Alison Harcourt (University of Exeter)


From 14:55
to 16:25
From 14:55
to 16:25

Course description
This course will examine the Internet with key topics linked to global governance. The course will begin with a general history of the development of the Internet and how it is regulated at national, European and international levels. Then key topics will cover internet governance, copyright, privacy and data protection, the regulation of online platforms cybersecurity, state surveillance, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and human rights, Fintech and social media. In the context of multi-level governance, the focus will be on differences in regulation between Europe and the US, particularly in relation to private vs self-regulation.

Teaching and evaluation methods
The module will be taught through weekly seminars. These will be a mix of formal lectures – led by the coordinator, student presentations and discussion. The emphasis is on weekly seminar presentations; active seminar participation; seminar discussion on the development of ideas with regard to assessed work. Students will be expected to provide oral and written presentations and chair seminar discussions.

• 20% written presentation of 2,000 words
• 60% essay of 5,000 words
• 20% oral presentation (30 – 40 minutes)

One oral presentation and one assessed 5,000 word essay. A proposal for the essay is recommended in order to provide support and guidance to students before they submit their 5,000 word essay. This system provides support, feedback, and guidance to students before they submit their assessed essay.
Students are expected to be active in seminars. Every student is expected to read the Required Reading for each seminar. Over the course of the semester, each student will be responsible for preparing and delivering one oral presentation and submitting a written paper of the presentation, which will be assessed. If you are presenting or chairing, you are expected to read both the Required and Recommended Reading.
Each student will choose a week to lead the seminar with a presentation covering the topic and including the essential readings for the week. The oral presentation will outline the key debate(s) found in the Readings. The presentation should also highlight the broader questions addressed in the module. The essay should integrate both the Recommended and Required Reading.

Week of September 6: Introduction: presentation of the module
Week of September 13: global internet governance
September 20: copyfighters
Week of September 27: privacy and data protection
Week of October 4: the regulation of online platforms
Week of October 11: essay writing workshop
Week of October 18: Cybersecurity
Week of October 25: State surveillance
Week of November 1: the Internet of Things
Week of November 8: Artificial Intelligence and human Rights
Week of November 15: Fintech
Week of November 22: Social media and public opinion
Week of November 29: Europeanisation and globalisation
Week of December 6: remaining presentations
Week of December 13: review

Bailo, Francesco (2020) Online Communities and Crowds in the Rise of the Five Star Movement Palgrave MacMillan.
Bärtl, Mathias. (2018) “YouTube Channels, Uploads and Views: A Statistical Analysis of the Past 10 Years». Convergence: The International Christou G. (2016). Cybersecurity in the European Union: Resilience and Adaptability in Governance Policy. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
Campbell-Verduyn, Malcolm (2018) Bitcoin and beyond : cryptocurrencies, blockchains and global governance Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge.
DeNardis L. (2014). The Global War for Internet Governance. New Haven
and London: Yale University Press.
Dutton W. (2016) Multistakeholder Internet Governance? World Bank World Development Report.
Hancock, Donald (2018) "The European Union" in European Politics. Chapter 8. Parts 8.2 – 8.5.
Harcourt, A., G. Christou and Seamus Simpson (2020) Global Standard Setting in Internet Governance. Oxford University Press.
Hoofnagle, C., B. Sloot, B. and F. Borgesius (2019) “The European Union general data protection regulation: what it is and what it means” Information & Communications Technology Law. 28(1), pp. 65-98.
Montagnan, Maria Lillà and Alina Trapova (2020) “US and EU: diverging or intertwined paths?” in Copyright and fundamental rights in the digital age : a comparative analysis in search of a common constitutional ground. Edited by Oreste Pollicino, Giovanni Maria Riccio and Marco Bassini. Northampton: Edward Elgar Publishing. Chapter 8.
Psychogiopoulou, Evangelia (2020) “Cultural rights, cultural diversity and the EUs copyright regime: the battlefield of exceptions and limitations to protected content” in Copyright and fundamental rights in the digital age : a comparative analysis in search of a common constitutional ground. Edited by Oreste Pollicino, Giovanni Maria Riccio and Marco Bassini. Northampton: Edward Elgar Publishing. Chapter 6.
Schwartz, P. and K. Peifer, K. (2019) “Structuring International Data Privacy Law” Berkeley Center for Law & Technology., pp. 2-48.


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