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Technological innovation alters the commission, definition, and conception of crime. In some cases, computers, social media, and the internet have made existing criminal activity harder to detect or easier to commit. In other cases, they have created new forms of criminal activity that challenge longstanding views about the permissibility and punishment of human behavior. This course will address topics such as digital privacy, free speech, terrorism, cybersecurity, nonconsensual pornography, stalking, harassment, doxxing, and identity theft. It will examine questions of constitutional law, federal and state laws regulating online activity, and proposed legislation to criminalize different forms of digital abuse. The primary evaluative mechanism for this course will be an examination.

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