[The] Internet and U.S. National Security (20355). 2 units. This seminar will examine national security issues related to the Internet and digital communications, broadly conceived. The focus will be on the tensions between (1) U.S. operations (military, intelligence, economic), interests, security (including economic security), and regulation, as they relate to the Internet, and (2) foreign and global operations, interests, security, and regulation, as they relate to the Internet. Topics will include the impact of the Snowden revelations, international law related to electronic surveillance, national law enforcement and the cloud, the territoriality of data, MLATs, the global element of the encryption debate, offensive cyber operations and international law, private regulation of global internet issues (by, e.g., ICANN, IETF, and IT firms), and global financial regulation of Internet transmissions. The reading will be on the heavy side. Students will write eight 2-3 page reaction papers on the weeks of their choosing and, for an optional extra unit, a paper on a topic related to the seminar. Prerequisite: a course or seminar in national security law or international law or cybersecurity; or experience in a topic related to the class. Enrollment limited to twenty. Permission of the instructor required. J. Goldsmith.
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