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Fall 2018-2019
COS 597J   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Advanced Topics in Computer Science - Computer Science for Public Policy and Law

Jonathan Mayer

This seminar prepares computer science graduate students and advanced undergraduate students to effectively engage on matters of public policy and law. The core of the course is a survey of computer science research that has successfully influenced government decision making or commercial practices. Topics include consumer privacy, data security, net neutrality, government surveillance, artificial intelligence fairness, election integrity, and cryptocurrencies. Assignments challenge participants to develop their own research interests into deliverables for public policy and law audiences.

Sample reading list:
Georgiev et al., The Most Dangerous Code in the World. ACM CCS 2012.
Narayanan & Shmatikov, Robust De-anonymization of Large Sparse Datasets. IEEE S&P 2
Acquisti et al., Privacy and Human Behavior in the Age of Information. Scienc
Mayer et al., Evaluating the Privacy Properties of Telephone Metadata. PNA
Feldman et al., Security Analysis of the Diebold AccuVote-TS Voting Machine.
Meiklejohn et al., A Fistful of Bitcoins. IMC 2013.

Requirements/Grading:
Other (See Instructor) - 100%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Prior experience in security or networking would be beneficial but is not required. The seminar is open to Junior and Senior students with faculty permission..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
24044 C01 10:40:00 am - 12:00:00 pm T Th   Sherrerd Hall   306   Enrolled:17 Limit:30