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QLLM359 Cyberspace Law: Protecting the Online Persona: Digital Rights in Cyberspace (Sem 1)

Module description

This digital revolution has had an enormous impact on fundamental rights such as freedom of expression, privacy, property and on concepts such as identity, autonomy and agency online. The Module will analyse (1) how the law protects these rights and balances them with the rights of others; (2) whether new fundamental rights should be recognized online and (3) how the law balances potential harms online with these rights. The Module will examine the relationship between law, technology and behaviour. It has a practical dimension by looking at liability relating to online communication and the management of that risk and by examining how these existing and emerging rights can be enforced (including for example the disclosure of a pseudonymous identity). It has a theoretical, law and policy dimension by examining concepts such as identity, privacy and autonomy and how these concepts relate to the law.

  • Abusive Communications and the Limits of Freedom of Speech: Abusive Communications, Harassment, Cyberbullying, Revenge Porn
  • Speech Harms, Content Regulation and Freedom of Speech Online
  • Racial and Religious Harmony and Freedom of Speech: Provocation?
  • Anonymous Speech and Disclosure of Identity
  • Privacy, Identity, Autonomy, Agency, Consent
  • Data Protection as a Fundamental Human Right
  • Defamation, Reputational Rights, Prejudicial Information and the Right to Be Forgotten
  • Online Profiling, Discrimination, Social Sorting and Autonomy
  • State Surveillance
  • Personality Rights Online
  • Access to the Internet as a New Fundamental Right
  • Virtual Property Rights
  • The Role of Online Service Providers
  • Protecting Consumers in the 21st Century.



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Mode of Assessment

2 x 3,750 word course essays


22.5 Credits

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