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CS491 Computing Law, Policy & Ethics, Spring 2013

(Special topics. Approval as permanent new course CS477, "Public Policy, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Computing, Privacy, and Security" nearly complete; awaiting final vote by UIC Faculty Senate, but will not be formally in place until after the semester.)
History will record what we, here in the early decades of the information age, did to foster freedom, liberty, and democracy. Did we build information technologies that protected people’s freedoms even during times when society tried to subvert them? Or did we build technologies that could easily be modified to watch and control?

Bruce Schneier, Crypto-Gram Blog, July 15, 2007

Team taught:

Prof. Richard Warner, Chicago-Kent/IIT School of Law.
Prof. Robert Sloan, UIC Computer Science Department.


Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00–3:15
Tuesdays: Kent Law School Room 170 (565 W. Adams St.)
Thursdays: UIC Lecture Center A4
(Center of block bounded by Halsted, Morgan, Taylor & Harrison, slightly closer to Taylor than Morgan)

(If combined enrollment goes under 30, we might move to the nicer Taft Hall Room 208, but it will be spec ically announced if we are moving.)

For UIC students, a Blackboard site will be used only to record grades.

Discussions, and posting of reading materials: For all students, we will make farily heavy use of a Piazza website for this course.


Main Syllabus for January 21 onward

  • Syllabus_2013_January_16.pdf: Syllabus for CS 491, draft version of Wednesday, January 16, 200. There will likely be some changes made as we go along.

Syllabus Addendum for Week 0 (January 15–17, 2013) for UIC students only

This week only we will not meet jointly with Chicago-Kent Law school students in the course. Both Tuesday and Thursday meetings will be in 208 Taft Hall (UIC), 2:00 to 3:15.

Week 0 Content: A crash course in American law:

  • Source of US law: 50 states and federal law.
  • Constitution vs. statute vs. regulations
  • The role of appellate courts in making law
  • The role of agencies
  • Criminal law, tort law, and contract law

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