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Internet Tech & Governance (LAW-795IG-001)
Kathryn Kleiman

Meets: 06:00 PM - 07:50 PM (T) - Yuma - Room YT15

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The internet connects over four billion people to communication and commerce, yet few know how it works or who governs it. This class will focus on the operation of the internet and the private organization that runs it. While beneficial for any future lawyer, the class is ideal for students preparing for a practice in intellectual property law, technology law or communications law, and looking to practice in a law firm, as in-house counsel, with a public interest group or as a government attorney. No previous technology background required. The course will help students understand the technical infrastructure of the internet; introduce students to the private organization, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). ICANN runs the internet and its cooperative model for policy-making with businesses, technologists, public interest groups and governments all having equal standing. Students will explore some of the global rules created by ICANN, which impact speech and commerce, along with millions of domain names and a billion websites on the internet every day. Readings will be provided (no textbook required) and work will be done in three projects during semester (no final paper or exam).

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First Class Readings

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