This course offers an intensive introduction to the field of cyberlaw. We will investigate the evolving nature of online architecture and activities, and the ways in which the legal toolbox has been, and will be, leveraged to influence them.
The Internet operates in layers, and so does much of the technology that hooks up to it: PCs, mobile phones, tablets. Nearly two decades ago those platforms were conceptually simple: a "generative" base offered by one manufacturer, on which any third party could build. (Think: Windows and the programs that run on it.) Some efforts by platform makers to tip the scales in their favor in the layer above resulted in extended controversy and regulatory efforts, such as over Windows coming bundled with Internet Explorer. Today platforms are just as vital but far more complex. We have hybrids like the iOS and Android operating systems or the Facebook and Twitter platforms, where the platform makers offer their systems as services rather than products, influencing and sometimes outright limiting connection between users and independent developers for those platforms. How should we think about these new platforms? What counts as a "level playing field," and what responsibility, if any, is there for public authorities to enforce it? What lessons, if any, do the prior tangles offer for today?
We will discuss how an intelligence community's activities can be meaningfully communicated to the public while respecting its sources and methods; how agencies might internally reconcile their various missions to protect the public and protect public values; and what a set of authorities and limitations for intelligence collection might look like if a clean slate were available on which to develop them.
This course explores the American law of torts
This is a working seminar designed to explore these questions through a cluster of projects designed to cross theorizing with making.
Students in this course will work in teams to solve a series of hard problems related to cyberlaw and intellectual property, leveraging the problem-solving methodology of teaching used in the first-year winter Problem Solving Workshop.
This joint Harvard/Stanford interdisciplinary seminar will continue a year-long arc of developing and building ideas for a better internet.
This course explores the American law of torts -- the circumstances and theories under which people owe others money for wrongs they commit -- principally as a vehicle for understanding how the law operates and how lawyers help to argue and shape it.
This course will explore difficult problems in cyberlaw, presented by guests who must grapple with them. Guests will include academics, technologists, businesspeople, regulators, and social entrepreneurs whose puzzles may require solutions that span disciplines and approaches.
Prerequisites: at least one course in cyberlaw or copyright.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The course is jointly offered with Stanford Law School, and will meet at Stanford. Students from Harvard will have air transportation and lodging in Silicon Valley provided for the time they are in residence there during January term.
This seminar will be a vehicle to explore and evaluate current cutting edge issues in Internet law and policy, with the aim of honing three or four problems for further study in a separate class taught during the winter term -- "Cyberlaw: Difficult Problems."
Prerequisites: at least one course in cyberlaw or copyright
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