Intl Communications: Regulation & Policy (LAW-795CP-001)
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This course will provide students with an introduction to International Communications Regulation and Policy with a focus on Information Communications Technologies (ICTs). The course is divided into three parts. The first part will set the scene by examining the historical evolution of ICTs through the present; the principal international and national players involved in the regulation of ICT services; and the technologies involved in the provision of ICT services. The second part will consider the main legal and regulatory aspects relating to the provision of ICTs, including conceptual models for regulatory oversight; licensing and allocation of scarce resources; competition and interconnection; and the advancement of public interest objectives, such as universal service. The third part will address a number of current issues affecting ICTs, including Internet governance; intellectual property; cybersecurity; cyber-bullying; trans-border data flows; net neutrality; national security and law enforcement interests; data protection and safe harbors; and privacy, including the emerging right to be forgotten. The International Communications Regulation and Policy course is meant to provide students with employable skills in the realm of communications policy and regulation. The world of international communications technology and its institutional framework is expanding and offers a wide range of potential employment opportunities. The Program on International Communications Regulation and Policy was created through a partnership with the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO) and therefore brings not only an academic but also a practical perspective to this field. The information provided in this will be extremely valuable for anyone willing to enter into the field of communications law, especially in international or governmental organizations, multilateral development banks, government agencies and private sector.
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