21210230-2 - Fondamenti giuridici della digitalizzazione – Modulo 2

Legal foundations of digitalisation (IUS/01 – IUS/09 – 12 hours)

The course is basic and therefore no prerequisites are required.

It deals with the study of the fundamental legal principles and categories that revolve around the phenomenon of the digitization of society, the development of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Digital Coins and Crypto-assets, Blockchain and Smart Contracts.

This with particular regard to the sources of private and public law, to the technological innovation, to the organization of relations on the Internet and in online-markets.

In Private Law lessons will focus on the main legal problems of the digitalization through the basic categories of the fundamental rights, subjects and juridical situations, objects, autonomy of parties, specific contracts and liability.

In Public Law the aim of the course itself is to provide students with an overview of the main issues of public relevance in particularly advanced technological sectors, which are often not yet specifically regulated. The legal aspects related to the spread of new technologies, with particular reference to the sources and legal consequences of the development of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, as well as of the Virtual Currencies and Blockchain, will be explored.

It will be also investigated the structure and the effects of online democracy, i.e. that form of participatory and/or direct democracy, which makes use of modern information technologies and the legal problems posed by the collection, interconnection and the use of large amounts of information, with regard to the right to the privacy and data security.
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The technological factor and its impact on fundamental freedoms; Sovereignty and power in the digital age; the right of access to the internet and new rights; net neutrality between fundamental rights; electronic communications and disciplines envisaged; freedom and secrecy of communications in the time of the web; freedom of movement in the internet age; freedom of association in the internet; freedom of expression and information on the internet; competition and pluralism; audiovisual content and freedom of expression of thought on the internet; internet and the constitutional re-educational function of punishment; knowledge and education on the Net; right to health and e-health; protection of personal data and employer control; protection of copyright and right to information on the Net; economic freedoms and internet; electronic voting within the framework of digital democracy;

Core Documentation

Lecture notes
Rights and freedoms on the internet
Curated by Tommaso Edoardo Frosini, Oreste Pollicino, Ernesto Apa, Marco Bassini
Le Monnier publisher
Last edition


Course attendance is recommended

Type of evaluation

Oral examination