New Directions in Information Technology Law: Learning from Human Computer Interaction

International Review of Law, Computers and Technology, 2017, Forthcoming

36 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2016 Last revised: 15 Jan 2017

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Lachlan Urquhart

University of Edinburgh - School of Law; Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute

Tom Rodden

University of Nottingham - School of Computer Science

Date Written: November 7, 2016

Abstract

Effectively regulating the domestic internet of things (IoT) requires a turn to technology design. However, the role of designers as regulators still needs to be situated. By drawing on a specific domain of technology design, human computer interaction (HCI), we unpack what an HCI led approach can offer IT law. By reframing the three prominent design concepts of provenance, affordances and trajectories, we offer new perspectives on the regulatory challenges of the domestic IoT.  Our HCI concepts orientate us towards the social context of technology. We argue that novel regulatory strategies can emerge through a better understanding of the relationships and interactions between designers, end users and technology. Accordingly, closer future alignment of IT law and HCI approaches is necessary for effective regulation of emerging technologies.

Keywords: Algorithms, IoT, Trajectories, Provenance, Affordances, Right to Be Forgotten, Human Computer Interaction, IT Law Theory, Systems Theory

Suggested Citation

Urquhart, Lachlan and Rodden, Tom, New Directions in Information Technology Law: Learning from Human Computer Interaction (November 7, 2016). International Review of Law, Computers and Technology, 2017, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2865842 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2865842

Lachlan Urquhart (Contact Author)

University of Edinburgh - School of Law

Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
United Kingdom

Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute ( email )

University of Nottingham Innovation Park
Triumph Road
Nottingham, NG7 2TU
United Kingdom

Tom Rodden

University of Nottingham - School of Computer Science ( email )

Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom

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