Net Neutrality Compendium

Author: Luca Belli
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319264257
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The ways in which Internet traffic is managed have direct consequences on Internet users’ rights as well as on their capability to compete on a level playing field. Network neutrality mandates to treat Internet traffic in a non-discriminatory fashion in order to maximise end users’ freedom and safeguard an open Internet. This book is the result of a collective work aimed at providing deeper insight into what is network neutrality, how does it relates to human rights and free competition and how to properly frame this key issue through sustainable policies and regulations. The Net Neutrality Compendium stems from three years of discussions nurtured by the members of the Dynamic Coalition on Network Neutrality (DCNN), an open and multi-stakeholder group, established under the aegis of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

Freedom of Speech Reflections in Art and Popular Culture

Author: Patricia L. Dooley
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1440843406
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This book examines how freedom of speech is reflected in pop culture by looking at numerous examples of films, websites, television shows, and songs that have touched on—and impacted—this issue. • Covers freedom of speech issues in popular culture in the 19th and 20th centuries as well as the present day • Examines everything from banned books to comic book censorship, music, theater, photography, film, television, video games, and social media • Enables readers to better appreciate how freedom of speech and expression is a subtext in most aspects of daily life

EU Telecommunications Law

Author: Andrej Savin
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 1786431807
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Providing a comprehensive overview of the current European regulatory framework on telecommunications, this book analyses the 2016 proposal for a European Electronic Communications Code (EECC). The work takes as its basis the 2009 Regulatory Framework on electronic communications and analyses each of its five main directives, comparing them with the changes proposed in the EECC. Key chapters focus on issues surrounding choosing the right regulatory model in order to secure effective investment in next-generation networks and ensure their successful deployment.

Blockchain and the Law

Author: Primavera De Filippi De Filippi
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674985915
Format: PDF, Docs
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Since Bitcoin appeared in 2009, the digital currency has been hailed as an Internet marvel and decried as the preferred transaction vehicle for all manner of criminals. It has left nearly everyone without a computer science degree confused: Just how do you “mine” money from ones and zeros? The answer lies in a technology called blockchain, which can be used for much more than Bitcoin. A general-purpose tool for creating secure, decentralized, peer-to-peer applications, blockchain technology has been compared to the Internet itself in both form and impact. Some have said this tool may change society as we know it. Blockchains are being used to create autonomous computer programs known as “smart contracts,” to expedite payments, to create financial instruments, to organize the exchange of data and information, and to facilitate interactions between humans and machines. The technology could affect governance itself, by supporting new organizational structures that promote more democratic and participatory decision making. Primavera De Filippi and Aaron Wright acknowledge this potential and urge the law to catch up. That is because disintermediation—a blockchain’s greatest asset—subverts critical regulation. By cutting out middlemen, such as large online operators and multinational corporations, blockchains run the risk of undermining the capacity of governmental authorities to supervise activities in banking, commerce, law, and other vital areas. De Filippi and Wright welcome the new possibilities inherent in blockchains. But as Blockchain and the Law makes clear, the technology cannot be harnessed productively without new rules and new approaches to legal thinking.

Regulating Code

Author: Ian Brown
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262312956
Format: PDF, ePub
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Internet use has become ubiquitous in the past two decades, but governments, legislators, and their regulatory agencies have struggled to keep up with the rapidly changing Internet technologies and uses. In this groundbreaking collaboration, regulatory lawyer Christopher Marsden and computer scientist Ian Brown analyze the regulatory shaping of "code" -- the technological environment of the Internet -- to achieve more economically efficient and socially just regulation. They examine five "hard cases" that illustrate the regulatory crisis: privacy and data protection; copyright and creativity incentives; censorship; social networks and user-generated content; and net neutrality. The authors describe the increasing "multistakeholderization" of Internet governance, in which user groups argue for representation in the closed business-government dialogue, seeking to bring in both rights-based and technologically expert perspectives. Brown and Marsden draw out lessons for better future regulation from the regulatory and interoperability failures illustrated by the five cases. They conclude that governments, users, and better functioning markets need a smarter "prosumer law" approach. Prosumer law would be designed to enhance the competitive production of public goods, including innovation, public safety, and fundamental democratic rights.

Open Development

Author: Matthew L. Smith
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262525410
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Experts explore current theory and practice in the application of digitally enabled open networked social models to international development.

Reaping Digital Dividends

Author: Tim Kelly
Publisher: World Bank Publications
ISBN: 1464810273
Format: PDF, Kindle
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From East to West, the economies of Europe and Central Asia (ECA) are not taking full advantage of the internet to foster economic growth and job creation. The residents of Central Asia and the South Caucasus pay some of the highest prices in the world for internet connections that are slow and unreliable. In contrast, Europe enjoys some of the world’s fastest and affordable internet services. However, its firms and individuals are not fully exploiting the internet to achieve higher productivity growth as well as more and better jobs. Reaping Digital Dividends investigates the barriers that are holding back the broader adoption of the internet in ECA. The report identifies the main bottlenecks and provides policy recommendations tailored to economies at varying levels of digital development. It concludes that policies to increase internet access are necessary but not sufficient. Policies to foster competition, international trade and skills supply, as well as adapting regulations to the changing business environment and labor markets, will also be necessary. In other words, Reaping Digital Dividends not only requires better connectivity, but also complementary factors that allow governments, firms and individuals to make the most out of it.

Digital Communications Law

Author: Henry H. Perritt
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
ISBN: 0735593213
Format: PDF, ePub
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If your company or your clients have any presence on the Internet, Digital Communications Law (Revised Edition of former Law and the Information Superhighway) is a must-have resource. This complete compendium helps you handle all Internet-related legal issuesand—from questions of liability connected to sales and communications on the Web, to issues of taxation, to problems that you never thought youand’d faceand—until youand’re faced with them! Digital Communications Law is the single, thorough reference that covers all the various laws that affect sales and communications on the Web, including: Liability for harmful communication Taxation Privacy Copyright Trademark Patent Civil litigation Criminal prosecution Constitutional considerations Legal issues in international communication and cross-border commerce As technology advances, Digital Communications Law will keep you current with the laws that arise out of and affect new developments, including disputes and liability connected with: Texting Tweeting Facebook and other social networking sites Net neutrality Dissemination of commercial music and video Advertising Consumer fraud Interoperability and compatibility Accessibility of public information And more!