Legal aspects of digital technologies and robotics: rights, governance and regulation

Daniele Ruggiu
Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies

The aim of the course is to introduce the student to an early consideration of legal aspects of digital technologies and robotics in the design. The student will learn how digital technologies and robotics may affect individual rights such as privacy, self-determination, personal integrity and how the assessment of risks of their breach can strengthen the design of a product. A general overview of anticipation governance, Responsibile, Reserach and Innovation, privacy by design, GDPR, will be provided.

- Introduction to technology governance models
- Overview of the current EU governance arrangement on robotics and digital technologies
- The model of Responsible, Research and Innovation and cases of technology failure due to the breach of individual rights.
- Rights and legal aspects involved by robotics and digital technologies
- Assistive technologies, bodily integrity and self-determination.
- Applications of AI systems at the workplace and privacy.
- General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and privacy by design.
- Guest teacher: Giorgia Guerra "Self-driving vehicles, safety and responsibility issues"
- Guest intervention: "Regulation, Robots, and Rights" by Roger Brownsword

Introductory reading
Holder C., Khurana V., Harrison F., Jacobs L. (2016) Robotics and Law:
Key Legal and Regulatory Implications of the Robotics Age, Computer
Law & Security Review 32, pp. 383-402.

Course requirements

Examination modality

Course material, enrollment and last minute notifications
Made available by the teacher at this Moodle address

8 April 2019, 10:00-12:00
9 April 2019, 10:00-12:00
10 April 2019, 10:00-12:00
11 April 2019, 10:00-12:00
15 April 2019, 10.00-12:00 (prof Roger Brownsword)-> cancelled for health issues of the speaker;

Meeting room of HIT centre, via Luzzatti 4

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