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LUISS Guido Carli

Legal aspects of information technology

Programma

ProfessorGianluigi Ciacci / Eugenio Prosperetti
Course codeM072
General Discipline (SSD)NN
Course Year5
SemesterII Semestre
Course0
Teaching LanguageEnglish
Credits5
Total Workload111
Total Lesson Hours36
Course ContentsAdvances in Information Technology (IT) and the digital transformation of many private and public services create a brand new environment for citizens and organizations. In these settings new behaviors emerge at individual and organizational level which are shaped by IT artifacts.
Adopting the view of IT artifacts as socially constructed, the course intends to equip students with the ability to understand the main legal issues in the evolving digital environment and to potentially contribute to digital innovation processes. To reach this aim, the students will be required to deal with both theories and case studies.

The course covers four main areas:
1) Fundamentals of IT architectures and Business Information Systems;
2) Computer Law fundamentals;
3) IT trends;
4) Emerging legal issues.
Reference BooksOther Suggested Reading Book
Information Technology Law: The Law and Society (Law & Society), Andrew Murray, OUP Oxford, 3 edition (1 July 2016)
Course Formative ObjectivesThis course introduces students to the core issues related to the use of Information Technology (IT) by individuals and organizations with a specific reference to the legal issues arising from such use. Its purpose is to equip students with a critical understanding of the main legal questions, themes, and debates. Relying on an eclectic approach that integrates concepts from law, engineering, organization theories, information systems, the course’s specific learning objectives are:
• Developing an in-depth understanding of IT architecture and trends;
• Understanding the legal implications of IT for individuals with regard to their private life, work environment, commercial activities, and digital citizenship;
• Understanding the legal implications of IT for organizations with regard to their IT infrastructure, work environment, and commercial activities;
• Developing the ability to analyze legal issues in contemporary information society.
PrerequisitesStudents are expected to have basic knowledge of the topics addressed in the IT fundamentals and law courses.
Teaching MethodLectures
Seminars
Case studies
Group Presentations
Class Discussions
Project work

Course Policies. You must abide by University policy on academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, sabotage, falsification of material or information, bribery, as well as theft, damage, or misuse of University resources. Plagiarism and cheating indicate a lack of respect for ethical considerations and peer responsibilities and will result in an immediate failure grade for the course.

Being prepared for class. Students should be ready to discuss any assigned readings and to answer any assigned questions for each class session, including being ready to open a case assigned for that day. Attendance for the entire session at every class is mandatory; should an emergency situation arise, students must notify the teacher as soon as possible; attendance problems do not exempt students from turning in work on the due date; grade for participation will be affected by absences and late arrivals.
Assessment MethodFinal exam 50%
– Wiki development as an individual project work
– Oral discussion on
the project
work
– Critical
assessment of students wikis
- Top five take aways 5%

Team work executed during the course 50%
– Group presentations and discussions
– Lab activities
Criteria For Deciding On Subject Of Final PaperThe following items do NOT represent in any case criteria for the professor to supervise your final thesis: course’s grade, average grade, fluency, etc. The only criterion adopted is based on a priority list kept by the instructor considering the annual workload related to supervising students. Hence, “the sooner the better”.
Extended Program And Reference Reading Material
Week 1COURSE INTRODUCTION AND IT FUNDAMENTALS

Overview of the course, presentation of the lecturers and criteria for the students’ work assessment
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Information and communication technologies (ICTs) fundamentals
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Information and communication technologies implications for IT strategy and organization
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Week 2COMPUTER LAW FUNDAMENTALS

Introduction to Legal informatics and IT Law
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The history of IT Law
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Legal emerging issues relating to the use of information technology
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Week 3ORGANIZATIONAL, SOCIAL, AND ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Machine to machine (M2M) communications (‘the Internet of things’)
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Digitization, strategies, and organizational learning
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Ethics and information technologies and e-services
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Week 4DIGITAL IDENTITY IN THE ERA OF BIG DATA

The concept of Big Data
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Legal issues relating to electronic identification and authentication systems
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Trust services and eID in the digital single market
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Week 5ELECTRONIC EVIDENCES IN CIVIL PROCEEDINGS

Legal issues relating to the origin, integrity and authentication of electronic documents
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The Symmetric and Asymmetric Crtiptography and the hash function
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Legal value of the electronic document and electronic signature in civil proceedings
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Week 6INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN THE DIGITAL ENVIRONMENT

Objects of Copyright protection
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Copyright enforcement and the Internet
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Technological protection measures under copyright law
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Week 7DIGITAL CONTENT APPLICATIONS AND SERVICES IN THE ERA OF OPEN PLATFORMS

The digital single market for business and consumers
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Online licensing of digital content
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Cross-border portability of online content services
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Week 8PRIVACY AND DATA PROTECTION

Legal protection of Privacy, personal data and other fundamental rights
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Legal emerging issues relating to protection of personal data in social networks
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The right to be forgotten in the digital environment
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Week 9TRANSPARENCY AND OPEN DATA

The concept of open data
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Legal issues around open data
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E-democracy and open government
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Week 10CRIMINAL LAW AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Cybercrime
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Digital forensics in criminal proceedings
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Challenges for Criminal law enforcement against cybercrime
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Week 11ELECTRONIC COMMERCE AND ONLINE CONTRACTS

E-commerce overview and formation of online contracts
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Enforcement of online contracts
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Consumer protection and online contracts
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Week 12SERVICE CONTRACTS IN THE ERA OF CLOUD COMPUTING

The concept of cloud computing
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Cloud computing services
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Main aspects of cloud computing contracts
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