CCTP-658 ICT Law & Policy
Fall for 2017-2018
* Fulfills Research Methods Requirement
The rise of complex digital networks and devices pose a significant challenge to law and policy. Longstanding legal and regulatory regimes are often difficult to apply to today’s complex technologies, and law often struggles to keep pace with rapid innovation. The globalization of information and communications networks create political tensions about how to govern information flows across borders. The ability of both firms and governments to collect, store, combine and analyze personal information create valuable new services as well as significant risks to privacy, civil liberties and human rights.
The ICT Law and Policy course introduces ongoing and anticipated ICT policy issues, emphasizing both legal and technological foundations. The role of code, technical design and private ordering in policymaking will also be explored. The course objectives are to give students the foundational skills to analyze legal texts (cases, regulations and statutes), be able to communicate effectively about legal and political aspects of technology, to engage in the national and global ICT policy debates to come, and to firmly understand the underlying technologies from which these issues arise. Weekly participation and blog entries will drive the classroom discussion. Assignments will include one debate (with accompanying written materials), a short mid-term exam and a final exam.
Topics include governance of network architecture, free expression and access, intellectual property, consumer privacy and security, liability protections for intermediaries, liability for insecure systems and defective information, government surveillance, computer crime, trans-border data flows, and international information policy.
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