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Internet History, Technology, and Security

University of Michigan via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 3-5 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 10 weeks long

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The impact of technology and networks on our lives, culture, and society continues to increase. The very fact that you can take this course from anywhere in the world requires a technological infrastructure that was designed, engineered, and built over the past sixty years. To function in an information-centric world, we need to understand the workings of network technology. This course will open up the Internet and show you how it was created, who created it and how it works. Along the way we will meet many of the innovators who developed the Internet and Web technologies that we use today.






What You Will Learn:
After this course you will not take the Internet and Web for granted. You will be better informed about important technological issues currently facing society. You will realize that the Internet and Web are spaces for innovation and you will get a better understanding of how you might fit into that innovation. If you get excited about the material in this course, it is a great lead-in to taking a course in Web design, Web development, programming, or even network administration. At a minimum, you will be a much wiser network citizen.

Taught by

Charles Severance

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Reviews for Coursera's Internet History, Technology, and Security
4.6 Based on 36 reviews

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Matt M
5.0 4 years ago
Matt completed this course.
This is not a very rigorous course but that does not detract at all from its attractiveness. There are 7 units, 4 on history and 3 that deal with the more technical aspects of how the internet works. Dr. Severance is very involved with this class and holds in-person office hours in various cities that he visits. He is also very active on twitter which allows some students to have interaction that is usually not practical with moocs.

The assesments for the course were 6 quizzes for the week, a short written assignment that was graded via peer review and a final exam. The highlight of this course for me were the videos, which often had us going back in time to listen to people involved in the early days of the internet talking about their experience as it was going on.

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Doris S
5.0 3 years ago
by Doris completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I've been working on the Internet since before there was a WWW, so I didn't necessarily expect to learn much, but in fact this was highly informative. The history part was mostly familiar, but it was helpful to have everything laid out clearly on a timeline. The technology and security portions did a great deal to clarify my previously vague understandings of how things work. Dr. Chuck is an excellent instructor: knowledgeable, relaxed, and funny.

I especially liked the "graduation ceremony" at the end, complete with Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance and a graduation speaker. This is the first MOOC I've taken that included a graduation, and it was a nice touch.
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Dana T
5.0 4 years ago
by Dana completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Very interesting, informative and engaging course. Dr Chuck presents a very relaxed, yet enthusiastic, learning style. The weekly workload wasn't too much, and the extra credit assignments were fun to write and to evaluate.

The lectures were entertaining and fun to watch, and packed full of information. All of this was presented in very easy to understand terms. I would highly recommend this course to anyone, whatever their background and current understanding of the subject matter.
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Anonymous
5.0 5 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This class was a good mix of entertaining stories about the history of the Internet along with a little technical information as well. Dr. Chuck does a good job of explaining networking concepts in an understandable way.

Just to be clear - if you're looking for a really in-depth technical course on networks, this probably isn't it. If you're looking for an interesting class with an introduction to the technical elements though, this is perfect! Even if you already know how networking works, the history and politics behind the creation of the Internet are presented in an interesting and fun way.
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Anonymous
4.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Fun course with some really interesting interviews with the actual people involved with creating the technology. I was disappointed that the history didn't carry on a bit further into the future with the advent of Google, server side scripting like php etc. I hope that Dr Chuck keeps collecting video interviews to expand the timeline further into the future :)

The technical aspect is very simple, great as an intro but perhaps a little too simple for anyone with a CS related background.
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Anonymous
5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Dr. Chuck is an amazing professor; he makes material accessible to students of any level and I learned a ton-- I definitely have a better grasp of internet history.
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Anonymous
5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Dr. Chuck is awesome…(one of the best MOOC teachers out there) and the class is interesting and informative. Highly recommended!
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Anonymous
5.0 5 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I've learned a lot from this course. Dr Chuck is a wonderful teacher. And he is very kind.
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Anonymous
5.0 5 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
It was quite interesting even for an internet professional like me.
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5.0 5 years ago
Helga completed this course.
Excellent course! I think that this is a MUST course.
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Steven B
5.0 6 months ago
by Steven completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This course is truly fascinating when you considering the impact the world wide web has had on society. This course mainly follows the development of the internet from a file-sharing protocol to what it is today. It does involve some networking concepts though. Networking can be hard but understanding how everything works is truly rewarding.
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Chansa M
4.0 a year ago
Chansa is taking this course right now and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
This has taken just few minutes to study and enjoy the studies so far. I intend to study more and know more about the internet security and many other things.
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Danika C
5.0 3 years ago
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4.0 4 years ago
Deleted completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
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Jose L
4.0 3 years ago
by Jose completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
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5.0 3 years ago
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3.0 3 years ago
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5.0 2 years ago
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Joao C
4.0 4 years ago
Joao completed this course, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
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