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Virginia Tech CS3604: Professionalism in Computing

(Taught since 1994) This course studies the social impact, implications and effects of computers on society, and the responsibilities of computer professionals in directing the emerging technology. Includes examinations of reliable, risk-free technologies, systems which provide user friendly processes. Specific topics include an overview of the history of computing, computer applications and their impact, the computing profession, and the legal and ethical responsibilities of professionals. Instructor: Jan Lee

Wayne State University Law School Lex 8256: The Law in Cyberspace Seminar

(Taught since 1996) The seminar will examine the application of current laws to the Internet and will look at a variety of proposals for new or revised laws to regulate the developing global information infrastructure. We will consider topics including recent applications of intellectual property, defamation, criminal laws, and existing federal and state regulatory regimes to Internet activities, and recent international agreements touching on the Internet. We will look at current proposals from both government and private sources for new legal regulation or revision of current intellectual property, communications, commercial, privacy and criminal laws. We will try to get a handle on the problems that flow from asserting national laws in a medium with no national borders. Instructor: Jessica Litman (

GWU CSCI230 Information Policy

(Spring 96) Issues related to computers and privacy, equity, freedom of speech, search and seizure, access to personal and governmental information, professional responsibilities, ethics, criminality, and law enforcement. Examines policy issues using written, electronic, and videotape proceedings of recent major cross-disciplinary conferences. Instructor: Lance Hoffman

UC Berkeley: SIMS 296A, Copyright and Community: The Future of the Information Society

(Fall 97) In order to construct an appropriate copyright policy for communities using digital documents in networked environments, one must define the kind of information society one is seeking to build. Recent policy documents, legislation and court cases aimed at charting a course for copyright law in networked environments have rested upon tacit and often unsupported assumptions about the nature of digital documents, information societies and knowledge economies. This seminar will probe the link between copyright and network communities from four directions: by studying representative copyright policy documents; by exploring various social theories for information society; by talking with technologists about the conception of society they are building into network technologies; and by examining the work of those who have recently tried to re-imagine copyright in the digital environment. Instructors: Peter Lyman and Pamela Samuelson

Case Western Reserve University Law School: Computing and the Law

(Fall 98) Matters are changing so rapidly in the area of Computing and the Law that it is difficult to predict exactly what will be covered during the semester, but it is safe to say that most---but not all---of the issues will relate to the fact that computers are first and foremost tools that are used in the manipulation of symbols and that most activities involving computing involve the creation, processing, and communication of information and data. Thus one can safely assume that a considerable portion of the course will be directed towards issues of so-called ``Intellectual Property'', i.e., issues relating to the patenting and copyrighting of computer software and also to the application of copyright law to texts and data in digital form. And we can also expect considerable attention to be spent on the constitutional issue of whether, and to what extent, the First Amendment freedoms of speech and of the press extend to the writing of computer programs, especially as the instructor in the course is the plaintiff in the case of Junger v. Daley where he seeks an injunction on First Amendment grounds against the enforcement of federal export regulations that forbid the publication or other communication of cryptographic software on the Internet or the World Wide Web or through other electronic means. Instructor: Peter Junger (

Carnegie Mellon University: 90-725 Information Technology & Social Accountability

The rapid development of information technology is having a substantial impact on the whole of society. Remarkably lower costs of capturing, storing, and disseminating information are changing the relationship between individuals and machines, shifting the basis of political power, opening new economic markets, and challenging personal privacy. This course is organized around a persistent tension: the desire for privacy and confidentiality against the demand for information access. In this framework we examine factors that influence the social dynamics of an information society. Social accountability involves the impact on individuals, organizations, and communities. It is expressed in implicit and explicit social contracts and understandings. Focusing on privacy and data access tensions, this course will address such specific topics as distance learning, electronic publishing, political processes, telecommunications, and computer law in cyberspace. A variety of applications will be explored in such areas as health care management and electronic commerce. Instructor: George Duncan (

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