How law and computer science can work together to improve the information society

Marsden, Chris (2018) How law and computer science can work together to improve the information society. Communications of the ACM, 61 (1). pp. 29-31. ISSN 0001-0782

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Abstract

In this column, I explore the various means by which lawyers can be helped by computer scientists to stop the (inevitable) collateral damage to innovation when the unstoppable force of legislation hits the irresistible innovation of the Internet. I will explore some current controversies (fake news, Net neutrality, platform regulation) from an international perspective. The conclusion is familiar: lawyers and computer scientists need each other to prevent a disastrous retrenchment toward splintered national-regional intranets. To avoid that, we need to be intellectually pragmatic in pursuing what may be a mutually disagreeable aim: minimal legislative reform to achieve co-regulation using the most independent expert advice. The alternatives are to allow libertarian advocates to so enrage politicians that severe over-regulation results.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Law Computer Science Fake News Net Neutrality Platform Regulation Co-Regulation Hybrid Solution
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Subjects: K Law
K Law > KJ Europe
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering > TK5101 Telecommunication Including telegraphy, telephone, radio, radar, television
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering > TK5101 Telecommunication Including telegraphy, telephone, radio, radar, television > TK5105.5 Computer networks. General works
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering > TK5101 Telecommunication Including telegraphy, telephone, radio, radar, television > TK5105.5 Computer networks. General works > TK5105.55 Computer network protocols. Standards. General works
Depositing User: Chris Marsden
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2018 15:45
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2018 08:07
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/72671

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