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master degree course in COMPUTER SCIENCE

Course year 1
Teaching units Unit Diritto dell'informatica e delle nuove tecnologie
Related or Additional Studies (lesson)
  • TAF: Supplementary compulsory subjects SSD: INF/01 CFU: 6
Teachers: Simone SCAGLIARINI
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Exam type oral
Evaluation final vote
Teaching language Italiano
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At the end of the course the student will be able to understand the legal implications of information technologies and will know the basic notions of the applicable regulations.

Admission requirements

The course requires knowledge of the fundamental legal notions of public (sources) and private (obligations and contracts) law.
However, since it is delivered as part of a master's degree course in Computer Science, it will be the teacher himself, in dealing with the individual topics, to provide in advance the basic concepts necessary for understanding the more specific teaching contents.

Course contents

The course will focus on the following program:
1. legal science and information technology: origins and development of information technology law; IT law and legal IT law;
2. constitutional freedoms and information technologies: digital citizenship and digital divide; right to access the Internet; e-democracy and electronic voting; freedom of expression online between fake news and the fight against hate speech;
3. constitutional rights in the IoT and smart cities: use cases;
4. public governance in the field og technology (Ministries and other Public Administrations and related competences)
5. digital administration and the related Code: IT document and electronic signatures, digital identity and online services, PEC and telematic communications, open data;
6. algorithmic decision and Artificial Intelligence;
7. contracts in the technological society: e-commerce, contracts for the supply of digital services;
8. electronic payments and digital money;
9. social networks and legal issues;
10. protection of intellectual property in the digital age: domain names, digital content, creative commons licenses, proprietary and open source software, databases;
The time devoted to individual topics, which tends to be uniform, may however vary according to the needs and interests expressed by the students in relation to their educational path.

Teaching methods

The course, delivered in Italian, includes 42 hours of face-to-face lectures, during which students are strongly encouraged to interact with the teacher. To the extent possible, lectures will be accompanied by discussion of case studies. Outside lecturers may be invited for in-depth study of specific issues.

Assessment methods

Assessment will be by oral examination (normally three questions) on the topics on the programme. Approximately, the duration is 25 minutes.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:
- to describe the main implications of information technologies on constitutionally recognized freedoms and rights.
- to identify the legislation applicable to emerging legal problems in relation to an IT issue.
- to illustrate the essential content of the regulations governing the cases analyzed in the course.
Applied knowledge and understanding:
- to interpret the content of a regulation in order to identify the application results in relation to a specific problem of IT interest.
- to apply the legal concepts learned to use cases, in order to identify a legally correct solution.
Autonomy of judgment
- to analyze and evaluate the main implications deriving from the application of a regulation to a specific case in the IT field.
- to hypothesize specific technological solutions that comply with current legislation.
Communication skills
- to clearly communicate the knowledge and the understanding skills acquired.
- to use correctly and appropriately the language, concepts and models acquired to discuss legal problems in the technological field.
Ability to learn
- to apply knowledge and understanding skills in order to deepen the relevant legal framework in relation to similar and/or complex cases.
- to independently update knowledge and understanding skills of the content of current legislation and subsequent amendments and additions.


Gli studenti possono preparare l'esame sui seguenti libri di testo:
F. Faini - S. Pietropaoli, Scienza giuridica e tecnologie informatiche, Giappichelli, Torino, 2° ed., 2021, ad eccezione dei capitoli 3, 9, 10, 11 e 12;
4 saggi a scelta dello studente dal volume T. Casadei - S. Pietropaoli (a cura di), Diritto e tecnologie informatiche. Questioni di informatica giuridica, prospettive istituzionali e sfide sociali, Wolters-Kluwer-Cedam, Milano 2021.
In ogni caso, gli studenti frequentanti possono utilizzare, in sostituzione dei libri di testo, le slide che il docente rende disponibili su dolly e gli appunti delle lezioni.