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Fall 2019

Course Description
Using the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative as a case study, this course will teach students how to address a contemporary social problem using a three-pronged approach: law, policy, and technology. The course will focus on countering the problem of technology-facilitated abuse. Readings and guest speaker topics will cover timely, significant issues regarding each of the three prongs: In law, we will focus on First Amendment doctrine, harassment laws, “revenge porn” laws, privacy laws, and the Communications Decency Act Section 230. In policy, we will explore the various approaches to online abuse taken by civil liberties groups, privacy watchdogs, and educational institutions. In technology, we will examine reforms regarding online abuse made by major technology companies and social media platforms (including Google, Facebook, and Twitter) and the continuing challenges they face. Students taking Law, Policy, and Technology also have the option of taking the Cyber Civil Rights Practicum either in the same semester or a later semester.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-12-2019 - 11-21-2019   M  9:00 AM-10:50 AM F408

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: No
Method of Evaluation:
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes: None
Course Delivery:

Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
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Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: Internet Law: Cases & Problems
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Required
    Author: James Grimmelmann
    Publisher: Semaphore Press Inc
    Edition: 8th Edition
    ISBN: 978-1943689064
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: - Mary Anne Franks, Revenge Porn Reform: A View from the Front Lines, 69 FLA. L. REV. 1251 (2018) (Link: - Dr. Holly Jacobs, Being A Victim of Revenge Porn Forced Me To Change My Name, XO Jane, (2013) (Link: - Kristen Brown, Why did it take so long to ban revenge porn? Fusion, June 29, 2015 ( - SHIELD Act (2019) ( - Uniform Civil Remedies for Unauthorized Disclosure of Intimate Images Act (2018) ( - Cyber Civil Rights Initiative Website (familiarize yourself with site generally) (

    All available online (links provided)

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Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-5345
Office: G385