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1st Edition

The Regulation of Cyberspace
Control in the Online Environment

ISBN 9780415420013
Published December 19, 2006 by Routledge-Cavendish
296 Pages

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Book Description

Examining the development and design of regulatory structures in the online environment, The Regulation of Cyberspace considers current practices and suggests a regulatory model that acknowledges its complexity and how it can be used by regulators to provide a more comprehensive regulatory structure for cyberspace.

Drawing on the work of cyber-regulatory theorists, such as Yochai Benkler, Andrew Shapiro and Lawrence Lessig, Murray explores and analyzes how all forms of control, including design and market controls, as well as traditional command and control regulation, are applied within the complex and flexible environment of cyberspace. It includes chapters on:

  • the role of the cyberlawyer
  • environmental design and control
  • online communities
  • cyber laws and cyber law-making.

This book is an essential read for anyone interested in law and information technology.

Table of Contents

Part A: Mapping the Cyber-Regulatory Environment  1. Coffee Pots and Protocols: The Role of the Cyberlawyer  2. Regulatory Competition and Webs of Regulation  Part B: Regulatory Tools and Digital Content  3. Environmental Design and Control  4. Code Controls and Controlling Code  5. Online Communities  6. Competition and Indirect Controls  7. Cyber Laws and Cyber Law-Making  Part C: Regulating Cyberspace: Challenges and Opportunities  8. Regulating Cyberspace  9. Embracing Uncertainty

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Andrew Murray is Senior Lecturer in IT and Internet Law in the Department of Law, London School of Economics.