6.S978 Privacy Legislation in Practice: Law and Technology


Graduate H-Level
Units: 2-0-10
Prerequisites: none
Instructor: Prof. Hal Abelson
Schedule: Thursday 3-5, room 9-152
This course will be taught jointly at MIT at Georgetown University Law School and classes will meet via videoconference.  The aim of the course is to have law students and technology students jointly explore in-depth current issues in privacy policy and to propose policy solutions in the form of legislation that could be adopted by state governments. The course will pair law students at Georgetown Law with technology students at MIT to form at least five interdisciplinary teams, each consisting of two law students and two MIT students.  Each team will be assigned a specific question of public policy, and over the course of the semester the team will be responsible for preparing a detailed legal assessment of the policy question, the technological frameworks and challenges associated with the policy question, and formulating policy and technological recommendations to address the question in the form of draft state legislation.