MSIT 455: Law and Information Technology

Quarter Offered

Fall : Saturday, 9:30am-12:30pm, Second 5 weeks ; Peter DiCola, Ph.D


This course addresses the legal context in which the IT industry and its professionals operate. We start with the classic regulation of network operators (telecom and Internet operators) and move to current public regulation of applications and service providers, on issues such as intellectual property, privacy, and security. We also examine issues that IT professionals address internally to companies, such as responding to litigation holds and electronic discovery, managing workplace privacy, and complying with Sarbanes-Oxley requirements. Finally, we talk about the impact that IT makes on some traditional legal problems that companies face, such as electronic contracting and electronic marketing. The course will not only present the current legal rules, but will also cover both the underlying policy arguments and the best practices for compliance.

Faculty Profile

Peter DiCola, Ph.D