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 week. Assigned reading for the first class is posted below. The assignments for the rest of the term will be posted later.

Office Hours

Professor Ohm will be available on Wednesdays from 1:30 - 2:30 PM and on Thursdays from 12:10 - 1:10 PM in McDonough 480. If you have a conflict during those hours, I am also available to meet at other times by appointment.

The TA for the course, Jack O'Gorman, will be available for office hours on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 - 11:30 AM, in the lobby of the Sports & Fitness Center, or by appointment.


Here is the Class Syllabus (Version 0.97)

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).

Reading for Week One, Monday, August 29, 2016

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

In addition to the reading, follow these instructions to try to locate or install the ssh program on your personal computer.

Reading for Week Three (second class meeting), Monday, September 12th

Reading for Week Four, Monday, September 19, 2016 Reading for Week Five, Monday, September 26, 2016 Reading for Week Six, Monday, October 3, 2016
  • Week Seven: TUESDAY (Not Monday), October 11, 2016 Visit to Palantir Technologies

  • Week Nine: Monday, October 24, 2016: Data Processing/Visualization, the Fair Information Practices, and Privacy by Design
  • Week Eleven: Monday, November 7, 2016: Facial Recognition and the Perpetual Lineup (Note changed topic from syllabus)
  • Week Twelve: Monday, November 21, 2016: Location Tracking and Deidentification


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