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ML: Technology Law and Ethics (Mueller)

Spring 2023   LAW 506-302  

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Additional Information

15% Participation,
25% Exam,
45% Paper,
15% Other (Class presentation)

Take Home,

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement



Class meets in person.

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- I will make PowerPoint slides or other class materials routinely available on the course site to everyone in the class.

- When you are better, please make an appointment to meet with me and I will review/answer questions about what you missed.

Meeting Times/Location
TR 12:00PM - 1:20PM
Tanenbaum Hall 112

Masters in Law


What makes for a responsibly designed product? What duties do technologists’ have to ensure system security and protect user privacy? Who should be held accountable when artificial intelligence misbehaves? What constraints does intellectual property law place on product design and technologists’ latitude to experiment with technologies? As new technologies continue to emerge and shape both our lives and the world around us, they also raise novel, complex ethical questions that today’s engineers, tech entrepreneurs, other technology professionals are forced to confront. This course will introduce the legal frameworks and principles of ethical decision-making that enable technologists to identify their societal responsibilities, and to think critically through difficult issues. Each class, we will exercise the application of these principles as we examine and reason through real world ethical dilemmas at the cutting edge of technology, approaching the questions they raise from the perspectives of the technology professionals who actually face them. Topics that will be explored this semester include cybersecurity, data protection, digital surveillance, artificial intelligence, environmental sustainability, open-source software, autonomous vehicles, and more. This section satisfies the Engineering Ethics Requirement for CIS students.

Course Concentrations

Intellectual Property and Technology Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of intellectual property law; Perform legal analysis in the context of intellectual property law; Communicate effectively on topics related to intellectual property; Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnection between technology and intellectual property, and how they affect other areas of law and society.