IT Law 2
2018/2019, Semester 1
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, and electronic commerce. (Intellectual property law issues are addressed in "IT Law I", and privacy and data protection issues are addressed in “Privacy and Data Protection Law”. In addition, issues brought about by the use of AI and big data analysis will be addressed in "AI, IS & the Law".)
Last year, our topical focus was on fintech. The aforesaid discussions provided us with the background to analyze and review the laws and regulations (or lack thereof) relating to virtual currencies such as BitCoin and Ethereum, distributed ledger technologies (DLTs), smart contracts and other electronic payment platforms. We may revisit the same topical focus for this module this year.
Based on the selected topical focus, students will team up to work on issues within the topic 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 5-4 (Block B), every Friday, 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.
Introduction to Technology & Memes
- no classes
Electronic Evidence & Discovery
Electronic Commerce & Electronic Signatures
Introduction to Virtual Currencies and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs)
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 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 5% of the final grade as part of each student’s class presentation.
More details about the presentation topics will be released in due course. Last academic year, the class focused on developments in fintech.
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 16 Nov 2018 (Fri) at 9 am. 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