Smart cities, artificial intelligence and digital transformation law

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
1. Knowledge and understanding. The course aims to provide students with a full knowledge of the main legal issues related to the use of new technologies and their evolution, through three macro-themes: smart cities, artificial intelligence and the law in the ongoing digital and technological transformation. 2. Application of knowledge and understanding. The course will provide students with a complete knowledge of the subject in order to correctly interpret the political-social framework relating to new technologies. Students will become familiar with the technical terms related to the innovations of the field. 3. Formulation of judgments. The course aims to provide students with the ability to choose a correct use of technologies with reference to legal issues, with independent evaluation approaches and through the analysis of the legal framework of the different states, with particular regard to the evolution trends of the subject. 4. Communication skills. The course will give students the opportunity to present complex technological and IT-legal issues with language properties and with clarity. 5. Learning skills. The course aims to provide students with a concrete improvement in their advanced computer-legal skills with a very rapid learning curve and with the possibility of immediately using, even outside the university context, the concepts learned. The course has also the specific purpose of giving students: a thorough knowledge of the topics covered by the course, both from a technical and legal point of view, on the assumption of the acquisition of the first basic elements during the previous university career; the ability to critically address issues and resolve legal issues through the revision of the concepts learned; strengthening the technical and IT language relevant to the subject, in English; the ability to link the different topics in order to elaborate useful proposals for the solution of concrete cases, also through casuistic cutting lessons carried out with the active participation of the students.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student who has successfully learned the subject will have an in-depth knowledge of the topics of the course, with the acquisition of a reasoning method suitable for dealing with more specific and complex IT-legal subjects with respect to institutional notions.
Course syllabus and organization

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Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
The course aims to provide students with a complete knowledge of the main legal issues related to new technologies and their evolution, in order to allow independent evaluation procedures, useful for the future professional context. The program will be divided into twenty two-hour lessons, during which the Professor will focus on the importance of Smart Cities and the impact of new technologies in all areas of society.
· First lesson (2 hours): The rule of law in the digital transformation age: global trends 2020-2050.
· Second lesson (2 hours): Machine learning and IA (history).
· Third lesson (2 hours): The use of IA in the Information society.
· Fourth lesson (2 hours): IA for Data protection.
· Fifth lesson (2 hours): Surveillance and security.
· Sixth lesson (2 hours): Drones and the law.
· Seventh lesson (2 hours): Cambridge Analytica and big data issues.
· Eighth lesson (2 hours): Smart cities.
· Ninth lesson (2 hours): Protecting critical infrastructures.
· Tenth lesson (2 hours): Internet of things.
· Eleventh lesson (2 hours): E-democracy: the government with algorithms.
· Twelfth lesson (2 hours): IT in developing countries.
· Thirteenth lesson (2 hours): Technologies and human rights.
· Fourteenth lesson (2 hours): Legal tech: Predictive theories and technologies in Courts.
· Fifteenth lesson (2 hours): Cryptocurrencies.
· Sixteenth lesson (2 hours): Open source and free software.
· Seventeenth lesson (2 hours): Sharing economy & digital single market.
· Eighteenth lesson (2 hours): Industry 4.0, robots and law.
· Nineteenth lesson (2 hours): Information warfare and lawfare.
· Twentieth lesson (2 hours): Computer ethics.
Prerequisites for admission
There are no particular pre-requisites for adequately addressing the contents of the course. The first lessons are, in fact, dedicated to an introduction to the themes that can guarantee a basic preparation for the whole class.
Teaching methods
The Course consists of 40 hours of classroom lessons held by the Professor.
Teaching Resources
The material to be studied will be indicated in class.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final exam takes place orally in the exam session, with a question consisting of at least three questions on three different parts of the program. At the end of the course, it is possibile for the student who attended at least 75% of the lesson hours to have the exam in the form of an essay or a Multiple Choice test with 30 multiple choice questions, depending on the student's preferences
IUS/20 - PHILOSOPHY OF LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 42 hours
Professor: Ziccardi Giovanni