Internet Law And The Economy

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Internet Law and the Economy


This week's article review is taken from Ubiquity, an ACM IT Magazine and forum. The article is "The New Economy: Are Rules Irrelevant?" by Daniel W. Uhlfelder, Esq. In this article it is discussed how the new economy of the Internet move forward and enact laws that would be beneficial to all parties involved. This will be hard if not impossible because the Internet can cross boundaries where laws could not cross. The each country and each region uphold and maintain laws and regulations specific for their purposes. Therefore, jurisdiction is a key issue in order to determine what laws, regulations, taxation or other concerns apply. As crimes are committed our society and economy pays the price. Billions of dollars are lost and companies will be spending millions more to prevent these activities. The laws and the ways of enforcing the laws will not be able to keep up the pace of this lightning technology.

Necessity of laws for our economy

Whenever one interacts with another person or entity, they develop a set of rules by which they interact. These rules also come with consequences. There are laws of man and there are also laws of nature. As we understand the laws of nature, the law of gravity, for example, we can use this law to our advantage and send men to the moon and back again.

Even in the most unorganized groups, rules or laws develop. Different groups or entities develop different rules or laws by which they interact. In most cases one would not have an interest in the laws of another a group, state, country or region if there were no interaction. Once interaction is possible with another group, state, country or region the laws of the region are then relev...

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Uhlfelder, DW (2000). The New Economy: Are Rules Irrelevant? Ubiquity, Retrieved December 12,2006, from

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