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The Regulation of Cyberspace: control in the online environment

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Andrew Murray|
Routledge-Cavendish (29 November 2006)

In The Regulation of Cyberspace Andrew Murray examines the development and design of regulatory structures in the online environment. The book 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, the author explores and analyses 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.

Recommendations

'The use of the methodology of regulatory theory and complex systems will enable the author to make a timely and useful contribution to the study of governance in the digital environment. The main strengths of the work lie in the mastery of the author of the major discourse debates in the realm of law, technology and society. His grasp and familiarity with the primary and secondary material is clearly evidenced in the attention to detail in a number of chapters. The use of case studies is another welcome contribution.'
Joseph Savirmuthu, University of Liverpool

'Overall I like the book very much - much needed in an area where legal monographs from a UK perspective are desperately needed. It shows evidence of extremely strong scholarship. In particular, there has not been such a conscious attempt to inform legal theory, at least since the early work of Richard Susskind. I am delighted that this book has been written - it's vital and will be very challenging to traditional media and communications law scholarship. An excellent book, it inspires me.'
Christopher Marsden, Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, Oxford University

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