Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Spring 2020

6.S978 Privacy Legislation: Law and Technology (2-3-7)

Class meetings: Thursday 3-5
Room 9-155
Permission of instructor required.

Danny Weitzner:
Hal Abelson:
Laura Moy
Alvaro Bedoya
David Vladeck

This course brings together engineering students from MIT with law students from Georgetown Law School to explore current issues in privacy policy and technology. Students will learn about the fundamentals of privacy law and foundations of relevant technologies. With this knowledge, students will work together to develop solutions to privacy policy challenges. Interdisciplinary teams, consisting of law students and MIT students, will be responsible for preparing a detailed legal assessment of policy questions, researching and explaining the technological frameworks and challenges associated with the policy question, and then formulating policy and technological recommendations to address the question in the form of draft state legislation.

All students will meet at MIT for the first class. Weekly classes will meet via videoconference-connected classrooms at each campus. The final class will be held in Washington, DC at Georgetown Law School (with travel support provided for MIT students). Students will have the opportunity to present their final projects to a panel of legislators and public policy experts in Washington, DC. This course will be taught jointly by faculty from MIT and Georgetown University Law School.

Enrollment by permissions of instructor only. To request permission, fill out this form no later than Friday January 18, 2020

Go to the 6.S978 web site