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Law and Technology MFJ300

This course introduces students to a various set of legal norms which regulate today’s digital world.

The digital realm is an essential part of our everyday lives - and of the global economy. Since the widespread adoption of the Internet in 1990s, the need to regulate certain aspects of digital interactions became apparent. Yet, developing rules which could be universally applied proved to be a challenging task.The course will have a heavy emphasis on challenges posed by new technologies, such as machine learning and AI. We will explore topics such as: digital contracts, consumer protection in the digital world, protection of personal data and regulation of online platforms.


Course description for study year 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.

Facts
Emnekode

MFJ300

Versjon

1

Vekting (SP)

10

Semester undervisningsstart

Autumn

Antall semestre

1

Vurderingsemester

Autumn

Undervisningsspråk

English

Learning outcome

Knowledge

Upon completion of this course, the student will have acquired knowledge of:

• Digital contracts and use of technology for negotiating, entering into and checking compliance with contracts

• Rules on sales of digital goods and services

• Consumer protection and fair marketing online

• Subject matter of copyright and related rights, as well as system of international treaties for protecting copyright

• Protection of computer databases and computer programs

• Core issues in privacy and data protection, with focus on lawfulness of processing of personal data under GDPR

• Regulation of cybersecurity obligations

• Regulation of online platforms, including rules on net neutrality, intermediary liability and cross-border content portability

• Legal challenges posed by emerging and new technologies

Skills

Upon completion of this course, the student will have learned how to:

• recognize core issues stemming from the use of digital services;

• identify core problems related to offering goods and services online;

• provide advice on digital contracting;

• recognize subject matter subject to copyright and trademark protection, and understand the general scope of exclusive rights conferred on owners;

• provide advice on lawful use of computer databases and computer programs;

• give advice on legal basis for processing of personal data under GDPR;

• apply legal methodology to recognize problems stemming from use of new technologies.

Content

The course will contain the following topics:

• Digital contracts. Sale of digital goods and services.

• Consumer protection and fair marketing of products online.

• Copyright. Subject matter and scope of protection. Exclusive rights. Scope of international treaties.

• Protection of computer programs. Database protection.

• Trademark law. Digital branding.

• Introduction to privacy. GDPR. Personal data. Core terms.

• The legal basis for processing of personal data under GDPR.

• Digital platforms. Liability rules and intermediary liability. Net neutrality and cross-border content portability.

Required prerequisite knowledge
At least 50 credits in legal subjects and further be able to refer to knowledge in Legal Method.
Eksamen / vurdering
Vurderingsform Vekting Varighet Karakter Hjelpemiddel
Individual written exam 1/1 3 Hours A - F Lovdata

Coursework requirements
There will be one written assignment which the students must hand in in order to be allowed to take the final exam. The assignments will be discussed in class later on.
Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Milos Novovic
Course coordinator: Lana Bubalo
Method of work

Estimated workload

Videos  2 hours - for introduction and expectation regulation, and for repetition purposes

Reading of curriculum 72 hours - everyone has to read the specified curriculum before class

Lectures 36 hours 

Group work/ written assignment 32 hours (work in groups, individual hand-ins, review in class)

Self-study 80 hours

Exam 18 hours

Administrative work 10 hours

Open for
Business Law, Master's Degree Programme
Course assessment
Students will have the opportunity to give feedback on the course first in an early dialogue, and then in a written course evaluation at the end of the course.
Literature
The syllabus can be found in Leganto