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CyberLaw Research Unit, University of Leeds

Longman Pearson, December 2000, ISBN 0582356563

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The advent of a global information society demands new understandings of the complexities of the architecture of that society and its implications for existing social institutions such as law and government. In addressing these developments, this authoritative and innovative book takes as its theme the Internet within the settings of law, politics and society. It relates and analyses their interactions and seeks to draw out the implications of “cyberspace” for law and society. It therefore has a wider and more critical agenda than existing, more technical expositions of computer or Internet law. It is about the "law in action" and not just the "law in books". It comprehends situations where action takes place in the shadow of law and where there exists a fascinating range of regulatory responses and strategies of governance.

Based on original research and experience of involvement in legal and policy processes in relation to the Internet, the authors provide essential reading both as an authoritative source-book and as a critical and discursive text for anyone studying or working within the Internet’s impacts on law and society.  This book comprises an ideal scholarly text for academics and students, policy-makers and practitioners.


Part I The Internet, law and society - Cyberspace and Internet law

1 The Internet, law and society (Clive Walker, David Wall and Yaman Akdeniz)

Part II Governance of the Internet

2 The roles of government in national/international Internet administration (Stephen Saxby)
3 The Governance of the Internet in Europe (Andrew Charlesworth)
4 Jurisdiction and Choice of Law in a Borderless Electronic Environment (Alan Reed)

Part III Legal institutions and professions and the Internet

5 Lawyers in the Information Age (David Wall)
6 Cyber-Constitutionalism and digital democracy (Clive Walker)
7 Policing the Internet: maintaining order and law on the cyber-beat (David Wall)
8 Criminal Justice Processes and the Internet (Clive Walker)

Part IV Legal controversies in cyberspace

9 Sexually-oriented expression (Yaman Akdeniz & Nadine  Strossen)
10 Child Pornography (Yaman Akdeniz)
11 Hate Speech (Barry Steinhardt)
12 Hacking, Viruses and Fraud (Martin Wasik)
13  Defamation on the Internet (Yaman Akdeniz & Horton Rogers  )
14 Whisper who dares: Encryption, privacy rights and the new world disorder (Yaman Akdeniz & Clive Walker)
15 Electronic Commerce – the legal policies (Paul Eden)


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