Investigate the intersection between digital technology and the questions it poses for law, regulation and ethical responsibility.
Many industries and professions are adopting digital technologies on an unprecedented scale, revolutionising workplace practice. The changes occurring are largely positive, but as with any rapid change on such a large scale, the law must also evolve and ideally stay on the front foot – anticipating new situations, while identifying the legal implications of widespread technological disruption.
By studying a Graduate Certificate in Data and New Technology Law, you will be prepared to face the challenges of managing legal risks in an environment of widespread adoption of digital technology. A core area of investigation is the interaction between digital technology and the questions it poses for law, regulation and ethical responsibility.
The course will explore the ethical ramifications that accompany the enhanced capabilities of digital technology and data acquisition, particularly legal issues around privacy, security, ownership and accessibility of information, in the context of digital disruption more broadly.
Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Data and New Technology Law, graduates will be able to assess and manage legal risks regarding digital technology, and possess a thorough understanding of the ethical and legal implications of digital technology within workplace and professional contexts.
This unit is an introduction to legal process within a digital context, in which students will learn skills to analyse the laws, legal principles and regulations that govern data use in light of emerging technologies. If you are entering the course without having previously studied law, this unit will help you build a foundation in understanding common law and the implications of its application with a transitional digital context. If you have studied law or have previous legal experience, this unit will extend your understanding of law into the digital space, with an emphasis on understanding the transnational nature of digital technologies and the implications for both national and international law. You will have the opportunity to research multiple sources in order to identify and respond to legal risk in authentic digital technology scenarios.
Data privacy and security are critical areas of legal risk in the digital era. In this unit students will develop an awareness of how workplace data use is effectively regulated to protect the privacy of people’s data. You will have the opportunity to examine both national and international data collection obligations, with an emphasis on the key responsibility of data custodians to secure data to prevent unauthorised use. You will also develop your ability to synthesise knowledge from various legal sources to identify legal risks in a digital data-driven context.
Digital technologies provide us with seemingly limitless access to images, books, articles, music and other creative works. As positive as this is, it has also blurred the clarity around whether the content we access digitally is legal or not. In this unit, students examine how the law protects the rights of content creators through legal mechanisms such as copyright, and how these mechanisms have been transposed into a digital context. You will learn about the restrictions on accessing works owned by others and the scope of fair use laws, as well as the potential legal liabilities that may arise. You will also develop an understanding of the legal mechanisms that can protect the innovative digital content individuals produce.
The emergence of new digital technologies has prompted the need for existing law to be re-interpreted and applied to a context in which there are unique legal and risks associated with these technologies. In this unit you will examine specific digital technologies, for example artificial intelligence and machine learning, computer and robotics, and the digital application of cryptography with the rise of electronic commerce and digital cryptocurrencies. In many instances these and other new technologies are affecting society in ways previously unimagined and unaccounted for in existing law and regulation. You will learn to re-interpret and apply existing legal and regulatory frameworks and ethical principles to data use and digital technology. In this way, you will be on the forefront advising both technology developers and users in your organisation to prioritise safety and data protection through effective and ethical regulation.
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