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COP in Internet Law & Ethics of Research

Certificate of Proficiency in Internet Law & Ethics of Research (COP)

Internet Law also referred  as "Cyber Law" encompasses all transactions and activities on the internet. The collaborative nature of the internet and its vast expansion has led to numerous legal challenges making "Internet Law" a critical perspective concerning the Internet. The objective of this module is to introduce research specialists to the domain of legalities on the Internet and teach them how to minimize their liabilities and mitigate legal risks.

Teaching about Ethical Practices on the Internet compliments legal framework of legal rights, responsibilities, and obligations. In conducting effective internet research, having a thorough understanding of the ethical challenges facing internet research and tackling them accordingly is a necessity. Ethical issues challenge researchers in many ways. These usually involve consumer rights and responsibilities towards them and the society. It explains the language of right and wrong, moral decisions - what is good and bad? Etc.


Examination Syllabus

Internet Law and Legal Issues - Introduction

  • Law Governing Establishing Internet Jurisdictions
  • Intellectual Property Laws of the Internet - Copyrights, Trademarks, Patents
  • Internet Privacy Laws - Human Subjects, Business and Website Information Collections
  • Law for Defamation and Slander
  • Law for Spamming, Hacking and Cyber Vandalism
  • Laws Governing Cybercrimes
  • Laws on Internet Activity of e-Commerce Business
  • Laws of Executing Electronic Contracts, Consumer Protection
  • Laws Governing Cyber Crimes 



Internet Ethics and Ethical Issues of Internet - Introduction

  • Approaches to Ethics - Meta-Ethics, Normative Ethics, Applied Ethics
  • Key Guiding Principles for Internet Ethics
  • Divisions in Ethics of Internet Research
    • Internet - Research Tool vs. Research Venue
    • Engaged vs. Non-intrusive web-based research
  • Key ethical issues in internet research
  • Public and Private Information/Spaces
  • Informed Consent and Ethics and Some Practical Challenges
  • Privacy, Anonymity, Confidentiality and Revealing Identities - Tips for Ensuring Privacy and Confidentiality on the Internet
  • Ethical Issues in Recruitment
    • Point to consider when recruiting participants;
    • Content for Recruitment Materials
  • Introduction to Written Copyright/eBooks/Contracts/Disclaimers on the Websites


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CIRS Exam Guidance

What will you learn?

By earning this certification, you will be able to learn:

Concept Discussion in this Course

On completion of this section, the candidate should have awareness of how the law impacts online researchers and their ability to obtain and use digital information without causing liability issues. The subject of Ethics infuses debates on topics like privacy, intellectual property infringement and professional conduct as an example. In this section, we discuss the guidelines for the Internet Law and Ethical concerns for the use of Internet accessed information.

Cyber Crimes and Differentiation of Civil Code Vs Criminal Code.

Jurisdictions, Intellectual Property, Electronic Contracts and Signatures.

Practical Application of Internet Laws and Ethical Issues in Simulated Cases.

Laws on Deliberate Misinformation, Misrepresentations, False Ads, Copyrights and Patent Infringements.

The concept of working with human subject research, public and private information/spaces, informed consent, privacy, anonymity, confidentiality and revealing identities.

Questions Addressd

What are the main areas of Internet Law?

What is jurisdiction, cybercrimes, electronic and digital signatures, intellectual property, data protection and privacy?

What laws apply to electronic commerce and online financial transactions, false advertisement, intentional misinformation and sabotaging of information?

What are the ethical issues of privacy, religious sensitivities, and cultures on Internet? And how do they impact information usability and attach responsibility for Internet researcher?

Build Awareness for Research Specialist in tackling Legal Impact

Builds awareness for a research specialist in tackling legal impacts of their research work for when using web extracted information or dealing with privacy issues, copyrighted material, and human subject research.

Conduct Research Significantly Faster

Benefits of AIRS Certification

Our flagship certification called CIRS® [Certified Internet Research Specialists] is by far the only professional credentials that meets this challenge.

Professional Credibility

An undertaking by the CIRS qualified research specialists ties you to abide by the AIRS “Professional Code of Conduct” delivered a level of confidence.

Industry Validation

AIRS Certification is the most important industry-recognized certification for Online Research. Become a CIRS Certified & gain professional recognition necessary to demonstrate your skills.

Career Outlook

The future of the certified Internet Research Specialist (CIRS) is a bright one. Find out if getting your CIRS Certification is the right choice for you.

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