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Tech project 1: Create a GPG key and upload it to the keyservers
There are a number of tools available to Linux users including many different plugins for popular email clients. I recommend using the enigmail plugin for the Thunderbird mail client as a place to start. Install both tools as you would any other software and then take a look at this quickstart guide from Enigmail: Enigmail quick start
The GPGTools project maintains an easy installer for GPG and instructional materials for generating a key and uploading it to the keyservers. Take a look at their homepage for the software and a video explanation, then refer to their Where do I start? guide for more detailed instructions.
The GPG4win project maintains an easy installer for GPG and instructional materials for generating a key and uploading it to the keyservers. Take a look at their homepage for the software, then refer to their Gpg4win Compendium guide for more detailed instructions.
In addition to the on-line material contained or linked here, we will be reading Robert O'Harrow's book No Place to Hide (2006), which should be available at the Columbia bookstore, and can also be bought from, for example, Amazon.
This seminar is an attempt to learn about, understand and predict the development of law in a rapidly changing area. We must assemble the field of knowledge relevant to our questions even as we begin trying to answer them. Wiki technology is an ideal match for the work we have in hand. Below you will find an introduction to this particular wiki, or TWiki, where you can learn as much or as little about how this technology works as you want.
For now, the most important thing is just that any page of the wiki has an edit button, and your work in the course consists of writings that we will collaboratively produce here. You can make new pages, edit existing pages, attach files to any page, add links, leave comments in the comment boxes--whatever in your opinion adds to a richer dialog. During the semester I will assign writing exercises, which will also be posted here. All of everyone's work contributes to a larger and more informative whole, which is what our conversation is informed by, and helps us to understand.
Please begin by registering. I look forward to seeing you at our first meeting on the 17th.
Introduction to the CompPrivConst Web
The CompPrivConst site is a collaborative class space built on Twiki [twiki.org], a free software wiki system. If this is your first time using a wiki for a long term project, or first time using a wiki at all, you might want to take a minute and look around this site. If you see something on the page that you don't know how to create in a wiki, take a look at the text that produced it using the "Edit" button at the top of each page, and feel free to try anything out in the Sandbox.
All of the Twiki documentation is also right at hand. Follow the TWiki link in the sidebar. There are a number of good tutorials and helpful FAQs there explaining the basics of what a wiki does, how to use Twiki, and how to format text.
From TWiki's point of view, this course, Computers, Privacy, & the Constitution, is one "web." There are other webs here: the sandbox for trying wiki experiments, for example, and my other courses, etc. You're welcome to look around in those webs too, of course. Below are some useful tools for dealing with this particular web of ours. You can see the list of recent changes, and you can arrange to be notified of changes, either by email or by RSS feed. I would strongly recommend that you sign up for one or another form of notification; if not, it is your responsibility to keep abreast of the changes yourself.