IT LAW II
2016/2017, Semester 1
Modular Credits: LL4077V ( 5 ) / LL5077V ( 5 ) / LL6077V ( 5 )
This course examines, primarily from the perspective of the regulator, but also from the perspectives of 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 and digital discovery, electronic commerce, digital currencies, privacy and data protection and digital surveillance, unsolicited messages ("spam") and autonomous devices. (Intellectual property law issues are addressed in "IT Law I".) Students who are interested in the interaction between law, technology and policy will find this course useful.
NUS Compulsory Core Curriculum or its equivalent..
Students who are taking or have taken LL4077.
SR 4-2 (Block B), every Thursday, 12 pm - 3 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.
11 Aug 2016
Introduction to Technology & Memes
18 Aug 2016
25 Aug 2016
1 Sep 2016
8 Sep 2016
Electronic Commerce & Electronic Signatures
15 Sep 2016
Privacy and Data Protection #1
22 Sep 2016
29 Sep 2016
Privacy and Data Protection #2
6 Oct 2016
13 Oct 2016
20 Oct 2016
27 Oct 2016
3 Nov 2016
17 Nov 2016
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 25% 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 rotating group of commentators 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. Every student will get to be a commentator. The performance of each student in the commenting group will make up the remaining 5% of the final grade as part of the student’s class presentation.
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 is a suggested list of topics.
Rethinking the “subjectivity-oriented” approach to the regulation of cybercrimes
The case for (or against) computer simulations as evidence in a court of law
The case for (or against) the protection of consumer interests online
The case for (or against) Singapore’s use of the EU model for data protection
The case for (or against) the opt-out model for regulating unsolicited commercial messages in Singapore
The case for (or against) the regulation of “Fintech”/digital currencies (e.g. BitCoin)
The case for (or against) the regulation of autonomous vehicles/drones
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 17 Nov 2016 (Thu) 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