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First-Class Objects


James Grimmelmann


University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

June 20, 2011

Journal of Telecommunications and High Technology Law, Vol. 9, p. 421, 2011
NYLS Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11/12 #25

Abstract:     
What is the difference between "James Grimmelmann" and "@grimmelm" and why should we care? Some computer systems, like Facebook and credit reporting agencies, are inherently "about" people. Others are not. This essay argues that the key technical difference is whether they use unique identifiers to refer to people in their databases. From this single distinction, a host of social and humanistic consequences follow. The essay taxonomizes them and teases out some of their implications for privacy law.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 15

Keywords: privacy, unique identifiers

JEL Classification: K00

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Date posted: June 23, 2011  

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Grimmelmann, James, First-Class Objects (June 20, 2011). Journal of Telecommunications and High Technology Law, Vol. 9, p. 421, 2011; NYLS Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11/12 #25. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1870191

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James Grimmelmann (Contact Author)
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law ( email )
500 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-1786
United States
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