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The Laws of Digital Data, Content and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Gain in-demand legal expertise by understanding the law on big data, digital technology, and artificial intelligence.

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The Laws of Digital Data, Content and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

5,693 enrolled on this course

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Delve into the legal challenges of today’s digital world

Our economy now relies on digital data, and artificial intelligence is playing an increasing role in our lives. From new chatbot models like ChatGPT to targeted advertising and virtual assistants, we are surrounded by technology using data and AI.

On this three-week course from the University of Law, you’ll be introduced to laws and legal concepts governing the digital economy. As you discover the latest developments in copyright law and data protection, you’ll hone your legal analysis and your grasp of digital ethics.

You’ll start the course with an introduction to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). You’ll learn how to analyse data protection laws, and explore how intellectual property applies in the digital world.

You’ll also be invited to develop an opinion on contentious legal issues, including the EU Copyright Directive and the liability of online platforms.

Explore thorny issues of AI regulation and AI ethics

In Week 3 of the course, you’ll reflect on the complex ethical issues surrounding artificial intelligence. You’ll review the law as it stands, and discuss what future laws could be developed to better regulate AI.

You’ll finish the course with legal expertise in a cutting-edge field of contemporary law, and an understanding of some of the most important ethical issues in society today.

What topics will you cover?

  • Personal data laws
  • Digital intellectual property
  • Liability of online platforms
  • Laws applicable to AI

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Evaluate the General Data Protection Regulations
  • Identify the data protection laws
  • Describe the liability of online platforms
  • Evaluate the new copyright directive
  • Investigate the law associated with Artificial Intelligence

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for postgraduate students with an interest in both law and technology.

It will also be useful for qualified and trainee lawyers, as well as developers, technologists, engineers, and other digital professionals, who want to gain a deeper understanding of legislation around new technologies.

Who will you learn with?

I'm a New Zealander who lives in the UK. I've been advising clients about the laws of cyberspace for over 25 years both as a partner and a general counsel. Now I'm a teacher of cyberlaws at ULaw.

Who developed the course?

The University of Law

The University of Law is one of the UK’s longest established specialist providers of legal education, believing that students should learn in a realistic, professional and contemporary context.

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