This is the webpage for a class from the PAST that has ALREADY ENDED. Current class information is available here.


What you should know about this class

  1. This won't be a typical law school class. First, the class will focus a lot on technology and technology policy and not a lot on legal doctrine.
  2. The reading for the class is expected to be comparable in quantity to a typical law school seminar, meaning approximately 30 to 50 pages per day. Assigned reading for the first class is posted below. The assignments for the rest of the term will be posted later.

Office Hours

Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30 - 2:30 PM in McDonough 480. If you have a conflict during those hours, I am also available to meet at other times by appointment.

Required Text

The only required text is a book, which the author has made available online for free. It is:

William E. Shotts, Jr., The Linux Command Line (No Starch Press 2012), available for download at or here.

You can also buy a nicely printed copy of the book from the law school bookstore or online retailers (ISBN-13: 978-1593273897).

Course Syllabus

The syllabus for the course is available in PDF or MS Word file formats.

Reading for Week One, Tuesday, September 1, 2015

For the first class, the readings fit into three categories:

(Newly added 8/25/15) In addition to the reading, follow these instructions to try to locate or install the ssh program on your personal computer.

Reading for Week Two, Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Reading for Week Three, Tuesday, September 15, 2015 Reading for Weeks Four and Five, Tuesday, September 22, 2015, and Tuesday, September 29, 2015 Week Six: Layers of Abstraction and the Wifi Sniffing Week Seven: Location Tracking and Basic Data Visualization Week Nine: Visit to Palantir Technologies

Week Ten: Privacy by Design and the "Playbook"


Instructions for submitting the first two graded assignments.: Graded assignments:

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