2014 Syllabus

CPSC 183: Law, Technology, & Culture
Brad Rosen (brad.rosen@yale.edu)
Fall 2014: M W, 4:00-5:15, WLH 119

CPSC 183 is a class that is open to non-majors.  You do not need a background in tech or computer science to enjoy the class.  The class offers some project options for CS majors as well.  

As a general rule, we will adapt the syllabus to take into account current events.  We may need to add supplemental readings if breaking news changes the topics being discussed.   Feel free to review the syllabi from previous years: 20092010, 20112012, and 2013.  These should give you a flavor of what the class will ultimately look like.

If you have questions prior to shopping period, please email me directly.  (Strongly encouraged)

NOTE:  Attendance in this class is not optional.  This class is not a gut.  The reviews lie.  The cake is a lie.  There is no spoon.  Tceles B Hsup.  Do not taunt happy fun ball.  You have to burn the rope.

Please note: the course topics and speakers are subject to change as the semester progresses and due to speaker availability.   After the start of the semester, we will post the provisional syllabus here, but you should pay attention to announcements in class and check back here in case there are changes.


1)  Control Self Delete:  The Right to Be Forgotten In the Web Age — 8/27

2)  The Past and Future of Cyberlaw – 8/29

3) The Past and Future of Cyberspace – 9/3

4) What is law? (Dudley don’t hurt me…) – 9/8

5) “15 Minutes of Fame”  – 9/10


6) Introduction to Digital Copyright and Fair Use – 9/15


7) Fair Use Part Deux and the DMCA – 9/17


8) Fair Use and Remix Culture – 9/22

9) Review Session/Class Project Discussion – 9/24

  • No readings


10) Copyright and disruptive technology: SOPA and The Aereo case – 9/29

11) P2P Law and Piracy – 10/1


12) Free Software, Patents, and Copyleft – 10/6


13)  DRM and Anticircumvention – 10/8

14) Intro to Free Speech – 10/13

15) Defamation and Hate Speech – 10/15

16) Anonymity & Online Identity  – 10/20

Fall Break!


17) Cybersquatting and Keyword Advertising  – 10/27 (guest speaker Lauren Emerson)

Cybersquatting readings:

Keyword advertising readings:

19) Censorship I — Leaks and Creeps – 11/3


20) Censorship II & Great Walls – 11/5


21) Search & Seizure in the Digital Age – 11/10

22)  Privacy – Who Can You Trust  In A Web 2.0 World – 11/12

23) Wikipedia, Collaboration, and Network Effects – 11/17

24) Net Neutrality – 11/19


25)  Online Participation – Memes, Communities, and “Citizen Journalism” (12/1)

25) The Future of Education and Knowledge (PLEASE SKIM 2012’s READINGS ON “INNOVATION v. APPLIANCIZATION”) – 12/3


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