 509
TA: Charles Chiou (email: email@example.com)
Office Hours: Mon 4:00-5:00, Wed 1:00-2:00
Phone: 432-1266, Room: AKW 301
TA: Sheng Zhong (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Office Hours: Thur 2:30 - 3:30, Fri 1:00 - 2:00
Phone: 432-4091, Room: AKW 514
Brief Description: Introduction to Electronic Commerce. Emphasis on Internet business. Underlying technological developments. Business models. Legal, social, and political implications.
Expanded Description: Computers, communication networks, and a wide variety of newer, rapidly developing technologies are an increasingly important part of the ways in which individuals, companies and organizations of all kinds conduct business. These technological changes present challenges that must be faced not only by techologists but also by lawyers, policy-makers, economists, entrepreneurs, ethicists, and many other stakeholders. Potential topics to be addressed from both technical and non-technical points of view include but are not limited to: information ownership; online privacy rights; intellectual property, digital copyright, and fair use; monopoly, monopsony, and antitrust. Students at all levels of technological expertise and inclination may take the course; projects and assignments will be designed to ensure appropriate choices for students with a wide range of backgrounds.
Prerequisites: No formal course pre-requisites other than computer literacy and Internet literacy. Non-science-majors are welcome.
Course requirements: Homework assignments, two hour exams, and a final paper or project on a topic of the student's choice. No final exam.
(1) The Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property in the Information Age, National Research Council, 2000, R. David (ed.)
(2) Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Networked Economy, Shapiro and Varian, 1998, Harvard Business School Press, Boston.
(3) A modest number of relevant, current articles and web sites.
Possible Topics For Final Paper or Project
Lecture Notes - January 9, 2001 (PowerPoint format, pdf format)
Reading assignment for January 11, 2001:
Executive Summary and Chapter 1 of The Digital Dilemma.
Chapter 1 of Information Rules.
Lecture Notes - January 11, 2001 (PowerPoint format, pdf format)
Reading assignment for January 16, 2001:
Appendix C of The Digital Dilemma.
"Rethinking the Design of the Internet: The end-to-end arguments vs. the brave new world" (Clark & Blumenthal)
Optional: Some of the other articles on http://www.sobco.com/e.132/reading/arch.html
Homework Assignment 1 - due January 23, 2001
Solutions to Homework Assignment 1
Lecture Notes - January 16, 2001 (PowerPoint format, pdf format)
Reading assignment for January 18, 2001:
Chapters 2, 3, and 5 of Information Rules.
Lecture Notes - January 18, 2001 (PowerPoint format, pdf format)
Homework Assignment 2 - due February 1, 2001
Solutions to Homework Assignment 2
Lecture Notes - January 23, 2001 (PowerPoint format, pdf format)
Reading assignment for January 25 and 30, 2001:
Appendix E of The Digital Dilemma.
Lecture Notes - January 25, 2001 (PowerPoint format, pdf format)
Lecture Notes - January 30, 2001 (PowerPoint format, pdf format)
Reading assignment for February 1 and 6, 2001:
Chapters 4 and 5 of The Digital Dilemma.
Optional: Chapter 4 of Information Rules. Three articles about "trusted systems" and digital copyright:
"Shifting the Possible," by Mark Stefik.
"Trusted Systems," by Mark Stefik.
"Letting Loose the Light," by Mark Stefik.
Lecture Notes - February 1, 2001 (PowerPoint format, pdf format)
Lecture Notes - February 6, 2001 (PowerPoint format, pdf format)
Hour Exam 1 - February 8, 2001
Solutions to Hour Exam 1
Reading assignment for February 13, 2001:
C. Mann, "The Heavenly Jukebox."
Appendix G of The Digital Dilemma.
Reading assignment for February 15 and 20, 2001:
Chapter 6 of The Digital Dilemma.
Benkler and Lessig's Amici Brief in MPAA v. 2600
Lecture Notes - February 13, 2001 (PowerPoint format, pdf format)
Lecture Notes - February 15, 2001 (PowerPoint format, pdf format)
February 20, 2001: Guest lecture by Ernest Miller, Resident Fellow,
Information Society Project, Yale Law School
Short bio: Ernest enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1986, graduated with honors from the US Naval Academy in 1992 and served five years as a naval officer in Asia before attending Yale Law School. He interned for the Center for Democracy and Techology and the Department of Justice. As a fellow of the Information Society Project, he writes on cyberlaw policy issues and assists the Electronic Frontier Foundation in cyber civil liberties litigation.Reading assignment for February 26, 2001:
Homework Assignment 3 - due March 1, 2001
Solutions to Homework Assignment 3
Lecture Notes - February 22, 2001 (PowerPoint format, pdf format)
Lecture Notes - February 27, 2001 (PowerPoint format, pdf format)
Lecture Notes - March 1, 2001 (PowerPoint format, pdf format)
Reading assignment for the week of March 19, 2001:
How XML Enables Internet Trading Communities and Marketplaces by Robert Glushko
Entering the 21st Century: Competition Policy in the World of B2B Electronic Marketplaces
Executive Summary, Chapters 1 and 2: Required
Chapter 3: Optional
Lecture Notes - March 20, 2001 (PowerPoint format, pdf format)
Homework Assignment 4 - Due March 27, 2001
Solutions to Homework Assignment 4
Examples of Document Type Definitions in XML
March 22, 2001: Guest lecture by Robert Glushko of CommerceOne
Abstract: XML as the
Foundation for eMarketplaces and Market-to-Market Interoperability
Traditional models for electronic business are based on long-term, tightly coupled, and point-to-point
relationships, often centered around a dominant enterprise that imposes proprietary integration
approaches on its trading partners. In contrast, XML enables open, loosely coupled, "eMarketplace"
models based on standard message components. An eMarketplace architecture based on XML document
exchange among buyers, suppliers, and service providers is a natural, efficient, and robust model for
integrating market participants. Furthermore, this XML architecture makes document exchange between
marketplaces fundamentally the same as within a marketplace, which enables a network of marketplaces
to interconnect and interoperate.
Lecture notes from R. Glushko's talk (PowerPoint format, pdf format)
March 27, 2001: Guest lecture by Bradley Kuszmaul of Akamai Technologies
Title: Some Problems Related to Content Distribution: How Akamai Delivers Content
Optional reading assignment for April 5, 2001:
Chapters 5 and 10 of "Code" by Lawrence Lessig.
Cryptography Policy and the Information Economy by Matt Blaze
My Life As An International Arms Courier by Matt Blaze
March 29, 2001: Question-and-answer session in preparation for Hour Exam 2
Hour Exam 2 - April 3, 2001
Solutions to Hour Exam 2
April 5, 2001: Guest lecture by Matt Blaze of AT&T Labs
Lecture Notes - April 10, 2001 (Powerpoint format, pdf format)
Lecture Notes - April 12, 2001 (Powerpoint format, pdf format)
Lecture Notes - April 17, 2001 (Powerpoint format, pdf format)
April 19, 2001: Final projects/papers are due in class.
Lecture Notes - April 19, 2001 (Powerpoint