Russian lawmakers have paid close attention to the dissemination of information on the Internet since 2008. So it is not surprising that during last two years legislators enacted probably a record number of laws concerning the Internet and introducing different mechanisms of blocking websites. The latest amendments have raised a heated debate among scholars, users and businesses. The 3-rd International Summer school on Cyber law held by Higher School of Economics brought together respectful specialists to discuss the most arguable legal issues and their influence on the e-commerce, game industry and the Internet users.
The article reviews the main events of the Third International Summer School on Cyber Law, organized by the Laboratory of information law (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia).
This year applications for participation in the summer school were submitted from the UK, Italy, Germany, Slovakia, Armenia, India, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and from different cities of the Russian Federation. In the framework of the summer school the most current research trends in the field of information law and intellectual property law were touched, new problems and new issues were raised, and solutions were suggested. Among the guests of the summer school were representatives of IBM, Yandex, Google, MegaFon, Wargaming.net, Kaspersky lab, as well as professors of foreign universities.
Intense program of the summer school included a discussions on legal aspects of development and introduction of cognitive systems, legal regulation in the field of computer games, novelties of the Russian information legislation, relevant issues of telecommunication law and copyright, legal aspects of cyber security, as well as other important legal issues in IT/IP sphere.
Large attention of participants was paid to the problems of enforcing the new Russian legislation on the requirements to the information dissemination organizers on the Internet and popular bloggers. In light of enacting this legislation the questions of websites blocking were raised again. In the field of telecommunications law the issues of legal regulation of OTT-services were the most disputable. The legal aspects of the computer games industry which were discussed in the summer school include the issues of legal protection of computer games as objects of intellectual property, as well as the issues of e-commerce in the area of online computer games.
A special event in the framework of the summer school program was the master-class of foreign professors on how to write articles in English to international peer-reviewed journals.
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