Summer 2017: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30-8:30, Corboy 302
Text: The textbook will be A Gift of Fire, by
Sara Baas and Timothy Henry, published by Prentice Hall. Officially we're
down to use the brand-new 2017 5th edition. I've been
told my copy of the 5th edition has arrived at the office, but I have not
physically seen it yet. For this and other reasons, you may also use
the 4th Edition, 2012.
(That said, I do recommend the newer edition, even if sight unseen,
because things change so fast.) This book is also available in an e-book
There will be three writing assignments during the course; the first writing assignment will have a rewriting component, as you resubmit your first draft.
There will also be one debate/presentation assignment.
There will not be a final exam.
My general course groundrules are here. Loyola's academic integrity rules are here.
You are expected to be familiar with the rules for quoting other sources in papers.
|Class 1: Tues, May 23
||Class 2: Thurs, May 25
|Class 3: Tues, May 30
||Class 4: Thurs, June 1
|Class 5: Tues, June 6
||Class 6: Thurs, June 8|
|Class 7: Tues, June 13
||Class 8: Thurs, June 15
|Class 9: Tues, June 20
||Class 10: Thurs, June 22
|Class 11: Tues, June 27
||Class 12: Thurs, June 29|
Paper 1: DMCA Takedown or Music Sampling
First draft due Monday, June 5
Final draft due: Monday, June 12
Paper 2: The Third-Party Doctrine (Privacy) or
Defamation Policy (Speech)
Due: Wednesday June 21
Paper 3: Software Patents or Computer
Due: Saturday, July 1
Association for Computing Machinery -- The professional organization for computer professionals (oriented towards programmers). See their USACM subgroup for public-policy issues. See also the ACM Code of Ethics.
Electronic Frontier Foundation -- Founded to fight for citizens' rights in the areas of privacy, cyberspace freedom (specifically, freedom of speech), copyrights, and encryption.
American Civil Liberties Union -- Not specifically concerned with cyberspace law, but nonetheless very involved in the fight against the Communications Decency Act. The ACLU has long fought against censorship in any form, and for personal liberties in general.
Electronic Privacy Information Center -- They are concerned with both government surveillance (directly and by searching your records), the scope of government databases, and encryption.
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility -- "CPSR is a public-interest alliance of computer scientists and others interested in the impact of computer technology on society." Includes privacy issues but also professional responsibilities of programmers and workplace empowerment issues.
Ethics Center for Engineering and Science A useful compendium of ethics case studies and other information pertaining to science and engineering.
US Copyright office home page All sorts of information on copyright legislation, including the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.
2600, the Hacker Quarterly, leader in the fight for DeCSS.