Law in the Internet Society

Law in the Internet Society

Professor Eben Moglen
Columbia Law School
Fall 2021

For September 22, please read GraspingtheNet

See ClassAudio for all class recordings.

Beginning September 15, my office hours in fall 2021, under epidemic conditions, are held Wednesday 12n-1:30pm and Thursday 12n-2pm and by videoconference at other times by appointment. To make an appointment, please email, or consult my assistant, Jerrica Sosa, at 212-461-1905, Mon-Thu.

On the Radar

Francis Fukuyama, Barak Richman, and Ashish Goel, How to Save Democracy From Technology: Ending Big Tech's Information Monopoly, Foreign Affairs, January/February 2021

Richard Speed, Privacy campaigner flags concerns about Microsoft's creepy Productivity Score, The Register, November 26, 2020

Anna Wiener, Taking Back Our Privacy, The New Yorker, October 26, 2020

Steve Lohr, IBM, Seeing Its Future in the Cloud, Breaks Off I.T. Unit, NY Times, October 8, 2020

Alex Hern, How Excel may have caused loss of 16,000 Covid tests in England, The Guardian, October 5, 2020

Patrick Wintour, Oxford moves to protect students from China's Hong Kong security law, The Guardian, September 28, 2020

Josh Simons and Dipayan Ghosh, Utilities for democracy: Why and how the algorithmic infrastructure of Facebook and Google must be regulated, Foreign Policy, August 2020

Sue Halpern, The Trump Campaign’s Mobile App Is Collecting Massive Amounts of Voter Data, The New Yorker, September 13, 2020

GPT-3, A Robot Wrote This Entire Article. Are You Scared Yet, Human?, The Guardian, September 8, 2020

Julia Jacobs, Natural History Museum Union Files Complaint Over Coronavirus App, New York Times, August 26, 2020

Paul Lewis, 'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia, The Guardian, October 6, 2017

Eben Moglen and Mishi Choudhary, Zuckerberg Nobly Carries White Man's Burden: Poor Indians' Data Packets, Indian Express, October 30, 2015

Jim Dwyer, Volkswagen's Diesel Fraud Makes Critic of Secret Code a Prophet, September 22, 2015

Eben Moglen, Transcript: When Software is in Everything: Future Liability Nightmares Free Software Helps Avoid, June 30, 2010

People Love Spying On One Another: A Q & A With Facebook Critic Eben Moglen, Washington Post, November 19, 2014

Watch: IASC & the Elinor Ostrom Award, Commons In Action (2014)

atockar, Riding with the Stars: Passenger Privacy in the NYC Taxicab Dataset, Neustar Research, September 15, 2014

A Word on Technology Old and New About the Word

This seminar is an attempt to learn about, understand and predict the development of law in a rapidly changing area. We must assemble the field of knowledge relevant to our questions even as we begin trying to answer them. Wiki technology is an ideal match for the work we have in hand. Below you will find an introduction to this particular wiki, or TWiki, where you can learn as much or as little about how this technology works as you want.

For now, the most important thing is just that any page of the wiki has an edit button, and your work in the course consists of writings that we will collaboratively produce here. You can make new pages, edit existing pages, attach files to any page, add links, leave comments in the comment boxes--whatever in your opinion adds to a richer dialog. During the semester I will assign writing exercises, which will also be posted here. All of everyone's work contributes to a larger and more informative whole, which is what our conversation is informed by, and helps us to understand.

Please begin by registering. I look forward to seeing you at our first meeting on the 10th.

Introduction to the LawNetSoc Web

The LawNetSoc site is a collaborative class space built on Twiki [], a free software wiki system. If this is your first time using a wiki for a long term project, or first time using a wiki at all, you might want to take a minute and look around this site. If you see something on the page that you don't know how to create in a wiki, take a look at the text that produced it using the "Edit" button at the top of each page, and feel free to try anything out in the Sandbox.

All of the Twiki documentation is also right at hand. Follow the TWiki link in the sidebar. There are a number of good tutorials and helpful FAQs there explaining the basics of what a wiki does, how to use Twiki, and how to format text.

From TWiki's point of view, this course, Law in the Internet Society, is one "web." There are other webs here: the sandbox for trying wiki experiments, for example, and my other courses, etc. You're welcome to look around in those webs too, of course. Below are some useful tools for dealing with this particular web of ours. You can see the list of recent changes, and you can arrange to be notified of changes, either by email or by RSS feed. I would strongly recommend that you sign up for one or another form of notification; if not, it is your responsibility to keep abreast of the changes yourself.

LawNetSoc Web Utilities


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