PLS 780 Law of the Internet Week 1

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  • 1. PLS 780 Law of the Internet Week 1
  • 2. Tonight • Course overview and Syllabus Review • Models of Global Internet Governance • Regulating the Internet and the Role of Creativity, Innovation and “Common Sense” • Brief Legal Research Refresher (in library)
  • 3. PLS 780 Law of the Internet • Review of syllabus • Course requirements • Grading • Successful student attributes • Required reading • Suggested reading
  • 4. Global Internet Governance • How should the Internet be controlled or governed? • Key to understanding governance is domain name system (DNS) since it establishes identity • What will the future look like?
  • 5. 5 Perspectives Self-governance or Libertarian Internet is beyond reach of governmental control and should exist as an independent legal space Global Transnational Transnational multi-stakeholder institutions need to be created and evolve to deal with Internet governance issues as they arise as global issues with no national boundaries Code/Architecture Code is law. Developers make regulatory decisions via the code they create. National Governments and Law Each country rules the internet with their own law; Treaties govern international or global issues among countries. Market Based Regulation Market forces govern
  • 6. Hybridization is the reality • Combination or chimera approach • Global transnational organizations exist to regulate cross border activities • National law governs huge portion of activities • Market forces and code play an important role in establishing norms and conventions
  • 7. National Regulation • We will be primarily looking at national regulation in this course • How the US governs actions and activities on the Internet through the creation of case law, statutes and regulations • Both state and federal (mostly federal)
  • 8. Constant tension • The law is constantly adapting to technology • The process of adapting creates tensions and sometimes results in lack of clarity and uncertainty