WWS 586F / COS 586: Information Technology and Public Policy

Princeton University

Spring 2009

Instructor: Edward W. Felten


The schedule and reading list are subject to change. Changes are especially likely before and during the first week. Please re-check this page periodically.

Feb 4Electronic Voting U.S. Election Assistance Commission, U.S. Constitutional Provisions [Regarding Elections]
Pew Center on the States, The Help America Vote Act at 5, 2007
Clive Thompson, Can You Count on Voting Machines?, New York Times Magazine, January 6, 2008
Feb 11Naming and Internet Governance Kathleen Fuller, ICANN: The Debate Over Governing the Internet, Duke Law and Technology Review, 2001
Kenneth Neil Cukier, Who Will Control the Internet?, Foreign Affairs, Nov./Dec. 2005.
Kenneth Neil Cukier, No Joke, Foreign Affairs online update, Dec. 28, 2005
Feb 18 Spectrum Policy Kevin Werbach, Radio Revolution: The Coming Age of Unlicensed Wireless, New America Foundation, 2004.
Gerald R. Faulhaber and David Farber, Spectrum Management: Property Rights, Markets, and the Commons, Telecommunications Policy Research Conference, 2003.
Drew Clark, Spectrum Wars, National Journal Technology Daily, Feb. 18, 2005.
Feb 25 Privacy Daniel J. Solove and Chris Jay Hoofnagle, A Model Regime of Privacy Protection (Version 3.0), Illinois Law Review, 2006.
Mar 4 Patents Cornell Legal Information Institute. Patent Law: An Overview.
James J. Bessen and Michael J. Meurer. Of Patents and Property. Regulation, Winter 2008-2009 issue.
Mark A. Lemley. Ignoring Patents. Michigan State Law Review, Vol. 2008, No. 19, 2008.
Mar 11 Copyright William M. Landes and Douglas Lichtman. Indirect Liability for Copyright Infringement: An Economic Perspective. U. Chicago Law and Economics Working Paper, Feb. 2003.
Supreme Court decision in MGM v. Grokster, 2005.
Mar 25 Competition Carl Shapiro, Competition Policy in the Information Economy, 1999.
Timothy F. Bresnahan, Pro-Innovation Competition Policy: Microsoft and Beyond, 2003.
Apr 1 Infotech in health care Hillestad, Bigelow, Bower, Girosi, Meili, Scovilld, and Taylor. Can Electronic Medical Record Systems Transform Health Care? Potential Health Benefits, Savings, and Costs. Health Affairs, 24(5):1103-17.
Taylor, Bower, Girosi, Bigelow, Fonkych, and Hillestad. Promoting Health Information Technology: Is There A Case For More-Aggressive Government Action?. Health Affairs, 24(5):1234-45.
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Nationwide Privacy and Security Framework For Electronic Exchange of Individually Identifiable Health Information. December 2008.
Apr 8 Network Neutrality Tim Wu. The Broadband Debate: A User's Guide. Journal of Telecommunications and High Technology Law, Vol. 3, No. 69, 2004.
Apr 15 E-Government Beth Simone Noveck. Wiki-Government. Democracy, Winter 2008.
Dvid Robinson, Harlan Yu, William P. Zeller, and Edward W. Felten. Government Data and the Invisible Hand, Yale Journal of Law & Technology, Vol. 11, 2008.
Apr 22 Computer Security Wikipedia entries for computer virus, computer worm, botnet
Douglas Barnes, Deworming the Internet, Texas Law Review, Vol. 83, No. 1, Nov. 2004.
Apr 29 Telecom, VoIP, and Wiretapping Federal Communications Commission, VoIP / Internet Voice Fact Sheet.
Orin S. Kerr, Internet Surveillance Law After the USA Patriot Act: The Big Brother That Isn't, Northwestern University Law Review, Vol. 97, 2003. (Part I (pp. 610-623) only)
Charlie Savage, Wiretaps Said to Sift All Overseas Contacts, Boston Globe, Dec. 23, 2005.
K.A. Taipale, Whispering Wires and Warrantless Wiretaps: Data Mining and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, NYU Rev. Law & Security, Spring 2006.