New Directions in IT law: learning from HCI

New Directions in IT law: learning from HCI

Yesterday, my new journal article with Tom Rodden “New Directions in Information Technology Law: Learning from Human-Computer Interaction” was published in the International Review of Law, Computers and Technology. It is part of a special edition on law and algorithms edited by Joseph Savirimuthu from Liverpool University. Other articles in the edition consider accountability in algorithms, algorithmic surveillance, deep learning, and health wearables. The abstract is provided below and there are allegedly 50 free copies available at this link, so help yourselves and snap one up before they all go (around 20 left at last count) 🙂

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Abstract: Effectively regulating the domestic Internet of Things (IoT) requires a turn to technology design. However, the role of designers as regulators still needs to be situated. By drawing on a specific domain of technology design, human–computer interaction (HCI), we unpack what an HCI-led approach can offer IT law. By reframing the three prominent design concepts of provenance, affordances and trajectories, we offer new perspectives on the regulatory challenges of the domestic IoT. Our HCI concepts orientate us towards the social context of technology. We argue that novel regulatory strategies can emerge through a better understanding of the relationships and interactions between designers, end users and technology. Accordingly, closer future alignment of IT law and HCI approaches is necessary for effective regulation of emerging technologies.

In other news, there are a couple of working papers up on SSRN looking for feedback if anyone feels so inclined 🙂 One is written with Neelima Sailaja and Derek McAuley on the new GDPR right to data portability, considering the legal, technical and business dimensions of realising the right in practice.  There is also a paper on artcodes and intellectual property law up there too, unpacking the copyright, trademark and design right dimensions (with a focus on creative commons licensing too). Lastly, but by no means least (!)  I passed my PhD viva with no corrections (just a few wee typos) with Burkhard Schafer (Edinburgh) and Derek McAuley at the start of March! So I’m feeling very pleased  🙂

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