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7 - Lawless

from Part I - A Lawless Internet

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 June 2019

Nicolas P. Suzor
Affiliation:
Queensland University of Technology School of Law and Digital Media Research Centre
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Barlow’s declaration of independence was a cry for the preservation of the libertarian wild west of the early internet, an ideal of a space of limitless opportunity that its denizens could shape to their liking. He makes two claims here: first, that governments have no real power over the internet, which is a fundamentally unregulable, separate space, both outside of legal jurisdiction and practical reach of governments. The second – a moral claim – is that the rules of online social spaces would evolve to be better – more democratic, more free – than the rules of territorially bound nation-states.

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Lawless
The Secret Rules That Govern Our Digital Lives
, pp. 88 - 102
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2019

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