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TECH 12 — A Web3 Primer: Explore the Evolution of the Internet

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Jan 24—Mar 14
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 26
Unit: 1
Tuition: $480
Instructor(s): Sohila Zadran
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Jan 24—Mar 14
8 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 26
1 Unit
Sohila Zadran
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Welcome to a web3 world. The promise of a new, "better" internet has catalyzed a technical and cultural revolution, and recently, the web3 ecosystem has seen massive growth. But what is web3? And how does it differ from web2 and web1?

We will begin this course with a brief exploration of the history of the internet and look at how prior iterations have led us to the possible third stage in its evolution: web3. The course will focus on some of the components of web3—blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs)—to build a general understanding of the possible advancement of web3 concepts. We’ll then explore how web3 intends to shift “ownership” of the web from a handful of centralized entities (such as companies like Alphabet and Meta) back to the users, and we will investigate the implications of this transition. We will examine current use cases for web3 applications such as privacy and digital infrastructure and the role of decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs). Students will participate in a series of lectures that include industry guest speakers, discussions, and dynamic, instructor-led exercises. They will leave the course with a deep understanding of web3 and its underlying technologies and applications.

This course is a nontechnical primer to web3 and open to all levels of experience.


Sohila Zadran received a PhD in neuroscience and neuroengineering from USC and was a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech. She has founded or cofounded four biotech companies and serves as an advisor to several companies and accelerators, including Berkeley SkyDeck and QB3. She has also worked for various Silicon Valley venture capital firms and is executive director of AI Foundation’s nonprofit board.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.