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- DescriptionThe contributors to this volume examine issues raised by the intersection of new communications techlogies and public policy in this post-boom, post-bust era. Originally presented at the 30th Research Conference on Communication, Information, and Internet Policy (TPRC 2002)--traditionally a showcase for the best academic research on this topic--their work combines hard data and deep analysis to explore the dynamic interplay between techlogical development and society.The chapters in the first section consider the ways society conceptualizes new information techlogies and their implications for law and policy, examining the common metaphor of cyberspace as place, alternative definitions of the Internet, the concept of a namespace, and measures of diffusion. The chapters in the second section discuss how techlogical change may force the rethinking of legal rights; topics considered include spectrum rights, intellectual property, copyright and paracopyright, and the abridgement of constitutional rights by commercial rights in ISP rules. Chapters in the third and final section examine the constant adjustment and reinterpretation of regulations in response to techlogical change, considering, among other subjects, liability regimes for common carriers and the 1996 detariffing rule, privacy and enhanced 911, and the residual effect of state ownership on privatized telecommunication carriers. The policy implications of Rethinking Rights and Regulations are clear: major institutional changes may be the necessary response to major advances in telecommunications techlogy.
- Author BiographySteven S. Wildman is James H. Quello Professor of Telecommunication Studies and Director of the James H. and Mary B. Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law at Michigan State University.
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication03/10/2003
- SubjectIndustrial Studies: General
- Series TitleTelecommunications Policy Research Conference
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note13 illus.
- Weight753 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Edited byLorrie Faith Cranor,Steven S. Wildman
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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