Social and Legal Aspects of Technology

Course Code: 
Spring Semester
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Course Outline

Students are introduced with IP Law (Copyright, Patents etc emphasis to computer programs, databases); they learn the importance of IP rights as intangible assets important for businesses. Then, the course focuses on how the Law regulates electronic transactions, from e-commerce (how to set up an online store and what are the consumer rights) to the specific issues of everyday life such as online payment (credit cards and digital currencies), advertising, but also e-government and bitcoin. Furthermore, the issue of the responsibility of ISPs is examined. The students are also made familiar with the law regarding confidentiality of communications, the importance of privacy protection and the limits of freedom of expression. In addition, one of the key aspects of the course is the regulation of personal data. Finally, the students discover the concept of cybercrime and the types of e-crime, focusing on sensitive issues related to everyday life as well as on the security of systems. Exploring the way in which ICT has influenced culture, emphasizing the cultural heritage and the impact (positive and negative) of ICT on cultural diversity also falls within the objectives the course. By the end of this study, students acquire a comprehensive picture of the social and legal aspects of ICT and are able to answer crucial social and legal issues.

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