Other sources

 [readings fromMassachusetts Institute of Technology – Fall Semester, 2005- MIT 6.805/6.806/STS085: Ethics and Law on the Electronic Frontier – Privacy and Transparency]



·  Todd Lappin, The First Amendment, new media, and the Supreme Court. This note from Wired in spring 1996 summarized the issues the Court would have to consider in the (then upcoming) challenge to the Communications Decency Act.


·  The message in the medium: The First Amendment on the information superhighway Harvard Law Review, March 1994. This is an examination of the role of technology in the First Amendment treatment of media.


·  Public Networks and Censorship. This is a talk by University of Waterloo Professor Jeffrey Shallit at the Ontario Library Association meeting of January 15, 1995. Note "Shallit's Three Laws."

  • Wired Magazine displays the Gucci look for cyberspace (and Hal wrote this before they were purchased by Condé -Nast), with almost as many fonts per issue as the MIT Admissions Office's publicity booklet. You'll have to dig up more serious material for the course, but Wired is OK for general reading and there are occasional excellent articles.
  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation maintains extensive on-line archives. These will be useful throughout the semester, especially the collections on Legislation and Legal issues, and the Privacy, Security, Crypto, and Surveillance Archive. You should also check out current and past issues of their newsletter, the EFFector.
  • The Center for Democracy and Technology is an organization concerned with civil liberties in computer and communcations technologies. Their home page is a good place to look for information on current legislative action.
  • The Electronic Privacy Information Center Is a public-interest group that deals with civil liberty issues relating the National Information Infrastructure. It is also the Washington Office of Privacy International. There are good on-line collection on computer security, privacy, cryptography policy, and free speech.
  • Lexis/Nexis: Law review articles, court rulings, and many other resources can be found in Lexis-Nexis Universe. Subscriptions to Lexis/Nexis are licensed by institutions and are restricted. The links to Lexis/Nexis resources in this archive work at MIT only — they can be accessed only from within the MIT network. Other people who wish to get hold of the Lexis/Nexis material cited in this archive will need to arrange for their own access.
  • The US Congress Thomas (Jefferson) public information system provides keyword searches of the Congressional Record.