Our activities (2015-2016)

Research activities:

During first 18 months of its operations, FREE has initiated 7 research projects:

Joint collaboration of FREE’s internal staff and external consultants resulted in a proposal submitted in mid-2016 to the Ministry of Science and Higher Education concerning the strategy for improving higher education in Poland. The proposal has received recognition from the Ministry. Also, outcomes of research project concerning legal issues in e-learning, have been presented at Online Educa Berlin conference in December 2016. Last but not least, FREE has recently commenced a project related to the development of methodology for teaching teachers how to code with children using traditional, blended and on-line learning.

During last 18 months FREE Institute also managed to publish the following academic papers:

K. Garstka, Looking above and beyond the blunt expectation: specified request as the recommended approach to intermediary liability in cyberspaceThe European Journal of Law and Technology (EJLT), VOL 7, NO 3 (2016) [html]

M. Stępień, Zapomniana sfera życia Jana Brzechwy (1898-1966): mecenas Jan Wiktor Lesman jako pionier polskiego i międzynarodowego prawa autorskiego, „Palestra” nr 10/2016 [html]

P. Polański, Obowiązek zapewnienia dostępności treści stron internetowych osobom niedowidzącym, Monitor Prawniczy 2016 nr 24 s. 1109 i n [html].

P. Polański, O przyczynach nieświadomości prawnej Polaków, czyli o granicach ludzkiego poznania, „Iustitia” nr 1/2016, s. 25 i n. [html],

P. Polański, Strona internetowa jako program komputerowy [w:] „Media Elektroniczne. Współczesne problemy prawne” (red. K. Flaga-Gieruszyńska, J. Gołaczyński, D. Szostek), Warszawa 2016, s. 299 i n [html].

P. Polański, Towards the single digital market for e-identification and trust services, Computer Law & Security Review, Volume 31, Issue 6, December 2015, Pages 773–781 (this paper has received an Elsevier Award for the Best Academic Paper presented the 9th International Conference on Legal, Security and Privacy Issues in IT Law (LSPI) held in Lisbon, Portugal in November 2014) [html].

2 more papers have been submitted to CLSR and are awaiting final acceptance.

Educational activities:

From October 2016 FREE has been selected as a leading partner in a project titled “Code to the Future” concerning teaching kids and teachers how to program using visual programming tools, such as Scratch and how to build robots using Lego. Partners include Girls Code Fun Foundation and commercial entities, namely: Robocamp i MobileMS. Together, we prepared a detailed proposal how to prepare teachers for challenges associated with teaching programming.

We also took part in 2016 Online Educa Berlin conference, where we presented outcomes of a research titles “Legal uncertainty in elearning environments“). Furthermore, we also consulted Polish Ministry of Digitisation  (Ministerstwo Cyfryzacji) with respect to desired regulatory model concerning the consent for profiling of a child in cyberspace (in connection with a new EU General Data Protection Regulation).