Regulating suspect activity on the Internet is certainly a noble cause but there are difficulties that inherent to the medium itself that make this a difficult task.
How will we be able to:
One of the major problems is the issue of centralized enforcement of the rules. Of the four models mentioned above only the fourth uses a decentralized method of regulation, which may prove to be more effective in this new medium. "Consider what makes the net work. The net itself solves an immensely difficult collective action problem: how to get large numbers of individual computer networks, running diverse operating systems, to communicate with one another for the common good. And, yet, the net is really nothing more than a set of voluntary standards regarding message transmission, routing, and reception."
The law of the net has emerged, and can continue to emerge, from the voluntary adherence of large numbers of network administrators to basic rules of law (and dispute resolution systems to adjudicate the inevitable inter- network disputes), with individual users voting to join the particular systems they find most congenial. Or perhaps we should think of this as the law of the nets, for one possible (or even likely) consequence of this evolutionary development is the emergence of multiple network confederations, each with their own constitutional principles -- some permitting and some prohibiting, say, anonymous communications, some imposing strict rules regarding redistribution of information and others allowing freer movement -- enforced by means of electronic fences prohibiting the movement of information across confederation boundaries.
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