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Class 14




Can we regulate the internet? If so, should we? If so, how should we? And who should do the regulating?


  1. John Perry Barlow, A Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace (Feb. 1996).

  2. David R. Johnson & David Post, The New Civic Virtue of the Net: A Complex Systems Model for the Governance of Cyberspace, in The Emerging Internet (C. Firestone ed. 1998).

  3. The White House, A Framework for Global Electronic Commerce (July 1, 1997)

  4. Michael Froomkin, The Internet as a Source of Regulatory Arbitrage, in Brian Kahin & Charles Nesson, eds., Borders in Cyberspace: Information Policy and the Global Information Infrastructure 129 (1997).

  5. Lawrence Lessig, The Law of the Horse: What Cyberlaw Might Teach, 113 Harv. L. Rev. 500 (1999).

  6. James Boyle, Foucault in Cyberspace (1997)

Writing Assignment

The readings above include the readings that were assigned at the beginning of this class. (I have added two more readings, as well). Which of the above readings do you most agree with now, and has your opinion changed since the start of this class? In answering this question, draw upon specific examples from the topics that we have covered in this class.

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