Fordham University School of Law
Information Technology, Internet & Law
Professor Joel R. Reidenberg
Home page: <home.sprynet.com/sprynet/reidenberg>
This seminar will explore legal challenges presented by communications
and information technologies. The topics selected will include privacy
and global information networks, technology rights and network structure
and governance of transnational networks.
All course readings will be made available on this web page and through
discussion group which will be demonstrated during the first class
Students will need access to e-mail and the world wide web to participate
in the course. While e-mail and Internet access are available at
the school, it is highly recommended that students obtain an Internet service
provider account to assure reliable use throughout the semester.
Class will meet in Rm. 430A on Mondays, 12 pm - 1:50pm. Some
class sessions may also be held in Rm. 310; these will be announced in
Class Participation and Preparation
For the first part of the course, two students will be designated each
week as discussion leaders. Discussion leaders must post to the class
discussion group three questions or issues related to the assigned reading
and research one or two Internet links as supplementary readings in response
to those questions. The questions and link addresses must be posted
no later than 5pm on the Friday before class.
During the second part of the course, students will make presentations
of their papers. Each presenter must post to the discussion group
a short resume of the paper and links to any key supporting materials no
later than 5pm on the Friday preceeding the presentation.
Because the Internet faces traffic overloads and occasional server
problems, students should plan to access course readings well in advance
of class and post discussion questions and links before the deadline.
This course is a writing seminar. Each student is required to complete
a substantial research and writing project. Final papers must be
at least 25 pages or another single work of equivalent magnitude in an
electronic format. Early in the semester students will be asked to
make a topic proposal for instructor approval. Students will be required
to submit an outline and rough draft for comment during the semester.
The deadline for submission of final projects is April 26, 1999.
Any student wishing to present the final project in electronic form must
indicate the format on the topic proposal.
Grades will be based on the paper and class participation. Attendance
and advance class preparation are mandatory. Any student who is repeated
absent from class or regularly unprepared for class will be severely penalized.
My office is Room 334 and I can also be reached by telephone at ext.
6843. I will regularly be available on Monday both before and after
class for office visits as well as by appointment. In addition,
I will hold "virtual office hours" via e-mail, 24 hours/day at <email@example.com>.
Reading Assignments (to be supplemented during
Week 1: Introduction to the Internet (Jan.
Paper topic proposals due
at the start of class
Week 3: Jurisdiction (Feb. 1,
Week 4: Network Ownership and Liability
(Feb. 8, 1999)
Week 5: Information Ownership (Feb.
Week 6: Privacy (Feb. 22,
Week 7: International Data Flows
(March 1, 1999)
Weeks 10 - 14 (March 29, Apr. 7, 12, 19, &
Student paper presentations
Last modified: March 8, 1999
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