Foundations of ICT for Lawyers and Policy Workers

The ubiquity of information technology in our modern society has been accompanied by major new security, privacy, and data protection challenges, followed by new and increasingly stringent rules governing the use and protection of personal data that digital systems process.

To be able to understand fundamental data protection challenges, interpret the technical implications of cyber, data protection and privacy law, advise third parties, and communicate properly with technical experts who develop and maintain digital systems, it is crucial for lawyers, policy practitioners to have a core understanding of notions and concepts from computer science and information security.

Objectives for Participants

  • Obtain a comprehensive overview of ICT fundamentals (information and communication technologies) including basic concepts of algorithmic/computational thinking, complexity theory, operating systems, networking, programming, and web technologies.
  • Learn fundamental notions and concepts of information security including cryptography, network security, privacy enhancing technologies, and operational security.
  • Explore current examples of cyber security threats faced by organisations, governments, companies, and individuals, through case studies.
  • Discuss latest trends on virtualisation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchains and smart contracts.
  • Learn how all these notions are relevant in the day to day work of lawyers and policy makers.

The course is developed by the EPFL’s C4DT Academy in close cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).


Duration: Two one-week (5 days) independent course modules (general and advanced topics)

Dates: Starting in late Summer 2019

Location: EPFL campus in Lausanne

Status: Course in development. Beta course module in cooperation with ICRC on 25-29 March 2019.

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