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8896.29 - Sem: Computer Crime & Surveillance
Professor: Ric Simmons
Semester: 2012 Autumn
Second Writing Requirement? Yes
Professional Responsibility? No
Prerequisites: No prerequisites, but Criminal Procedure: Investigations is recommended
Means of Assessment: The students' final grades will be based on their paper, a class presentation based on their paper, and overall class participation.
This course explores the legal and policy issues that judges, legislators, prosecutors and defense counsel confront in response to computer-related crime and computer-related surveillance. In particular, it considers how conduct in cyberspace challenges traditional approaches to the investigation, prosecution and defense of criminal conduct in physical space. Topics include: applying the Fourth Amendment in cyberspace, statutory laws regarding internet surveillance, computer hacking, computer viruses, worms and Trojan horses, defining what cyber conduct should be criminalized and identifying appropriate sanctions, online economic espionage, cyberterrorism, and civil liberties online. Students will be expected to write a paper on an approved topic and present their paper to the class.
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