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.

Course Syllabus

The syllabus for the course is available in PDF or MS Word file formats. ("Final" version 0.99 posted October 10th.)

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 Assignments

Reading for Week One, Thursday, August 31, 2017

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.

Earlier in this space, we mentioned that we would provide instructions for you to install VirtualBox. Those instructions aren't ready yet, so don't worry about installing this before class. We'll ask you to install it next week instead.

Reading for Week Two, Thursday September 7th

Reading and Assignments for Week Three: Thursday, September 14, 2017 Reading for Week Four, Thursday, September 21, 2017 Week Five: Thursday, September 28, 2017: More mitmproxy and the Going Dark debate No reading.

Thursday, October 5, 2017: No Class.

Week Six: Thursday, October 12, 2017: Geolocation Technology and Carpenter

Week Seven: Thursday, October 19, 2017: Trip to Palantir

For details about the trip to Palantir, including the assigned reading, see the announcement on Canvas.

Week Eight: Thursday, October 26, 2017: Machine Learning and the Increasing Power of Inference

Week Nine: Thursday, November 9, 2017: More Machine Learning and Ad-Block Lists


Instructions for submitting the first two graded assignments.:
Graded Assignments
Problem Sets

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