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Penn State
Lewis Katz Building, University Park, PA
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Credit Only: N Anon Gr: Y

This course will introduce students to the substantive and procedural law of computer crime.  By the end of this course, students will be able to articulate the principal cybercrime statutes.  They will also be able to explain the process, difficulties, and open questions involved in prosecuting perpetrators under those statutes.  The course principally covers three topics: (1) substantive criminal law, which considers the scope and structure of computer crime laws; (2) criminal procedure, which examines the constitutional and statutory boundaries that restrict the scope of criminal prosecutions and the methods used in pursuing them; (3) jurisdictional issues, which evaluate how competing jurisdictions (state vs. state, federal vs. state, U.S. vs. foreign, and government vs. private actors) might work to investigate and obtain redress for computer crimes.