IT LAW II
2017/2018, Semester 2
Modular Credits: LL4077V ( 5 ) / LL5077V ( 5 ) / LL6077V ( 5 )
This course examines, from the perspective of the regulator, a technology content or service provider, and a user, the legal and policy issues relating to information technology and the use of the Internet. Topical issues examined include cybercrimes and cyber-security, electronic evidence, digital surveillance and digital discovery, electronic commerce, and privacy and data protection. (Intellectual property law issues are addressed in "IT Law I", which is not available this AY. In addition, issues brought about by AI and big data analysis have been addressed in "AI, IS & the Law", and will not be addressed in this module.) All this discussion will provide us with the background to analyze and review the laws and regulations (or lack thereof) relating to virtual currencies such as BitCoin and Ethereum, and distributed ledger technologies (DLTs). Students will then team up to work on other topics and present their thoughts and findings to the class. Students are expected to have a reasonably firm grounding and understanding of information technology to make the most out of this module. In addition, students who are interested in the interaction between law, technology and policy will find this course useful.
NUS Compulsory Core Curriculum or its equivalent.
A good understanding of information technology and a willingness to explore and learn.
Programming skills are not a must but would be very helpful.
Students who have taken LL4077 or its equivalent.
SR 5-5 (Block B), every Wednesday, 9 am - 12 pm
Teaching involves a mixture of seminars and student presentations. In seminars, the lecturer will alternate between lecturing, conducting discussions and engaging in problem-solving, with a high level of participation required from all students.
Students are expected to have done the assigned readings before classes.
In addition, students are expected to participate in various graded presentations on selected topics.
17 Jan 2018
Introduction to Technology & Memes
24 Jan 2018
31 Jan 2018
7 Feb 2018
14 Feb 2018
Electronic Commerce & Electronic Signatures
21 Feb 2018
Virtual Currencies and DLTs
28 Feb 2018
7 Mar 2018
Privacy and Data Protection
14 Mar 2018
21 Mar 2018
28 Mar 2018
4 Apr 2018
11 Apr 2018
25 Apr 2018
Every student is expected to have reviewed the reading materials in advance and be prepared to engage in discussions on the various issues in every seminar. The qualitative performance of every student will accrete through the seminars and will make up 10% of the final grade.
The in class seminar presentation and commentary will make up 30% of the final grade as follows.
Depending on the final class enrolment, all students will form themselves into groups of between 5 and 7 students. Each group will select and present a topic. The presenting group will research on the topic in question and present its findings and its analysis of the issues in class. Each presentation is expected to last about 1 hour. The performance of each student in a presenting group will make up 20% of the final grade as part of the student’s class presentation. However, these grades may be recalibrated as they are subject to the results of a peer review survey to be completed by each student of every group,
A group of commentators drawn from the non-presenting students will review in advance the presenting group’s presentation, provide a 15-20 minute commentary on the presentation and engage the presenters with their own research and analysis. The performance of the commenting group will make up the remaining 10% of the final grade as part of each student’s class presentation.
Within the scope of this module, each group may formulate its own presentation topic, but every suggested topic is subject to approval by the lecturer. (This is necessary to avoid overlapping coverage by the presenting groups and also to ensure that every presentation topic is equiparate in terms of its focus and scope of work.)
The following are some of the topics addressed by the previous class.
The case for (or against) the protection of consumer interests online
The case for (or against) the opt-out model for regulating unsolicited commercial messages in Singapore
The case for (or against) the regulation of autonomous vehicles
The case for (or against) the regulation of electronic discourse during elections
The case for (or against) the Prevention of Harassment Act
Every student will submit a 6,000 word written assignment comprising 60% of the final grades for this module. The assignment will be based on one of the questions that will be set regarding the topics covered in this module, either by way of seminars or presentations. The student is not limited to choosing a question based on his or her presented topic.
The deadline for the assignment is 25 Apr 2018 (Wed) at 11 pm. Submissions will be via IVLE.
Further instructions will be released in due course.
Workload Components : A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week