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Class 01




What is the internet? Exactly how does it work? And who governs it? Does it need to be governed? How far do self-help, self-regulation, norms, and private ordering go toward regulating behavior on the internet?

A.  What is the Internet?


  1. American Civil Liberties Union v. Reno (Reno I), 929 F. Supp. 824 (E.D. Pa. 1996), aff'd, 117 S. Ct. 2329 (1997) (a legal view of the internet)

  2. Barry M. Leiner, et al., A Brief History of the Internet (Aug. 4, 2000) (a bit technical and lots of acronyms, but useful history)

  1. Michael Froomkin, An Introduction to the Governance of the Internet (1995)

  2. Christopher Anderson, The Accidental Superhighway, The Economist (July 1, 1995)

  3. Various graphical representations of the internet.

B.  Self-Help, Self-Regulation, Norms and Private Control


  1. Julian Dibble, A Rape in Cyberspace, The Village Voice, 36-42 (Dec. 21, 1993)

  2. S. Hambridge, Network Working Group RFC # 1855: Netiquette Guidelines (October 1995).

  3. Boston College, Use of University Technological and Information Resources (Sep. 1, 1995).

  4. Amy Harmon, Worries About Big Brother at America Online, NY Times (Jan. 31, 1999)

  5. David W. Post, Anarchy, State and the Internet: An Essay on Law-Making in Cyberspace, 1995 J. Online L. art. 3

  1. The Realtime Blackhole List's Rationale

  2. Corey Grice and Jim Hu, Excite@Home Usenet Death Penalty Lifted, CNET, (Jan. 18, 2000)


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