Unit Digital Media Law

Course
Public, digital and corporate communication
Study-unit Code
GP003655
Curriculum
Media digitali
Teacher
Benedetto Ponti
Teachers
  • Benedetto Ponti
Hours
  • 42 ore - Benedetto Ponti
CFU
6
Course Regulation
Coorte 2023
Offered
2023/24
Learning activities
Caratterizzante
Area
Discipline della comunicazione pubblica e d'impresa
Academic discipline
IUS/10
Type of study-unit
Obbligatorio (Required)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
International and Erasmus students are invited to attend the
course. Readings and other teaching materials are also available in
English language; Written and/or oral examinations, as indicated in the teaching program, can be supported in English. Contact the
tescher for a meeting in the first week of the class.
Contents
- The physical and logical infrastructure of digital media.

- The right to information in the digital paradigm

- EContent and intellectual property protection

- The injury of honor and reputation in digital media

- The protection of privacy in the digital environment

- The secrets of the confidentiality of the public authorities and the challenge of digital media
Reference texts
1) The teacher provides specific references to the attending students.
Reference book for not-attending students:
Mensi, Falletta. Il diritto del web, Cedam, 2018 AND (only for student not attending to couse lessons)

2) one to be chosen from the following

Private Power, Public Interest: An Examination of Search Engine Accountabilit by Emily B. Laidlaw, http://ijlit.oxfordjournals.org/content/17/1/113.full
Defining ‘journalism’ in the age of evolving social media: a questionable EU legal test, Flanagan http://ijlit.oxfordjournals.org/content/21/1/1.full

AND

3) one to be chosen from the following

ANONIMATO, RESPONSABILITÀ, IDENTIFICAZIONE: PROSPETTIVE DI DIRITTO COMPARATO, E. Resta https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_C2Hy3Dsji8VEwzX05ZWUV6VE0/view?usp=sharing
SCHEMI LEGALI E OPPOSTE TENDENZE GIURISPRUDENZIALI IN TEMA DI RESPONSABILITÀ CIVILE DELL'INTERNET PROVIDER, Tescaro https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_C2Hy3Dsji8SDRFSkdBWl9qclk/view?usp=sharing
DIRITTO DI ACCESSO AD INTERNET E GIUSTIZIA COSTITUZIONALE. UNA (PRELIMINARE) INDAGINE COMPARATA, Passaglia http://www.giurcost.org/studi/passaglia.htm
Educational objectives
At the end of the course, students will have acquired the ability to analyze infrastructures, tools and cases of communication in a web environment, from a legal standpoint. They will also have acquired the ability to render an independent judgment about the strategies of approach to the management of legal problems related to the use of tools and platforms for information and communication on the web, also highlighting the levels of responsibility on the playground, and available alternatives.
Finally, students will also have tried and tested several ways of expression, which allow them to independently manage communication on the course topics.
Prerequisites
For attending the course the study the basics of constitutional law, with specific (but not exclusive) reference to the sources of law and fundamental freedoms.
It can be a useful familiarity with the basics use of digital media, in particular the ability to create and nurture small websites or blogs with tools such as wordpress or blogger or another, through which you can perform exercises and workshops led by the professor.
Teaching methods
The course is held through lectures and practical training. The teacher, after introducing and framed the main topics under study (lectures), discusses the problematic issues with the class, also with the help of didactic materials (available in advance through web platforms). In the second half of the course, students are then invited, individually, to deepen individual issues, also through an autonomous work of recruitment and selection of materials useful for this purpose, and to realize a draft to be be exposed in class or a dissemination project to be implemented in web environment.
For example, in 2016-17 the class created this publication: https://medium.com/argomenti-di-diritto-dei-media-digitali


During the lessons will be held some seminars on issues more topical, with the help of guest speakers from industry experts.
Other information
Further information can be found on the website www.benedettoponti.dirittodeimediadigitali.it
Learning verification modality
Modalità di valutazione:

Assessment methods:

The course includes two different moments of evaluation.

Lessons generally closes with a written examination, consisting of a mix of multiple choice and open-ended questions. The duration of the test is commensurate with the level of difficulty and the commitment required, and is between 1 hour and 1 hour and half. It takes place generally at the end of the lessons.

In addition, students are required to perform some insights on specific aspects (which changes every year), on which they are then asked to perform individual presentations, or to carry out a project to put online. This test requires a personal work, the students have to carry out in part with the teacher, and partly independently, and can take a few days of work.

The written test is aimed at verifying that students have learned the main legal issues, which are specific of the interactions of the digital environment, as well as the basic rules dell'infrastrttura web. The thematic studies are intended, instead, to stimulate critical and conscious use of the concepts learned by comparing with actual cases and the development of solutions in line with the digital environment.

The final evaluation is made by the teacher, based on a consideration of the summary results of the written exam and the exercise of individual study.

STUDENTS NOT ATTENDING LESSONS.
Given that the frequency of lessons is highly recommended, students not attendig, take the exam orally.Modalità di valutazione:

Assessment methods:

The course includes two different moments of evaluation.

Lessons generally closes with a written examination, consisting of a mix of multiple choice and open-ended questions. The duration of the test is commensurate with the level of difficulty and the commitment required, and is between 1 hour and 1 hour and half. It takes place generally at the end of the lessons.

In addition, students are required to perform some insights on specific aspects (which changes every year), on which they are then asked to perform individual presentations, or to carry out a project to put online. This test requires a personal work, the students have to carry out in part with the teacher, and partly independently, and can take a few days of work.

The written test is aimed at verifying that students have learned the main legal issues, which are specific of the interactions of the digital environment, as well as the basic rules dell'infrastrttura web. The thematic studies are intended, instead, to stimulate critical and conscious use of the concepts learned by comparing with actual cases and the development of solutions in line with the digital environment.

The final evaluation is made by the teacher, based on a consideration of the summary results of the written exam and the exercise of individual study.

STUDENTS NOT ATTENDING LESSONS.
Given that the frequency of lessons is highly recommended, students not attendig, take the exam orally.
Extended program
The course aims to provide students with the necessary coordinates to orientate in issues involving the legal aspects of the regulation and use of the media and communication in the digital environment.


The physical and logical infrastructure of digital media and legal impact
a) Internet network governance: actors, rules, procedures
b) Net neutrality, competition and regulation.
c) The legal guarantee of access to the net.

Freedom of information and its limits in the internet age
a) freedom of speech: does the digital environment have different limits?
b) the freedom to be informed: what about pluralism?
c) Attempts to regulate the cd. disinformation

Liability and the role of Internet service providers
a) the relevance of the logical and technological infrastructure in the liability system.
Discipline models: USA and EU.
b) The Italian regulation: articulation of liability and jurisprudential applications
c) regulation of user responsibility by social networking platforms

Identity, confidentiality and protection of personal data on the net
a) Anonymity and the net: is there a right to remain hidden?
b) management of massive personal data: chronicles of a transatlantic dispute.
c) Does the network forget? Forgetting and erasing at the time of Google
d) Big data, algorithms and artificial intelligence, the risks for the protection of confidentiality

Information and journalism on the web
a) The discipline of printing in the digital ecosystem
b) The (problematic) notion of "act of journalism" in the digital environment

a. The physical infrastructure and logic of digital media.
- Convergence, indifference, neutrality
- law of the net

- Antitrust law


b. The right to information in the digital paradigm
- From scarcity to abundance
- The new bottlenecks
- The access to the network (and access to social networking platforms)
- The digital divide

c. eContent and intellectual property protection
- The intellectual property rights and the information society: the conflicting interests
- Procedures involved in the protection of copyright
- Software
- Databases

d. The defamation and libel in digital media



e. Privacy in the digital environment
- Social media and processing of personal data

- Big data opportunities, risks&rules?


f. The secrets the confidentiality of the public authorities and the challenge of digital media

g. The exercise of the right to information in new media
- New Journalism
- The responsibility of the journalist, the freelance and the blogger
- What limits?

h. information and communication of the public authorities in the new media

- Multi-channel logic and the role of social media networks
- Public Services?
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