Week Thirteen: Going Dark

Tuesday, April 18th

  • No Class. The University if following a Monday class schedule. So Tuesday is a Monday.

Thursday, April 20th

  • Come to class we will look more at the dark web.

Due this week:

  • April 20th: Draft of your future privacy plan (400-600 words). See the assignment sheet for details.

Due the following week:

  • April 27th: Mock Congressional Hearing Opening Statement (journalist initial articles). See assignment sheet.

Week Twelve: The End is Near

Tuesday, April 11th

Thursday, April 13th

  • Mock Hearing and Privacy Plan Work Day
  • Reminder: Your list of resources you are using to research your role is do this day.

Week Eleven

Reminder by Tuesday send me your request for what roll you wanted in the mock congressional hearing. If you weren’t in class you probably want to find a friend and get their list of choices lest you get stuck with something you do not want.

Tuesday, April 4th

  • The Private Eye Read all of the issues, 1-10. Read: Note it is two separate volumes. Volume 1 is issues 1-5. Volume 2 is issues 6-10. This is a pay what you want graphic novel. Be nice to the artist.
  • Notes: Answer the following:
    • Like most works of fiction we are meant to closely identify with the protagonist, the Private Eye, yet he is clearly more complicated than a simple hero figure. What do you make of the Private Eye, in what ways do you sympathize with him, in what ways do you not. Do you end up hoping he suceeds in the end, or do you hope that he fails?
    • The novel is filled with many clever future projections, the press and the police being one, the wearing of masks, etc. Of these strange predictions which do you find the most interesting and thought provoking? what makes them stand out?

Thursday, April 6th

  • In class work on Mock Congressional Hearing Final

Week Ten

Tuesday, March 28th

  • Read: Data & Goliath Bruce Schneier Chapters 15 & 16
  • Notes: No reading notes. But, your privacy experiment proposals are due at the beginning of class.

Thursday, March 30th

  • Policy Final Assignment
  • In Class Research.
  • (No Reading or Notes)

Week Nine

Major Assignment: Reminder that your Privacy Philosophy is due on March 21st, print it out, bring it to class. You can find the assignment here.

  • Tuesday, March 21st
    • Blown to Bits Chapter 5. “Secret Bits: How Codes Became Unbreakable”
    • “Chatting in Secret While We’re All Being Watched”
    • If you still are struggling to understand this, this video might help.
    • Bring your laptops and phones to class.
    • Notes: No reading notes for these readings or films. You do need to make sure you have the following in your notes from Thursday’s class:
      – Threat Model: What information you care about keeping secure, and from whom?
      – How have your password techniques changes from what we talked about and worked on in class? What was easy? what was difficult?


  • Thursday, March 23rd
    • Room for Debate: Apple vs. The Law
    • “Apple CEO Tim Cook: Privacy is a Fundamental Human Right” Listen to the Interview
    • “This War on Math is Bullshit”
    • Questions for Notes:
    • 1. Whose argument do you find more convincing, Apple of the FBI? How do we go about balancing security of our devices, with law enforcements need to access information about criminal activities?
      2. The NSA has said they don’t believe Apple should be compelled to build the backdoor, and many have suggested that Apple could get the information from the phone without Apple and/or the information isn’t valuable? What’s going on here? Why would the NSA disagree with the FBI? and why would the FBI pursue this case if they don’t need the information? (Hint: You might have to do a bit of research to find out the answers to these questions, you can always start by DuckDuckGoing it, or Googling it if you must.)

Week Eight

 Note: Keep in mind you should have the DataDetox done by Thursday do only one step a day after the first three we did in class. If you weren’t in class you can print out the one above. If you were in class use the one I handed out. Take notes on what you did in the margins, things you struggled with, things you learned, etc. You can hand the completed ones out to be in class.

Tuesday, March 7th

  • Watch: CitizenFour film by Laura Poitras available on multiple platforms
  • Define: (No terms)
  • Questions: CitizenFour makes the argument that government surveillance in the United States has crossed a line, and is now harming both individual rights, and our social fabric. Do you agree with this analysis? If so what makes you agree? If not what makes you disagree? And most importantly what steps should be taken, that is if you think we need to scale back surveillance where should the line be re-drawn? or if you think the government should do more what more should it do?

Thursday, March 9th


Week Seven: Corporate Tracking

Assignment for Tuesday: Stalk yourself. Sign out of all your social media accounts so you can only see the public part of them. Then go to google and see by spending 45 minutes how much information you can find about yourself. Think of yourself as a “stalker” finding out everything you can. Then write this up, what did you learn, what tools helped you to learn this (beyond just Google).

Tuesday, February, 28th

* Watch: Do-not-Track the Documentary. To watch you should register for the site and get an email (you do not have to, but it works better if you do). Also if you have Ghostery or uBlock etc you should turn them off for this.

* Watch Episodes 1-5 and drill down (read some of the extra material) on one episode of your choice (3,4, or 5).

* Keyterms: Cookies, Profiling, UD-ID (related to smartphone), Big Data

* Question One: This documentary invesitgates a wide swath of privacy and tracking concerns. Of all the things highlighted in these episdoes which one thing concerns you most? what makes you pick that one?

* Question Two: From the episode you investigated further (3,4, or 5) what made you pick that section, and of the things you learned by investigating that one, what important things did you learn, that your classmates should also be aware of, that were not in the main episode?

Thursday, March 2nd

* Read: Pro Publica Breaking the Box

* This is really a series of four articles with activities and experiments. Read the articles and do the activities for each section write up a summary of what you learned after doing the activity.



More on Josh if you want to see what Josh is up to since the movie was made.

– [On Psuedo]

– [Where He is Now]

– [Kickstarter Project]

Week Four: Watching and Hiding

Digital Projects

Two Factor: Write in your notes two paragraphs about how your two factor authentication went? Which services did you set this up on? Did you encounter any difficulty? Is it something that you would use in the future? why? why not? Do you think others should use it?

Cameras Everywhere: There are cameras everywhere. Indeed they are so ubiquitous it is hard to to sometimes notice them, as they just seem so common. Your task for the next week is to document as many cameras as you can find. Try to notice them in a variety of places. Look on campus, look in stores, in public places. Notice the signs that often notify you that you are being filmed. Write these down, then make a list of them in your notes. Pick a day to try and be especially vigilant, record your whole day and see how little of the day you are not on camera. Do this from Feburary 2nd – 7th.

Tuesday, February 7th

  • Read:
    • “Discipline and Punish” Foucault
    • Similar to the Warren and Brandies this can be a challenging read. Plan accordingly. You want to print it out and bring it to class. Do not worry about understanding it 100%, instead focus on trying to get the overall argument. (Hint: The internet when used well is a great resource for understanding difficult things like this.)
    • Keywords: “the lock-up”, the leper, “panopticon” (as in the prison), police power
    • Questions: No questions, instead try to summarize in three paragraphs what you undersand this peice to be about as well as what you didn’t understand or what you are confused by/want more explination of.


Thursday, February 9th

  • Read: “I’ve Got Nothing to Hide” by Daniel Solove
  • Define: “Nothing to Hide” “Pluralistic Conception” “Smith v Maryland” “Secondary Use”
  • Question One: Solove has a lot of reasons that one might value privacy, as opposed to the simple one that you have something to hide. Which of these multiple reasons do you find most persuasive and why? which less so?
  • Question Two: How should we balance security with privacy?

Week Three: Legal History

Tuesday, January 31st



Keywords: gossip, “right to be left alone,” “Prince Albert vs. Strange” “public or general interest limit”


  • Warren and Brandeis argue that even though the consitution doesn’t explicitly say this, that there is a “right to privacy.” Do you think they are right? Do you think the Bill of Rights is really about privacy?
  • Compare the European Convention, and Universal Decleration’s stance on privacy, how does it differ from the American concept.

Thursday, February 2nd


  • “Chapter 4: Privacy and Freedom of Expression” Wack. Privacy: A Very Short Introduction


Keywords: “Debate of Great Interest,” “Consequentalism vs Rights Based,” “Market Place of Ideas,” “Time, Inc. vs Hill”


  • One: Where do you stand on Privacy versus Free Speech? What limits and boundaries ought to be set on these rights (or maybe you don’t think these are rights or there are limits)? In your answer be sure to frame your response in reference to Wacks, specifically in which approach you take (e.g. Consequentalism or Rights Based).
  • Two: What should we do about technology? How does a change in technology alter how we might think about balancing these two interests? Does the digital era mean we need to rethink our laws in regards balancing free speech and privacy? If so what do you think we should do?