New online short course to address AI and the Law

As technology continues to disrupt and transform all spheres of life, the threat of cybercrime and security concerns are considered as a global state of emergency. The need to arm people with requisite skills to protect their digital assets from malicious activity becomes greater on a daily basis as sophisticated attacks pursue attacks relentlessly 24/7.

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) will later this month (13 March 2020) launch a new online short learning programme entitled Law and 4IR that specifically addresses current threats and shortcomings of the law in dealing with emerging concerns. The programme is aimed at upskilling participants with the fundamentals of cybersecurity and cybercrime, with a special focus on the legal framework around dealing with Artificial Intelligence (AI) used to commit cybercrimes.Says Professor George Mpedi, the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law: “The six-month fully online programme has been developed in consultation with industry and addresses the many topical issues relating to the relevance of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Industry will provide a wealth of knowledge and direction to the programme.“The rate at which technologies are advancing is impacting on industries and all sectors of life, which demands new interventions towards knowledge and skills transfer. This programme will strengthen our nation’s understanding of the law and 4IR, and adds to life-long learning,” explains Prof Mpedi.Developed and facilitated by Professor Mzukisi Njotini, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Law (UJ), the interactive and first-of-its kind programme uncovers the impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) with a collaborative and multi-disciplinary scholarly perspective.

The academic content covers a variety of relevant topics within the legal sphere. In addition to understanding the fundamentals of cybersecurity risk and its commercial impact, participants will learn about topics such as Data and Information Privacy; E-commerce; Labour Law, Legal Liability and Judicial Regress, as well as the role of Ethics relating to the Law and 4IR.

Not only does the new programme provide suitable mechanisms that policy-makers could use to embrace modern technologies as a tool to regulate their operations, it also highlights UJ’s commitment and pioneering future-forward dedication to updating and applying new technologies to the 21st century education needs of our country and the world.

The launch of the Law and 4IR short online learning programme follows the launch of several other online learning courses aimed at creating a generation of informed and connected global citizens.

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