Project “X” – blog postings

What this project is about.

This page will be expanded as the project develops.

Project “X” (the final project) is in many ways a design-it-yourself project. You will propose, draft, and upload two (2) blog postings on cyberlaw topics of interest to you.

Educational outcomes.

The educational goals (outcomes) of this project are to:

  1. Allow you to select hot cyberlaw topics of interest to you.
  2. Learn more about your topics of interest.
  3. Add to the knowledge base of your classmates.
  4. Briefly discuss your topics with the class.
  5. Learn how to use the WordPress blog/content-management system and to draft postings.

What you will do.

First, your proposals. You should email me (by midnight EST on Friday, June 9, 2017) with 2-3 proposed topics for blog postings. Provide your proposed topics and a little bit about what you’d like to discuss in the postings. You should include links to any supportive information.

Second, you’ll discuss your topics. You’ll receive a date on which you’ll briefly present your topics to the class. This will give you an opportunity for feedback to help you in your drafting.

Third, your drafts. You will draft your two (2) blog postings using the WordPress blogging framework. In class, I’ll teach you how to use it.

Finally, your revisions and posts. You will revise your postings based on feedback I’ll provide. If your blog posting is approved, I’ll make it available publicly online.

Further guidance.

Fodder for topics. Your topics can be based on emerging issues, new laws, new cases, new technology, etc. Places to look include:

Your audience. Write for a general audience with little-to-no knowledge of the law.

What can be in your posting. Text, quotes, images, sound, video, etc. Any type of media that is supported by WordPress.

What you submit. For each of your two (2) blog postings, please submit to the class blog:

  1. In one blog document: the draft blog posting
  2. In a second blog document:
    1. Any comments and questions you may have for me
    2. A listing of all sources for your blog posting, including but not limited to sources of law, fact, and media.

Finally, you must hand in a signed paper attribution/certification form. To receive a score in any project, a certification form must be filled out and signed. Cf. FRCP 11(a). The Certification of Originality and Attribution can be found here. Attach to the certification form any and all pre-existing materials you used that cannot otherwise be discerned from your blog postings.

Due dates.

  • Friday, June 9: You should email me (by midnight EST on Friday, June 9, 2017) with 2-3 proposed topics for blog postings. Provide your proposed topics and a little bit about what you’d like to discuss in the postings. You should include links to any supportive information.
  • Spread over several weeks: You’ll receive a date on which you’ll briefly present your topics to the class. This will give you an opportunity for feedback to help you in your drafting.
  • Most likely one due week 4, the other due week 6: You will draft your two (2) blog postings. You will use the WordPress blogging framework. In class, I’ll teach you how to use it. Afterwards, you will revise your postings based on feedback I’ll provide. If your blog posting is approved, I’ll make it available publicly online.

To be added.

Information on avoiding conflicts with third parties, cautions about copyright, trademark, and defamation.

Posted May 30, 2017