EECS 129B & 189B Contemporary Issues
Before the lab on 1/24-26:
In the lab section on 1/24-26, you will work on Steps 1-3 for net neutrality. I will be present to give you additional background information, lead a discussion of your ideas, and answer questions. Both the preparation for the lab and the assignment to follow can be worked on in groups of 4 students or less. These do not have to be the same groups as you are using for your design project; indeed, I would recommend mixing computer engineering and electrical engineering students in your group.
Net neutrality report, to be completed after the lab on 1/24-26, due 2/4:
Groups: The assignment can be worked on in groups of 4 students or less. These do not have to be the same groups as you are using for your design project. I recommend mixing computer engineering and electrical engineering students in your group. In addition, you might find it beneficial to include someone who has taken EECS 148 and/or someone who has taken an economics course, if possible. The group is responsible for making sure that every member does their fair share of work, and the group will receive a single grade on the assignment.
Information sources: Some information on net neutrality was posted before the lab. Here are the links:
Additional background information on communications policy and on networking technology was handed out in the lab and is also posted here.
You are encouraged to find additional information by searching for additional media and academic papers on the issue. The librarian has put together a webpage with links to information sources here. On this page, good starting points include LexisNexis Academic Universe, Opposing Viewpoints, and Wikipedia. However, plagiarism from any such source is a violation of the policy on academic honesty.
Assignment: The textbook and my 1/19 lecture described a series of 8 recommended steps to formulate a policy. In the lab section on 1/24-26, you worked on Steps 1-3 for net neutrality. You have two options for your group's report:
Page limits: You should turn in a single report for your group. The group report should be no less than 4 pages and no more than 8 pages (not including the cover page). Use 12 point font and reasonable page margins. Here is a suggested outline, but you may do as you wish:
Under either option, when discussing evidence, please comment briefly on ethical issues related to net neutrality. This may include ethical issues related to individuals, companies, or society.
You may format your report in postscript, PDF, or Microsoft Word. Please include the names, email addresses, and enrolled courses (129 or 189) of everyone in your group on a cover page. The file size can not exceed 1MB.
Due: The report must be submitted by a single group member by 10pm on Sunday, February 4. To submit the report, login to e3.uci.edu and click on "DropBox", and look for a DropBox named "Net Neutrality". Submit the report to that DropBox in the AssignmentSubmission folder. Your upload will be timestamped, so I will know if you submitted it by the deadline. I will be able to review your report, but your classmates will not. Complete instructions on DropBox submission are here.