INFOSEC 690L Internet Law & Policy

Syllabus

  • When:  Sept 4th - December 12th.  This is a 3-credit, semester-length course. 
  • Where:  Online (with on-campus instruction)
  • Instructor:  Marvin Cable, Esquire
  • CPE enrollment page

Summary: This course is meant for those looking for practical legal knowledge for use in Internet related endeavors. This course provides basic legal knowledge for Internet related legal issues with a focus on practical information for use by computer professionals.

This course is pre-approved to count as an outside elective for the MS in Computer Science degree. 

 

The syllabus will cover the following topics (changes may occur before the course begins):

  • Basics of the internet:
    • History of the internet;
    • Physical structure of the internet;
    • Governance of the internet
  • Basics of the law:
    • Laws, statutes, regulations, common law, stare decisis, treaties, and the interactions between them;
    • Issues of local, state, federal, and international laws; o Jurisdiction related issues.
  • Contracts:
    • Basics of contract law;
    • Common examples of contracts, e.g., employment agreements, work for hire.
  • Substantive laws:
    • The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA);
    • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA);
    • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA);
    • Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA);
    • Laws dealing with protection of private information, e.g., social security numbers, credit cards;
    • We will study other sets of laws, too, depending on class interest.
  • Intellectual property law:
    • Copyright;
    • Trademark and unfair business;
    • Patent.
  • Ethics:
    • Basic ethical dilemmas;
    • Whitehat versus blackhat;
    • Whistle blowing.
  • Dealing with third parties:
    • Subpoenas;
    • National Security Letters
    • Requirements for safeguarding data for, and from, third parties;
    • Litigation basics.
  • Dealing with employees and internal business relations
    • Employee privacy;
    • Intellectual property issues with employees and organizations.
  • Policy issues:
    • Privacy;
    • Freedom of speech;
    • Open internet / Net neutrality. 
Credits: 
3
Date: 
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 to Friday, August 3, 2018
Monday, June 5, 2017 to Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 to Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Class meets on: 
Online
Instructor: 
Marvin Cable, Esquire
Infosec
Graduate
September, 2018