The transformation of business, government and culture to digital processes and virtual spaces creates new business and governance opportunities and introduces a range of new risks. This subject introduces a range of trust, privacy, ethics and governance challenges arising from digital practices, including legal and ethical considerations relevant to the spread of technology and its concomitant effects on the collection, storage and use of information. Using a transdisciplinary, case-based approach, students will analyse significant controversies from a range of disciplines whilst applying a multi-disciplinary perspective. Topics to be canvassed may evolve as the law develops and, in light of what is topical at any given time, may include the legal and ethical issues surrounding such matters as: data privacy, and the collection, processing and use of personal data; the protection of intellectual property rights in areas such as computer programs, new inventions and designs through patent, copyright, and design protection; cybersecurity and cybercrime; issues surrounding the rise of algorithms, including through blockchain/distributed ledger technology; the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning; and the potential liability of social networks over the spread of sensitive or inaccurate information. This subject prepares students not just to understand where the legal ramifications of an organisations’ digital practices may lie, but more broadly to assist organisations in producing strategies and solutions for effective economic, political and social processes.
1. Explain the role of ethics and trust in the digital society. 2. Identify the range of legal issues relevant to an organisation’s practices with regard to personal data and privacy. 3. Describe the various ways that the law protects new creations. 4. Identify and discuss emerging legal and ethical issues in the digital landscape. 5. Critically analyse an existing or hypothetical problem arising from a range of topics and evaluate potential courses of conduct in light of relevant legal and ethical principles.
|Withdraw – Financial?||12/06/2021|
|Withdraw – Academic?||03/07/2021|