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278.78 sec. 1 - Computer Crime Law (Fall 2013)

Instructor: Chris Hoofnagle  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: MW 11:20-12:35
Meeting Location: 12

Course Start: August 21, 2013
Class Number (formerly Course Control Number) (Non-1Ls): 49679

"Computer crime" has been with us since the 1960s, but our society's dependence upon, and the evolution of, networked communications has changed computer crime dramatically in recent decades. With the aid of a computer, individuals now can levy sophisticated attacks at a scale typically available to organized crime rings or governments. As a result, all 50 states and the federal government have enacted laws prohibiting unauthorized use of computers, and in recent years, governments have tried to harmonize these laws internationally.

Computers can be the means, target of, or the source of information about a crime, and increasingly, those interested in all aspects of criminal law must have some working knowledge of computer crime to effectively investigate, prosecute, and defend cases. This course will explore the policy and law of computer crime and consider how "cybercrimes" are different from and similar to transgressive behavior in physical space. Topics will include the Fourth Amendment, forensics, electronic surveillance, cyberbullying, identity theft, computer hacking and cracking, espionage, cyberterrorism, cybersecurity, privacy, and the challenge of cross-jurisdiction enforcement.

No technical knowledge is required for the course.

Exam Notes: TH
Course Category: Intellectual Property and Technology Law
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Criminal Law

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  • Cyber Crime and Digital Evidence: Materials and Cases
    Thomas K. Clancy
    Edition: 2011 / 1st Edition
    Publisher: Lexis
    ISBN: 9781422494080
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $154.00
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Folletts prices are unavailable at this time.

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