The aim of this course is to explore various ways to regulate and govern
societal changes caused by new technological developments. After this
course the student knows and understands the various regulatory and
governance instruments, such as laws, regulation via technology,
self-regulation, standardisation, and how and when to apply these to new
technologies, including so-called disruptive technologies like Ueber,
whole genome sequencing, Airbnb, and block chain technology.
This introductory course of the Minor Technology, Law and Ethics offers
an introduction into and an overview of the ways technology can or
should be regulated. Important general concepts to be discussed are the
economy (market powers), the law (regulation and case law), social
conventions and ethics, and the architecture (e.g. the software).
Basically three angles can be used to approach a technological
1. The Possible: what is technically feasible? (Technology)
2. The Desirable: do we like it, do we want it? (Ethics)
3. The Permissible: do we allow it? do we permit it? (Law)
For all emerging technologies we have to think about these three
questions. The answers can roughly be categorized as:
White: It is possible, desirable, and permissible.
Grey: It is possible and permissible, but desirable?
Black: It is impossible, or possible but not permissible.
We will analyze different kinds of emerging technologies, and discuss in
what categories we believe they belong (white/grey/black).
Lectures and tutorials.
Material will be made available via Canvas.
Apart from regular students, the course is also available for:
Students from other universities/faculties
Contractor (students who pay for one course)