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Regulating cyberspace: concepts and controversies

Herman T. Tavani (Department of Philosophy, Rivier College, Nashua, New Hampshire, USA)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 13 March 2007

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of some issues and controversies surrounding arguments for regulating cyberspace.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper begins with a brief investigation of some background questions such as “What is cyberspace?” and “What is meant by ‘regulation’?” It then considers some distinctions between descriptive and normative aspects of questions involving internet regulation. Next, the paper examines Lawrence Lessig's model, which describes four modes of regulation that can be applied to cyberspace. The paper then considers some recent controversies that have emerged because of “regulation by code” and the “privatization of information policy.”

Findings

Cyberspace regulation raises ethical concerns.

Research limitations/implications

Internet regulation is evolving.

Originality/value

The way cyberspace is viewed, either as a “place” or as a “medium,” affects how it will be regulated.

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Citation

Tavani, H.T. (2007), "Regulating cyberspace: concepts and controversies", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 25 No. 1, pp. 37-46. https://doi.org/10.1108/07378830710735849

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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