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Internet History, Technology, and Security

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.

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Rating 4.7 based on 569 ratings
Length 11 weeks
Effort 12 hours of videos and quizzes
Starts Nov 21 (last week)
Cost $49
From University of Michigan via Coursera
Instructors Charles Severance, Charles Russell Severance
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Language English
Subjects Programming IT & Networking
Tags Computer Science Computer Security And Networks

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The material is easy to understand and would be an excellent MOOC for the first time user as I was.

A well-designed and informative course with just the right amount of goofiness Amazing course, highly recommended very nice V Dr. Chuck's lessons are well thought out, easy to understand and wonderfully created.

Chuck is really cool and makes tough topics so interesting and easy to understand.

I've done a significant amount of online Computer Science courses -as well as classroom courses back in college - and not one professor has been as fun and easy to understand as Chuck.

Dr. Chuck is a really great person, easy to understand.

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Nice teacher and very interesting information that makes easy to understand nowadays technology, Love it, easy to follow, great lecture.

The course is teached with good humor and an easy to understand method.

The content was easy to understand and remember.

For the most part, the lectures are easy to understand for people without a computer background.

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dr. charles severance

Dr. Charles Severance is one of the best teacher I ever had classes.

Dr. Charles Severance is by far the best Computer Science professor out there!!!

This is amazing follow up of the people and the events in the Internet history.Thank you Dr. Charles Severance for hard work to make this course such interesting to watch.

The content, videos, and the teachings of Dr. Charles severance are just great, very precise and to the point with real life examples and interviews.

Thanks very much Dr. Charles Severance and Coursera for a great course.

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I am thankful to coursera for providing me this opportunity to learn from an instructor like Dr. Charles Severance.

BTW Dr. Charles Severance is a super guy.

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highly recommended

Highly recommended!

Highly recommended.

Highly recommended for everyone, especially non CS majors jumping into programming!

So, a highly recommended course which anybody would enjoy and gain great knowledge.

Innovative and highly recommended.

Highly recommended.It is truly beginner level, so as one that have already studied Internet protocols (in the early 90's) I feel that I didn't learn many new things, but it was fantastic as a recap.The interviews with Internet pioneers were very insightful.

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highly recommend this course

I highly recommend this course even to those who already have a strong background in the technical aspects of the subject matter.

Overall, I would highly recommend this course to anyone looking to learn a little more about this magical thing we all take for granted every day, the internet.

I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in the subject.

I would highly recommend this course and this instructor for your consideration.

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computer science

Dr. Chuck has created a great course for those interested in learning the basics of Internet History, technology, and security, that is approachable even for those who aren't well versed in computer science.

Great course that taught me a lot about the background of computer science.

If you're willing to dive into technology or computer science then this should be a good intro.

What I got was a history of computer science as well as an explanation of internet technologies and security.

While the latter has been rather slow due to my other studies, I am still excited about computer science.

Definitely interesting for anyone working in a computer science field of any kind.

Excellent course for those who love computer science and want to know more about it.

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university of michigan

As usual Charles Severence and University of Michigan are the Best!And this is not for the fact that he is my first teacher of Python (Programing for Everybody), but he is really a talented, smart man with many passion on explaining.

Many many thank Coursera, University of Michigan & the Professor.

I learn internet Basic, History, Evolution and University of Michigan Involvement.

I experienced experts view about internet development and its development issues.Specially I select University of Michigan Courses because My honorable respected Teacher Sir Charles Severs.

To add to that, it's clear that Dr. Chuck (Severance) has put a lot of thought into running a MOOC, and has made several tweaks to the course since its first run (unlike a certain other University of Michigan colleague of his), such as making peer reviews optional and including a special lecture discussing how to do peer reviews and what plagiarism was.

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history of computing

Great C This is an excellent and informative course for anyone wanting to learn more about the history of computing the internet and the security of it all!

It was fascinating to see the interviews with luminaries from the history of computing and the internet.

The material begins with the history of computing and the Internet, starting with the code- breaking machines developed during WWII, and ends with the technology that makes the Internet work.

It started off with a fascinating unit on the history of computing and networking, and continued by delving into the technical aspects.

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really enjoyed

Must-take course, surely... Really enjoyed it- broad overview, beautifully supplemented with interviews of relevant, interesting people and links to technical resources if desired.

I really enjoyed this course.

thanks for cousera a lot,i love the teacher ,and i will start a new course Really enjoyed the class and learnt lots.

Muito Bom I really enjoyed the information shared in this course.

Really enjoyed each session.

Really enjoyed this course and great thanks Charles Severance and whole team who has developed this course.

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technical aspects

There are 7 units, 4 on history and 3 that deal with the more technical aspects of how the internet works.

This course put that in an historical context, and explained the details of many of the internet technical aspects that I'd assumed and/or taken for granted.

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Rating 4.7 based on 569 ratings
Length 11 weeks
Effort 12 hours of videos and quizzes
Starts Nov 21 (last week)
Cost $49
From University of Michigan via Coursera
Instructors Charles Severance, Charles Russell Severance
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Programming IT & Networking
Tags Computer Science Computer Security And Networks

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