Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2012/13
Digital revolution
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Aerospace Engineering - Torino
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Mechanical Engineering - Torino
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Automotive Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
De Martin Juan Carlos ORARIO RICEVIMENTO O2 ING-INF/05 40 20 0 0 9
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ING-INF/05 6 D - A scelta dello studente A scelta dello studente
Subject fundamentals
The effects of the digital revolution are profound and long-lasting, ranging from economy to culture, from politics to everyday life. To try to understand a revolution of this magnitude, to identify its deep structure and to understand its future directions, technological skills must be supplemented by selected legal, economic and social elements, with a strongly interdisciplinary approach.
Expected learning outcomes
The aim of this course is to contribute to the formation of competent and knowledgeable digital individuals (future engineers). To achieve this, on the one hand, interdisciplinary (technical, legal, etc.) knowledge will be required to understand the digital revolution and on the other hand will result in the acquisition of specific skills related to the online world by creating blogs by students and other online endeavours. At the end of the course, students will not only understand the reasons that make the digital revolution a profound discontinuity at different levels, with relevant issues and opportunities, but also gained the skills to develop their own conscious and advanced online presence.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Introduction to the course, exam rules, presentation of the program

How to communicate: opinions, facts, testimonies, scientific knowledge.

About the "integrity" concept by Michael Jensen (Harvard Business School).

Technology and Society: Relationship, Ethics, Ellul, Postman, Democratic Control.

About the concept of 'revolution': definition, history, applicability to the digital revolution.

Introduction to the online activies. Open Twitter / Tumblr accounts. Subscribe and use the mailing list (How to write, how to find, how to answer the list).

"Intellectual property". Patents, copyrights / copyright.

Creative commons: definition, licenses, usage. Concept of "commons": definition, examples. The public domain.

Pre-electricity communication technologies: writing, codex, printing, mail, censorship.

Twitter use. Tumblr, how to write a blog post, hints at html and css. Netiquette. Questions about group formation.

YouTube, how to create a video. How to contribute to Wikipedia.

The Yochai Benkler Model of technology diffusion.

The Brian Winston model of technology diffusion.

Electric communication technologies: telegraph, telephone, radio, television.

The conceptual roots of the computer from Leibniz to Turing.

Electronic computers.

"Crap detection", ie how to identify unfounded information online.

The 'hacker' culture

Logical fallacies

Internet: History, Principles, Architecture.

Open hardware and software architectures.

Internet and legal rules.

The Web: History, Principles, Architecture.

Discussion of an "in the news" digital issue (e.g., taxi vs Uber).

Digital words: 3D printing, open hardware, 'makers', FabLab, crowdsourcing and peers production, crowdfunding, open data, big data, artificial intelligence, platforms and Terms of Service.

Towards an Internet Bill of Rights

Review of the course topics, exam sample.
Delivery modes
There will be no laboratory time in the traditional sense of the term. Instead, at the beginning of the course students will be divided into groups of 3-4 people each. Each group will choose a topic that falls within the course program and will open a blog (using personal computers or those available at the numerous computer labs at the University). On their blog members of the group will start posting reflections (at least 3 for each student), links, photos, audio-video material, etc., regarding the chosen topic. Blogs will be released under a Creative Commons license and can be promoted / linked / supported by ad hoc Twitter channels, Facebook page, etc. Each student will also have to open and use a microblogging account (typically Twitter) and make a short (1 ') self-presentation video.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
The highly interdisciplinary nature of the course as well as the innovative nature of the course itself make it impossible to identify a single reference text at this time. However, the teacher will make available everything that is written / shown in the lesson as well as audio recordings of the lessons themselves. There are also available notes from previous years. The teacher will prepare a bibliography of recommended readings, which will be supplemented when required by further classroom recommendations.
Assessment and grading criteria
Learning will be evaluated by adding two elements: 50% of the final grade will be related to the evaluation of online activities conducted by every student (at least 3 posts on the blog, use of twitter, video), while the remaining 50% will come from the evaluation of an individual written test.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2017/18

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