Computers, Crime and Privacy Seminar
[Students are encouraged to suggest more]
Richard Epstein of Chicago and Kathleen Sullivan of Stanford have some
on the DOJ position on encryption. They go through many of the constitutional
and practical issues we have discussed.
revision to UCB 2B has been attacked asamong other thingsan
expansion of contract law that ought to be preempted by copyright law. Boalt
is holding a conference
on the subject the weekend of April 25th.
Ron Rivest, the "R" in RSA, has a new
approach to the problem of keeping messages secret--and one that may
not be covered by current export law.
An Appraisal of Technologies
of Political Control: Consultation version of working document prepared
for European Parliament by its Directorate General for Research Scientific
and Technological Options Assessment (STOA)
An interview with a
former NSA director on the subject of encryption. Best quote: "99%
of the American public has no idea what crypto is."
culture is alive and well--boasts and all--CNN on teens hacking the
of the dangers of pedophiles on the Internet. Out of 23 "children"
in an internet chat room, 22 were pedophiles and one was an FBI agent.
for sending hate EMail
legislation to require libraries using federal money to connect to the
internet to provide filtering software to protect children.
Dorothy Denning co-authored an article looking at cases where encryption
interfered with a criminal investigation. A summary,
of cases, some commentary,
and part of an online discussion
involving Denning, are all webbed.
Archives and Collections of Links
- Americans for Computer Privacy is a new organization for computer privacy,
with an interesting home page.
- Softwar provides
the internet with the benefit of the Freedom of Information Act--lots of
dirt about government, crypto, industry etc. Some of it might be true.
- CyberWire Dispatches
is a good place to keep up to date on Cyberspace issues.
- The homepage of the Electronic Freedom
- EFF Archive
of lots of interesting stuff.
- Archives (and current issue) of the EFFector,
the EFF newsletter.
- The home page of the National Research Council's Committee
to Study National Cryptography Policy.
- Computers and academic freedom archive,
including computer porn faq.
- WIRED magazine index of
Privacy Resources. Lots of stuff, information on legislation, articles
from Wired, responses from people involved in the debate. Homepage of Lance
Hoffman, author of that book you're using. He is apparently the chair of
George Washington University's Institute for Computer and Telecommunication
Hacker Crackdown/Steve Jackson Links
CDA and Porn on the Net
- Cybersitter says
it provides software to keep children from reading obscenity online. It
has been the target of criticism as "censorware" by peacefire, a teen run organization supporting
online free speech, and a recent charge of mailbombing
someone who sent its president a critical EMail.
- Cybersitter is using legal threats to try to keep secret the list of
sites that it bans. Some of the threats are aimed at an 18 year old college
student and his web
- The Loudoun Country, Virginia, library system is under
fire for using filtering software to control patrons' access to the
- Material on the case of Jake
Baker, who was arrested for posting a sexually explicit story whose
victim had the name of one of his female classmates.
- Loving v Boren
is a case upholding the Universityof Oklahoma's restrictions on access
to certain newsgroups.
- An extensive debate
on the Rimm Study of online pornography--which, according to whom you
believe, was or was not a scam.
- Some information on the legal status
of the communications decency act--which was arguably a result of the
- Federal Communications
Law Journal should have: The Legislative History of Senator Exon's
Communications Decency Act: Regulating Barbarians on the Information Superhighway
- The full text of the government's Supreme
Court brief in defense of the CDA.
- The Computer Decency
Act and a recent constitutional challenge to it.
- A brief
in support of the CDA.
- The ACLU's brief
in Reno v ACLU.
- A Reno v. ACLU amicus
brief filed by NY attorney Jamie Stecher on behalf of Jon Lebkowsky
and Site Specific Inc.
- An amicus brief filed
by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
- The final Department of Justice Brief
in ACLU v Reno--the CDA case.
- The oral
arguments in ACLU v Reno.
- Sex, Laws and Cyberspace.
Links to Computer Crime Info
Last Year's Current
The Year Before Last's Current Interest links:
- A good summary of the final version of the digital wiretap bill can
be found at this
- For Yahoo's index of material on security and encryption issues, go
- The case for Clipper is at: this
- Minnesota sets out to police the Internet -- all of it. Read about
it at this link.
- A new online computer law journal is at this
- Verisign's project to provide the world with digital signatures is
at this link.
Annoy.com (which in addition to
being frivolous is suing Janet Reno to challenge the constitutionality of
Among these images is a print of Manet's "Olympia"
When this now famous nude was unveiled in 1863, it caused an outrage because
of its blatant sexuality. (From Carl Kadie's FAQ on school policies re internet
pornography). (Unfortunately, all you get is a small greyscale version).
on shrink-wrap licenses.
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