Hard Cybersecurity Tradeoffs

Hard Cybersecurity Tradeoffs

Professor Jack Goldsmith
Spring 2018 seminar
Th 5:00pm - 7:00pm
2 classroom credits

Prerequisite: Previous study in national security law or cybersecurity or a closely related field, or practical experience in national security law or policy, is a prerequisite for the seminar.

Permission of the instructor is required. To apply, students must submit a resume, transcript and statement of interest to Jan Qashat (qashat@law.harvard.edu) no later than November 15, 2017.

Exam: No Exam

This seminar will explore hard problems and hard tradeoffs in cybersecurity, broadly conceived. It will analyze in depth why it is so hard to defend digital networks, and then ask how their insecurity might require significant changes in U.S. domestic law and foreign policy. Among other things, the seminar will examine whether the proper response to the DNC hack is for the United States to temper its aggressive offensive cyberoperations abroad and alter its “open internet” foreign policy commitments; whether and to what extent the National Security Agency should be more involved in defending domestic networks; and how the United States might need to rethink its First Amendment principles in light of the dangers posed by modern social media.

The class will have outside speakers with expertise in various fields. Students will write eight short papers in response to the reading.

Subject Areas: Intellectual Property, Cyberlaw and Technology, and Arts & Entertainment, Criminal Law & Procedure, Government Structure & Function