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About Subhajit Basu

I am an Associate Professor in Information Technology Law where I teach and research on the regulation of the internet, including issues relating to privacy, data protection, freedom of expression and also e-commerce.  I aim to explore the challenges that the Internet has created in transforming our lives, especially in the area of governance and in our legal framework. Understanding and making sense of the increasing amount of “data” that is out there, is central to my research. “Big data” has the ability to control our lives and I am particularly interested in how we can better inform and empower consumers. I am also keen to examine how we can update our legal framework so as to protect privacy and equip the public with the knowledge needed to make informed choices.

Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
Research Fellow of African Centre for Cyberlaw and Cybercrime Prevention (ACCP)
Advisor to Centre for Law and Technology (Nepal)
Member of Advisory Board Centre for Cyber Victim Counselling
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

I have been a visiting Scholar at the Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University. I am visiting Professor of National University of Law, (NLU) India and SGT University, India. I am the Deputy Editor of International Review of Law Computers and Technology (IRLCT). I also sit on the Editorial Boards of five journals: European Journal of Law and Technology (EJLT); International Journal of Innovation in the Digital Economy, Economic and Administrative Series of the Annals of the University of Bucharest; Global Business and Management Research: An International Journal; Electronic Journal of e-Government (EJEG).

I am currently working on and involved in the following externally funded research projects:
Co-Investigator: ‘Review of Legislation and Policy Guidance Relating to Adult Social Care’ (funded by Commissioner of Older People Northern Ireland and Government of Northern Ireland, 2014-2015). The full report for the COPNI can be downloaded here.http://www.copni.org/images/documents/COPNI_Report_-_03_June_2015.pdf
Co-Investigator: “International Justice for Older Adults - Crossing Barriers as well as Borders” (funded by Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging, USA (2011-2013). Inter-disciplinary research on the need for better integration of health and social care (comparative and international perspectives) and rights and responsibilities of older adults and families.
Legal Expert and co-investigator: European Commission funded “HuWY”. The project aims to support young people’s eParticipation in policies about the Internet and its governance, through a distributed discussion (2009-2010).
Partner on European Commission funded Legal Framework for the Information Society (LEFIS) project on IT and Legal Education (2004) and LEFIS APTICE Thematic Network (2007). The project was responsible for developing, implementing and consolidating a cross-national teaching and research infrastructure which adequately responds to the needs and problems raised by the information and knowledge society.

Research Interests
The focus of my research and writing is on “emerging technologies”, especially in the context of the “regulation of cyberspace”. My focus is on the regulatory challenges brought about by the development, use and omnipresence of such technologies. Specifically I explore how online activities and behaviour can be regulated and how we can provide protection for those using the internet. As a “realist” I care about the opportunities created by these technologies, in particular ensuring an effective adaptive regulatory framework. I continuously question the political and economic power that technologies offer – a power that can be seized and bought and sold. Who will own these technologies? Who will control them? Who will be ethically responsible for their application and use? My research provokes and challenges established conventions around regulation. I am interested in all aspects of regulation of cyberspace and contribute to the important policy debate around privacy, freedom of expression and innovation. In today’s world most creative expression takes place on Twitter and Facebook but are they liable for their users’ online activities? Should they be legally responsible for what their users do and say?

Themes in my recent scholarship include: online privacy and protection for the individual – how should we develop the regulatory environment? How do we ensure a balance between privacy, freedom on the one hand and surveillance and security in the other? Liability of the intermediaries for regulation of undesirable online content including hate speech, the regulation of digital property and content; freedom of expression and privacy; taxation of e-commerce; consumer protection issues in e-commerce. In addition I have explored the growth of online criminal identities and how technology has provided a much more efficient tool for crime to occur including cyber-harassment, cyberstalking, trolling and financial frauds such as phishing.

One aspect of my research is about “empowering people” to give some of the control back to people/users. For past few years I have been working extensively on “data protection” issues from Health (e-health) / technology / regulation / privacy perspectives. My co-authored “Privacy and Healthcare Data: ‘Choice of Control’ to ‘Choice’ and ‘Control’?” (Routledge, 2016) book aims to open up the debate of how data could help medical research. The book also aims to shape and inform policy and to prevent one specific party – government or industry from exerting too much control. We are developing our research to find answers to the question of how to balance individual privacy interests and community interests in the exploitation of healthcare data in light of progress that has been made in e-Health across the world.

I am author of the critically acclaimed book Global Perspectives on E-Commerce Taxation Law (Ashgate, 2008). The book proposed the most effective mean for collection of consumption taxes which is technically feasible, efficient, and cost-effective. It examined the volatile and rapidly changing intersection of e-commerce and tax law, particularly it focused on how to ensure the effective collection of consumption taxes with respect to the cross-border supply of digital goods and services.

Positions

Present Executive Committee Member, British and Irish Law, Education and Technology Association
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Present Deputy Editor of International Review of Law Computers and Technology, University of Leeds
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Present Programme Manager: LLM Business programmes, University of Leeds
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Present Associate Professor in Information and Technology Law, University of Leeds
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Research Interests

E-Commerce Law, Taxation of E-Commerce, E-commerce and Developing Countries, E-Government and Developing Countries, Digital Divide , Intellectual Property and Developing Countries, Cybercrime, Governance of cyberspace , and Information and Technology Law

Courses

  • Law in the Information Society
  • Contract Law
  • Computers and Law


Contact Information

School of Law
The Liberty Building
University of Leeds
LS2 9JT
Leeds


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