The Next Digital Decade: Essays on the Future of the Internet
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Published by TechFreedom, a new technology policy think tank, this unique book brings together 26 thought leaders on Internet law, philosophy, policy and economics to consider, from a wide variety of perspectives, what the next digital decade might bring for the Internet. This book is essential reading for anyone gazing toward the digital future.
The book's 31 essays address questions such as: Has the Internet been good for our culture? Is the Internet at risk from the drive to build more secure, but less “open” systems and devices? Is the Internet really so “exceptional?” Has it fundamentally changed economics? Who—and what ideas—will govern the Net in 2020? Should online intermediaries like access providers, hosting providers, search engines and social networks do more to “police” their networks, increase transparency, or operate “neutrally?” What future is there for privacy online? Can online free speech be regulated? Can it really unseat tyrants?
need not be an indirect liability rule when the law or the wronged party can effectively reach the bad actor directly78 and transaction costs are not significant. Even if the wronged party cannot easily reach a bad actor that a third party can reach, it is still not necessary to impose liability on the third party.When the wronged party and the intermediary can easily negotiate an arrangement, efficiency will guide the third party to undertake enforcement efforts on behalf of the wronged party.
punishing the loopholers—giving them a substantial leg up in the SEO wars. Search results pages would fill up with spam, and users would be the real losers. Conclusion Search neutrality gets one thing very right: Search is about user autonomy. A good search engine is more exquisitely sensitive to a user’s interests than any other communications technology.283 Search helps her find whatever she wants, whatever she needs to live a self-directed life. It turns passive media recipients into
Broadband Reclassifying, August 10, 2010, http://www.itif.org/publications/itif-comments-fcc-broadband-reclassifying. * * * CHAPTER 6: SHOULD ONLINE INTERMEDIARIES BE REQUIRED TO POLICE MORE? * Professor of Law, Seton Hall Law School; Visiting Fellow, Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy. 1 Benjamin Edelman, Hard-Coding Bias in Google “Algorithmic” Search Results, Nov. 15, 2010, available at http://www.benedelman.org/hardcoding/(“I present categories of searches for which
gets told, every brand gets sold, and every consumer gets courted across multiple media platforms,” says Henry Jenkins, author of Convergence Culture.67 Again, they stress the empowering nature of digital technology as a good in and of itself. “The mass amateurization of publishing undoes the limitations inherent in having a small number of traditional press outlets,”Shirky claims.68 This leads to greater openness, transparency, exposure to new thinking and opinions, and a diversity of thought
For patent infringement in the United States, the statute of limitations is six years; for civil copyright infringement it is three. Unfortunately, this limit has little meaning for computer code because the statute of limitations starts from the time of the last infringement. Every time someone copies (or perhaps even runs) the code, the clock starts ticking again on a claim of infringement. This should be changed. The statute of limitations could be clarified for software, requiring that anyone