|Law in the Information Age 2.0 - GENL0231|
This course will give students an overview of the operation of new media and communications services under Australian law, examining both the legal requirements and the policy reasoning behind the way in which media and communications are regulated.
It will cover five broad areas:
1. how laws are made, changed, interpreted and enforced, with cybercrime among the examples
2. laws governing licensing, ownership and control of telecommunications, radiocommunications and broadcasting enterprises, and whether these laws are appropriate and effective to deal with new technologies and services;
3. electronic commerce and what it means for business, consumers and the community;
4. restrictions on media and online content, including classification and censorship, and regulation of content; and
5. protecting intellectual property and reputation, covering copyright, trademarks, and defamation.
The 2.0 extension of this course also focuses on issues arising from the Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 phenomena of social networking, user generated content, mass personalisation, semantic net, and “the cloud”. These are addressed in workshops after each of the main classes.
[NB: this is a new 6 unit course in 2010.]
Executive director, Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre, Faculty of Law
Recommended Prior Knowledge
Basic awareness of the legal and regulatory system. While some knowledge of technologies is useful, there will be no assumption that students possess such knowledge prior to commencing the course. Basic legal knowledge can be covered by a short recommended text.
Media Diary - 30%
Course materials from UNSW Bookshop.
Announcements, detailed classes timetable, and further links are available at the courses' home page at www.cyberlawcentre.org/genl0231