No pre-requisites are required.
The course focuses on how law has responded to the Internet's function as both an enabling information technology and a disruptive force. It begins by examining the founding myths of the Internet, demolishing them, and showing how they continue to persist as ideals and framing devices. Next, the course lays out a basic set of technologies with which Internet lawyers must be familiar, and how these technologies have generated legal disputes. The class explores Internet governance and how that subject remains an issue of perennial dispute, along with jurisdictional questions. The next section of the course deals with unwanted content, which is a major driver of governmental attempts to regulate the Net. The last section treats late-breaking topics, such as cyberwar, the rise of user-generated content, increased regulation of social networking, and search engines. Methodologically, the course employs the New Chicago School's taxonomy of regulatory tools to broaden our conception of "law," and looks to the multiple points in the Internet cloud that can be the target of regulation.
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