Section Description Provided by Instructor
From 1999 to 2012, this course offering required an extended
description. In 2013, Edward Snowden changed that.
Our primary goal is to learn what has happened in the relation between
citizens, their States, and the Net during the last ten years.
Focusing only in part on the United States---with due consideration to
the situation in all the world's large societies---we will discover
where we as people stand in relation to State power now that digital
technology is reorganizing humankind. Because the story is not a
happy one, we will also consider what we can do about it. We will
learn technology as well as law: every student will learn skills
necessary to achieve tolerable levels of privacy in communication and
reading, for example. No one will leave unfrightened; one or two will
have discovered their vocation.
All reading and writing we do is contained within the course wiki;
there is no examination. Students are evaluated on multiple drafts of
analytic essays, and on their contributions to written and class
The website for this course can be found at http://moglen.law.columbia.edu/wiki/CompPrivConst
W 1:50-3:40 pm
Method of Evaluation
J.D. Writing Credit
Minor (upon consultation)
Learning Outcome Goals
- To identify important emerging constitutional issues concerning individual liberty resulting from government opportunism amidst the rapid social change resulting from the social condition of interconnection called the Internet.
- To train law students to identify professional opportunities coinciding with their interests and values created by rapidly-changing techno-social environments.
- To establish clearly the ethical dimension of political, technical and legal issues surrounding public law questions in the age of the Internet.
- To improve student writing, both with respect to analysis and rhetorical effectiveness, by continuous, collaborative editorial engagement in technical environments fostering collaborative learning and publishing.
- To improve student skills in the use of collaborative web technologies for professional study and law practice.