Cyber Crime and Terrorism and Digital Law Enforcement
This course explores how a wired world has bred new crimes and law enforcement responses, and investigates how the computer has become both a tool of criminal activity and a target. It addresses such questions as how nation-states regulate the criminal conduct of noncitizens around the globe; what reasonable expectations of privacy are in cyberspace; and how control is shifting from traditional mechanisms of law enforcement to new regulatory regimes, including technology. Specific topics covered include the information environment as crime scene; computer use in traditional crimes like drug trafficking; extortion and securities fraud; hacking and identity fraud; the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act; the Electronic Communications Privacy Act; First Amendment issues; cyberterror; and “hactivism” and information warfare. No technical background is required, but familiarity with criminal procedure is preferred. Grades are based on an examination.