Law in the Internet Society

Law in the Internet Society

Professor Eben Moglen
Columbia Law School
Fall 2015

For our second meeting, Wednesday, 16 September 2015, please complete reading the materials introducing contemporary PoliticalEconomy.

Please register as a user of this wiki. You are responsible for reading the evaluation policy. Once you have registered, you should arrange to be notified of changes to this wiki, either by email or through the course news feed. This helps you keep current on reading assignments and other students' writing. Please be sure to read pieces appearing On the Radar, below.

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.

My office hours in fall 2015 are Wednesdays 3:50-5:50pm and Fridays 4:15-6:00pm. If you need to see me but cannot make office hours, please email or contact my assistant, Benjamin Mintzer,, x40692.

On the Radar

David Yee, Video Surveillance: Abusing Power or Protecting the Public?,, Aug. 21, 2015

Julia Sklar, Policing sex trafficking in the digital age, MIT News, August 18, 2015

Grant Gross, "DOJ calls for encryption balance that includes law enforcement needs, CIO, August 12, 2015

Andrew Blake, Can you see me now? ‘Privacy Visor’ goggles trick facial recognition tech, Washington Times, August 12, 2015

Danny Yadron, Former Heads of Homeland Security, NSA Back Encryption, The Wall Street Journal, July 29, 2015

Anne Flaherty, Social media companies fighting Senate surveillance bill, The Columbus Dispatch, July 27, 2015

Cyrus Farivar, "Facebook’s facial recognition will one day find you, even while facing away, Ars Technica, Jun 24, 2015

Ben Sobel, Facial recognition technology is everywhere. It may not be legal., The Washington Post, June 11, 2015

Alejandro Llorente et al, Social media fingerprints of unemployment, arXiv:1411.3140, November 12, 2014

Brent Skorup, Cops scan social media to help assess your ‘threat rating’, Reuters Blog, December 12, 2014

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

Eben Moglen, The GCHQ boss’s assault on privacy is promoting illegality on the net, The Guardian, November 13, 2014

Event: 1971 Screening and Discussion on Surveillance November 7, 2014, Davis Auditorium

Robert Lemos, Mac OS X Yosemite sends location, search data to Apple, Ars Technica, October 20, 2014

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

Dominic Rushe, Router That Anonymises Internet Activity Raises $300,000 on Kickstarter, The Guardian, October 14, 2014

Michael Corkery and Jessica Silver-Greenberg, Miss a Payment? Good Luck Moving That Car, New York Times, September 24, 2014

Devlin Barrett & Danny Yadron, New Level of Smartphone Encryption Alarms Law Enforcement, Wall Street Journal, September 22, 2014

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

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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