Information technology is affecting every aspect of our lives, transforming work, trade, communities, politics and governances. The law is called upon to respond to these changes, by applying old doctrines to the new information environment. At the same time, however, courts and legislatures are also playing a central role in shaping technological innovation, business models, social relations and political structures.
This course explores the complex relationship between law and information technology. It offers an in-depth exploration of some of the challenges to law in the digital era, emphasizing regulatory options and policy considerations. The study of law in the online environment will further enable us to address some jurisprudential questions and re-examine our premises regarding the law and how it operates.
Issues covered will include:, the rise of new intermediaries, online discourse and free speech, Net Politics, privacy and anonymity, regulation by design, private ordering, and innovation policy.