Information technologies, collectively known as ICT (acronym for Information and Communication Technologies), have recently undergone an extraordinary development.
This technology has soaked up society, both at the private sphere of relationships and in the sphere of work, through Personal Computers, mobile phones and smartphones, electronic devices of any kind.
The most recent developments concern Web services, Cloud Computing, Social Networks, Blockchain, Wearable technologies (Wearable), M2M communication, the Internet of Things (IoT), and even converging technologies such as neuroinformatics and neurobioinformatics, bioinformatics, Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing, Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI Brain Computer Interfaces), and much more.
All these innovations have profoundly changed social relations, business models and macro-economic systems.
For companies and start-ups involved in information technology, early legal assistance is a critical factor for business success, accident prevention and regulatory compliance.
The law is in fact involved in an extremely wide multitude of profiles and a sharp understanding of the relevant legal dynamics, requires an equally thorough scientific and economic understanding of these technologies.
Here are some of the most significant matters:
- Legal profiles related to Software and Hardware: Outsourcing Contracts and Negotiations, Cloud, E-commerce, IP (licenses, patents, copyrights, trademarks) Big data analytics, Technological Transfers, etc.
- Web reputation management
- Blockchain Protocol and Distributed Ledger Technologies, Smart Contract, Fintech, Insurtech
- Drones and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
- Digital identity of individuals: protection of personal data, privacy, information security.
- ICT devices in the human body (Wearables): from smartwatch, to cardiac pacemakers, to biomechatronic grafts and Brain-Computer Connections, these technologies make it possible to restore deficient or damaged physical capabilities and improve human performance.
The legal repercussions of these technologies are multiple, security, psycho-physical integrity, confidentiality, redefinition of personality, concept of ownership of the mind, protection of the individual, physical and mental enhancement and social stratification, consequences on informed consent and the legal capacity in general.
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