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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 6.805 (Fall 2005) 
  • Course Title:
  • Ethics and the Law on the Electronic Frontier 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Harold Abelson
    Prof. Michael M. Fischer
    Prof. Daniel Weitzner 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 6.805 / 6.806 / STS.085 Ethics and the Law on the Electronic Frontier

    Fall 2005

    Course Highlights

    This course features weekly lecture notes and assignments. In addition, an extensive list of readings and resources devoted to the issues discussed in this course are available in the readings section.

    Course Description

    This course considers the interaction between law, policy, and technology as they relate to the evolving controversies over control of the Internet. In addition, there will be an in-depth treatment of privacy and the notion of "transparency" -- regulations and technologies that govern the use of information, as well as access to information. Topics explored will include:
    • Legal Background for Regulation of the Internet
    • Fourth Amendment Law and Electronic Surveillance
    • Profiling, Data Mining, and the U.S. PATRIOT Act
    • Technologies for Anonymity and Transparency
    • The Policy-Aware Web

    *Some translations represent previous versions of courses.


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