Law 386 - Digital Technologies and the Constitution

Faculty listed in alphabetical order – please see faculty specific description for requisite information.

J. Villasenor


General Course Description:

This course addresses some of the most pressing and interesting constitutional questions raised by new technologies. Issues to be considered include the tension between anonymous speech and allegedly defamatory speech, digital privacy in light of a technology environment in which mobile devices and cloud storage are playing an increasingly dominant role, and the right against compelled self-incrimination in the context of government attempts to force suspects to provide the government with access to electronic devices. The course will also consider artificial intelligence (AI) in relation to 1) the due process questions arising from the use of AI in criminal justice, 2) the challenge of identifying and eliminating AI bias, and 3) the question of copyright for works “authored” using artificial intelligence.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
John Villasenor 21S 386 LEC 1 R 8:25 AM - 10:25 AM 2.0 Yes No
  Prerequisite: Law 148. Constitutional Law I. Pre- or Corequisite: Law 201. Constitutional Law II, Law 202. Criminal Procedure: Investigations, or Law 214. Civil Rights.
Previous Course Offerings:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
John Villasenor 19S 386 LEC 1 R 8:25 AM - 10:25 AM 2.0 Yes No
John Villasenor 20S 386 LEC 1 R 8:25 AM - 10:25 AM 2.0 Yes No
  Prerequisite: Law 148. Constitutional Law I.