Criminal law of Information and Communication Technologies (2016/2017)

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Name of lecturers
Lorenzo Picotti, Roberto Flor
Lorenzo Picotti
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
1° periodo di lezioni dal Oct 3, 2016 al Dec 16, 2016.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The course will provide the conceptual, methodological and cultural basis to analyze and study the “ICTs Criminal Law”, cybercrimes and computer-related crimes and the “technological investigations”, developing the capacity in using correct and specific language and discourse. Students will gain, following this method and in subiecta materia, legal and technical expertise both on substantive criminal law and procedure criminal law levels.
The course will study the new illegal phenomena related to the use of the new technologies and Internet, also through social networks (for example: online defamation, frauds - connected to online banking, phishing, identity theft - privacy violation, copyright infringement, child pornography, child grooming, cyberterrorism, cyber laundering).
The course will analyze, taking into consideration real cases, the applicable criminal law, in particular for illegal activities down to the new concept of “cybercrime”, which is a transnational and global crime.
For this reason it’s necessary to analyze the most important international and European legal sources (Cybercrime Convention and Lanzarote Convention of the Council of Europe, European directives on: attack against information systems, child pornography, intellectual property, e-commerce and privacy)
Special attention will be given to the Internet Service Providers criminal liability, subject of recent European Court of Justice and Italian Corte di Cassazione judgements (cases Google, Netlog etc.).
In this area particular attention will be paid to the need to regulate the collection of data and the digital evidence, which are becoming increasingly important for the detection and prosecution of every criminal offence, not only “cybercrime”


The course is divided into 3 parts:

1. The analysis of the criminal code and its amendments, also in order to implement international conventions and the European law, in particular: computer related frauds, damages, computer forgery, illegal access, illegal interception.
2. Criminal offences provided by special law (privacy protection and intellectual property protection)
3. Illegal use of Internet, in particular online defamation, child pornography, child grooming, crimes committed through social networks, Internet Service Providers and bloggers criminal liability

Assessment methods and criteria

Students who attend the course can develop also short papers, in agreement with professors, replacing parts of the program.
The oral exam has the following goals:
-Level and depth of study and understanding
-Language properties
-Capacity to connect systematically the understanding
-Analitycal and arguing ability
Evaluation runs on a scale from 0 to 30 (successful completion of the examination starts from 18)

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