Legal Issues in Information Society

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Module Objective

This course aims to make the student aware regarding the National and Community legislation in the broader field of information technology and telecommunications. Gives information for digital applications that are available to citizens of countries within the digital policy of each country and the Internet penetration. Also it refer to concepts such as teleworking, online games and online drugs and the legal framework governing them. applications for the disabled are also described.

The course is therefore the basis on which the student can create his own new applications for the society.

Also, the aim of the course is the understanding by students of the need for legal rules for the proper development and promotion of digital products and services that give for use in the market.

Module Study Targets

Upon completion of the course the students are able to:

  • Define the key features and the legal framework of the domain names
  • Distinguish potential online risks
  • Use applications for the Disabled people
  • Develop new software tools
  • Create and present a new idea
  • Identifies the safe use of the Internet
  • Distinguishes online electronic drug
  • Evaluate the new social networks
  • Propose new applications aimed at teleworking

Module Acquired Abilities

  • Analysis and synthesis of data and information
  • Team work
  • Working in an international environment
  • Production of new research ideas

Module Description

The course is concerned with the legal issues that have arisen, mainly in Western societies, due to the rapid evolution and widespread use of IT and Telecommunications systems. Also the useful applications and opportunities provided by the IT technology, that all should know, are presented.

  • The need for additional legislation. Information Crime. Cybercrime
  • Problems in investigating IT crimes. Law making bodies
  • Domain names (domain names) on the Internet. ICANN and DNS. Assignment Rules
  • Domain Names with .gr suffix
  • Privacy in communications
  • IP rights in the Internet
  • Software licenses & patents in software
  • Digital signatures & e-commerce
  • Protection and removing the secrecy of communication
  • Personal Data
  • Software licenses and software patents
  • Intellectual Property Protection on the Internet
  • Electronic Commerce and Electronic Signatures
  • The European Framework for Electronic Communications

Competition law in communications

  • Historical development of IT
  • Philosophical approach of IT (Hilbert, Godel, Turing)
  • Digital Strategy, Digital Convergence, Information Society
  • Digital National Strategy
  • Role of IT in state relations - Citizen (e-government).
  • Teleworking
  • Information and Social Institutions, Electronic Games, Electronic drugs, electronic harassment, protection filters
  • Electronic Crime, Crawlers
  • The new Social Media – Creating Social Networks
  • IT Applications to citizens Examples of use for disabled
  • Development of characters (Second Life)

Module Student Evaluation

  1. Final examination (70%) comprising:
  • Answers to basic principles, as described above
  • Answers relating to telework, the philosophical, the role of IT in the relations of the state and citizens
  1. Development work on a subject that includes the modern applications of information technology in society and public presentation (20%)
  2. Participation in class (10%)

The evaluation criteria are accessible on the website and


  • Tracy L. Tuten and Michael R. Solomon, "Social Media Marketing", 2012
  • Shiv Singh and Stephanie Diamond, "Social Media Marketing For Dummies", 2012
  • Dennis J Smith, "Promote Your Business or Cause Using Social Media: A Beginner's Handbook", 2nd Edition, 2011
  • Jan Zimmerman and Sahlin, "Social Media Marketing All-in-One For Dummies", 2010
  • Greg Jarboe and Suzie Reider, "YouTube and Video Marketing: An Hour a Day", 2009

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