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Complexity and Internet regulation

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Presented at the Legal Theory Workshop, Edinburgh, 29 June 2013.

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Complexity and Internet regulation

  1. 1. Complexity and InternetRegulationAndrés GuadamuzSunday, 2 June 13
  2. 2. ApologiesSunday, 2 June 13
  3. 3. Internet regulation theoriesSunday, 2 June 13
  4. 4. CyberLibertarianism“The Internet changeseverything!”The Internet cannot / shouldnot be regulated.Cyber-optimism.Sunday, 2 June 13
  5. 5. Code is LawArchitecture regulates onlineenvironments.Norms can be built into thearchitecture.Technocracy?Sunday, 2 June 13
  6. 6. New Cyber-conservatism“The Internet doesn’t changeeverything with respect to howgovernmental authorityregulates online environments.”Governmental control is bothpossible (and desirable).Sunday, 2 June 13
  7. 7. Choke-pointsControl the access points: ISPs,DNS, country backbone.Gateways, intermediaries, gate-keepers.Sunday, 2 June 13
  8. 8. Anarchy in the UK(and everywhere else)Sunday, 2 June 13
  9. 9. Complex networksSunday, 2 June 13
  10. 10. The Internet as distributedarchitectureSunday, 2 June 13
  11. 11. Random v scale-free networksSunday, 2 June 13
  12. 12. The Internet isscale-freenetworkSunday, 2 June 13
  13. 13. Some Characteristics ofscale-free networksSelf-organizing (favours fitness peaks)Long-tails (Pareto distributions)Resilient (but vulnerable to cascading failures)Small world connections (six degrees of separation)Centrality: some hubs can be more important ifthey have a central role in the network.Sunday, 2 June 13
  14. 14. Let’s look back at InternetRegulation theoriesSunday, 2 June 13
  15. 15. Anarchy-LibertarianismResilient architecturesP2P and botnets are scale-freenetworksSunday, 2 June 13
  16. 16. CodeSelf-organization.Self-similar, fractal: Atpractically all levels ofgranularity, the Web looks thesame.Encoded organization?Sunday, 2 June 13
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  22. 22. Conservatism -gatekeepingWhile Internet is supposedto be distributed, it isincreasingly centralised.The only way to controlthe Web is through centralcontrolSunday, 2 June 13
  23. 23. The centralitymenaceConsumers sleepwalking intomore central servicesResilience is replaced withcontrol and vulnerabilitySunday, 2 June 13
  24. 24. Concluding...Sunday, 2 June 13
  25. 25. Is it over yet?Sunday, 2 June 13

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