Andreas Weigend | Social Data Revolution | Fall 2016
School of Information | University of California at Berkeley | INFO 190A (undergrad) / INFO 290A (graduate level)

Google Form for HW7 due Sun Oct 16, 2016, 3pm

Where are we in the course?

Topic13 was amazing, I frankly would have never imagined to have a class with people who run a platform that produces 1 million hours of unique content produced and consumed... And thank you for your reflections (TOPIC14). As always, please post your thoughts about class to, and thoughts about the book to

And here is the plan for the last 5 topics for this semester (same as on the Google Form for HW7):

  • Nicole Ozer, the Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Director at the ACLU of Northern California, will kick it off with her thoughts about government surveillance.
Please submit below a couple of thoughtful questions about data rights you really want her to address. (Re-)read Chapters 5 and 6 of Data for the People (WARNING: 80 pages!)
Chapter 5: Transparency Rights
Chapter 6: Agency Rights
Notes for Chapters 5 and 6
In case you have not seen the amazing story the ACLU just broke about Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram having data deals with a social media surveillance company that was marketing its product to local police to monitor protesters, here it is: Nicole would love your thoughts on next steps the companies could take - policy, auditing systems, or other - to better safeguard company data from being used for surveillance.

Our group exercise will be to figure out how to live data-free for a week. It will be lead by two amazing individuals:
  • David Holtzman, a military code-breaker, who spent time in submarines figuring out what other countries were planning (actually mainly one other country), and
  • Shaun Maguire who, yay, took the social data revolution course a while ago before hanging out in Afghanistan with some of his friends figuring out when an where the next thing would blow up. (He also is an expert in money laundering, which we will discuss at dinner, and finishing is PhD at Caltech).
This is the last time we will discuss in class the topic of living in a world where everything is recorded.

The last part of class looks at blockchain, where everything is remembered.
  • Balaji Srinivasan will share his insider view as CEO of and answer any questions you (including how to get rich quick with bitcoin, besides getting money from a16z).

To prepare for our class discussion about blockchain, here is a quick background read:
It was recommended by Max Fang who teaches the blockchain Decal and is the president of, and will bring a few of his friends to class.
No need to submit anything for this, but you will benefit if you don't come in totally clueless about the topic.

See you all (with your name tags PLEASE) at 3:30 on Tuesday. We need 3 wiki leads for the three topics this week; they have priority at dinner (Leland is organizing, Alex is in Peru). Please also coordinate NOW with Leland if you want to be a wiki leads for the last class (we will have as the last two topics TOPIC18 (TRANSPARENCY, with Rich Barton and Andrew Chamberlain from Glassdoor) and TOPIC19 (RETAIL, with John Squire from Dynamic Action).