Law in the Internet Society

Law in the Internet Society

Professor Eben Moglen
Columbia Law School
Fall 2014

Our first meeting will be Thursday, 4 September 2014, in JGH 105, at 4:20pm.

Before we meet, please register as a user of this wiki. You are responsible for reading the evaluation policy.

Reading materials for the course are provided over this Wiki: you don't need to buy any books. But you do need software that can read the wonderful, free DejaVu format for scanned documents. Here are aids to installing DejaVu readers on your laptops and mobile surveillance and consumer control devices.

The topics we shall take up are listed below, in the order of discussion. For our first meeting, please begin reading the materials introducing contemporary PoliticalEconomy.

My office hours in fall 2014 are Tuesday, 9:30am to 10:30am and Thursday, 12pm to 4pm. If you need to see me but cannot make office hours, please email or contact my assistant, Benjamin Mintzer,, x40692.

On the Radar

Eugene Mandel, How the Napa earthquake affected Bay area sleepers, Blog, August 25, 2014

Al Sassco, Fitness Trackers are Changing Online Privacy — and It's Time to Pay Attention,, August 14, 2014

Eric Adler, Law Students Fend Off a Patent Troll.,, August 8, 2014

Tom Warren, Microsoft, like Google, tips off police for child porn arrest, The Verge, August 7, 2014

Douglas MacMillan, Foursquare Now Tracks Users Even When the App Is Closed, Wall Street Journal, August 6, 2014

Vindu Goel, How Facebook Sold You Krill Oil, New York Times, August 2, 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.

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