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The Laws of Digital Data, Content and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

University of Law via FutureLearn


Our economy now relies on digital data, and artificial intelligence is playing an increasing role in our lives. From new chatbot models like ChatGPT to targeted advertising and virtual assistants, we are surrounded by technology using data and AI.

On this three-week course from the University of Law, you’ll be introduced to laws and legal concepts governing the digital economy. As you discover the latest developments in copyright law and data protection, you’ll hone your legal analysis and your grasp of digital ethics.

You’ll start the course with an introduction to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). You’ll learn how to analyse data protection laws, and explore how intellectual property applies in the digital world.

You’ll also be invited to develop an opinion on contentious legal issues, including the EU Copyright Directive and the liability of online platforms.

Explore thorny issues of AI regulation and AI ethics

In Week 3 of the course, you’ll reflect on the complex ethical issues surrounding artificial intelligence. You’ll review the law as it stands, and discuss what future laws could be developed to better regulate AI.

You’ll finish the course with legal expertise in a cutting-edge field of contemporary law, and an understanding of some of the most important ethical issues in society today.

This course is designed for postgraduate students with an interest in both law and technology.

It will also be useful for qualified and trainee lawyers, as well as developers, technologists, engineers, and other digital professionals, who want to gain a deeper understanding of legislation around new technologies.


  • Data
    • Introduction to the course
    • How to analyse GDPR
    • Accountability
    • Key Questions
  • Digital Copyright
    • Introduction to copyright
    • How to analyse copyright
    • Online platforms
    • Key Questions
  • Artificial Intelligence
    • Introduction to AI
    • The laws of AI
    • Ethical Issues
    • Key Questions

Taught by

Mike Butler


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