Here’s a draft day-by-day schedule for the course. I’ll be updating this as we go, so check back here for the latest version of the schedule throughout the semester.

The “Modality” column describes how we will conduct class that day.

  • Hybrid = I will be teaching class from Buttrick 301, and all students are encouraged to participate in person. However, I’ll make remote participation available for students who can’t be there.
  • Zoom = I will be teaching class on Zoom. Check Brightspace for the Zoom link.
  • Async = On asynchronous days, students will have a set of activities to complete, but we won’t be meeting synchronously as a class, either in person or on Zoom.
  • TBD = To be determined
Week Date Topic Modality What’s Due
1 Mon, 1/25 Course Introduction Hybrid
Wed, 1/27 Substitution Ciphers Hybrid Introductions
Fri, 1/29 Classical Cryptography Hybrid Singh Ch. 1 &
Quick Survey
2 Mon, 2/1 Modular Arithmetic Hybrid Bookmark
Wed, 2/3 Privacy & Surveillance (Part 1) Async Async Activities
Fri, 2/5 Decimation Ciphers Hybrid 99pi: Perfect Security
3 Mon, 2/8 Prime Numbers Hybrid
Wed, 2/10 Zodiac Ciphers Async Async Activities
Fri, 2/12 Transposition Ciphers Hybrid Problem Set #1
4 Mon, 2/15 Frequency Analysis Zoom (Snow)
Wed, 2/17 Little Brother (Part 1) Async Async Activities
Fri, 2/19 Who’s Winning? Zoom (Snow) Singh Ch. 2
5 Mon, 2/22 Flex Day
Mastery Quiz #1
Hybrid
Wed, 2/24 Little Brother (Part 2)
In-Class Reading Day
Zoom Little Brother
Fri, 2/26 The Vigenère Cipher Hybrid Problem Set #2
6 Mon, 3/1 Paper Workshop Hybrid Draft of Paper #1
Wed, 3/2 Writing Day Async
Fri, 3/5 Breaking the Vigenère Hybrid Paper #1
7 Mon, 3/8 The Friedman Test Hybrid
Wed, 3/10 Revision Workshop Async
Fri, 3/12 Crypto Goes to War Hybrid Singh Ch. 3
Problem Set #3
8 Mon, 3/15 Code Girls Async Paper #1 (Revised)
Wed, 3/17 Privacy & Surveillance (Part 2) Async
Fri, 3/19 Breaking the Enigma Async Singh Ch. 4 and Ch. 5
9 Mon, 3/22 Podcast Workshop #1 Hybrid
Wed, 3/24 Computer Ciphers Async
Fri, 3/26 RSA Encryption (Part 1) Hybrid Singh Ch. 6
10 Mon, 3/29 RSA Encryption (Part 2) Hybrid Problem Set #4
Wed, 3/31 Podcast Workshop #2 Async Podcast Sources
Fri, 4/2 Privacy & Surveillance (Part 3) Hybrid Singh Ch. 7
11 Mon, 5/5 Podcast Workshop #3 Hybrid Podcast Outline
Wed, 5/7 Crypto Hunt
In-Class Reading Day
Zoom
Fri, 5/9 It’s Complicated Hybrid boyd Ch. 2
12 Mon, 4/12 Citizenfour TBD Podcast
Wed, 4/14 Snowden Async
Fri, 4/16 Cyber Crime Hybrid Problem Set #5
13 Mon, 4/19 Paper Workshop Hybrid Paper #2 Outline
Wed, 4/21 Big Data Async LL: Chris Gilliard
Fri, 4/23 Apple vs. the FBI Hybrid
14 Mon, 4/26 Paper Workshop Hybrid Paper #2
Wed, 4/28 Privacy & Surveillance (The Debate) Hybrid
Fri, 4/30 Course Wrap-Up Hybrid

Please note that the final version of your second paper will be due Thursday, May 6th.