This seminar will focus on significant legal, operational and policy issues arising from evolving global cyber threats and related technological issues, such as the Darkweb, encryption, and cybersecurity. The course will be taught by two instructors who work as federal prosecutors and policy advisors and collectively have hands-on experience investigating cybercrime, providing guidance to law enforcement investigators on technology issues, participating in the interagency policy process, developing and evaluating legislative proposals, and training foreign law enforcement partners. While the course will focus on challenges to federal law enforcement, it will also include in-depth perspectives from other significant stakeholders. Throughout the seminar, students will gain expertise in the legal framework and technical background that is necessary for effective advocacy – whether from a policy or litigation perspective – on the most challenging and controversial issues at the intersection of cyber threats, technology and security.
The course will consist of four components:
- Technology and Threat Landscape. The current cybercrime threat landscape, with a necessary focus on technological architecture and recent permutations.
- Legal Framework. The relevant constitutional and statutory legal framework attendant to combatting cybercrime and technological threats.
- Operational Case Studies. How cybercrime investigations are currently conducted, with a focus on tactics and practical considerations.
- Policy Challenges. Novel and emerging policy challenges relating to evolving technological trends.
Grading will be determined primarily based on a final paper. Significant weight will also be given to an in-class presentation and class participation.