E-Commerce: Doing Business on the Internet
CPSC 155b, Spring 2003

Instructor: Joan Feigenbaum

Lectures: 1:00-2:15pm TTh
Classroom: TBA
Cr/D/F: No
Starred: No
Distributional Group: IV

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Short Bio of Professor Feigenbaum

Joan Feigenbaum is a Professor in the Computer Science Department at Yale University. She received a BA in Mathematics from Harvard and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford. Between finishing her Ph.D. in 1986 and starting at Yale in 2000, she was with AT&T, most recently in the Information Sciences Research Center of the AT&T Shannon Laboratory in Florham Park, NJ. Her research interests include Internet algorithms, computational complexity, security and privacy, and digital copyright. Her current and recent professional service activities include Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cryptology, Board of Directors Member for the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, member of the NAS Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, Program Chair for the 2002 ACM Workshop on Digital Rights Management, and Tutorial Chair for the 2003 ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce. Professor Feigenbaum is a Fellow of the ACM.

Note to CS155 students: Do not send e-mail to Professor Feigenbaum, who suffers from Repetitive Strain Injury. Contact her through the TA or her assistant, Judi Paige (see below).

Prof. Feigenbaum's Office Hours:  Room: AKW 512
Tues. 4-5pm
Thurs. 11am-12 noon 

Prof. Feigenbaum's Assistant:  Judi Paige
Room: AKW 507a
Phone: 6-1267
E-mail: judi.paige@yale.edu

Teaching Assistant:  Vijay Ramachandran
Room: AKW 412
Phone: 2-7037
E-mail: vijayr@cs.yale.edu

TA Office Hours:  Mon. and Wed. 3-4pm

Brief Description

Introduction to Electronic Commerce. Emphasis on Internet business. Underlying technological developments. Business models. Legal, social, and political implications.

Expanded Description

Computers, communication networks, and a wide variety of newer, rapidly developing technologies are an increasingly important part of the ways in which individuals, companies, and organizations of all kinds conduct business. These technological changes present challenges that must be faced not only by techologists but also by lawyers, policy-makers, economists, entrepreneurs, ethicists, and many other stakeholders. Potential topics to be addressed from both technical and non-technical points of view include but are not limited to:


No formal course pre-requisites other than computer literacy and Internet literacy. Non-science majors are welcome.

Course Requirements

Some reading assignments will be taken from the course textbook, Trust and Risk in Internet Commerce, by L. Jean Camp (MIT Press, 2000). A preliminary online version is available.

Previous Renditions of CS 155

This course was taught in Spring 2001 and Fall 2001. The lecture notes, reading assignments, homeworks, and exams are available at the Spring 2001 website and Fall 2001 website. The class will be slightly different this semester; use these old materials for background information only.

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