In Search of the Self: Charting the Course of Self-Regulation on the Internet in a Global Environment

23 Pages Posted: 1 May 2000  

Stefaan G. Verhulst

Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy

Monroe E. Price

Cardozo Law School; Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy

Date Written: March 1, 2000

Abstract

Each day, societal demand grows for some form of control or supervision over something that appears inherently beyond governance: the Internet. The gulf between community aspirations and the perceived limits on government capacity forces each entity, industry and regulators, to conduct a thorough and painstaking search for an appropriate solution. The resolution to this dilemma requires the innovation of regulatory design for the Internet. Without flexibility and responsiveness, traditional law and regulation cannot adequately address the transnational, intangible, and ever-changing Internet space. The Internet challenges "classic patterns of regulation" in terms of the identity of the rule makers and the instruments used to establish rules (Reidenberg 1996). With some notable and largely unsuccessful exceptions, the initial attempts at Internet regulation have tended to move away from direct legal control and towards more flexible variations of "self-regulation."

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Verhulst, Stefaan G. and Price, Monroe E., In Search of the Self: Charting the Course of Self-Regulation on the Internet in a Global Environment (March 1, 2000). Cardozo Law School, Public Law Working Paper No. 015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=216111 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.216111

Stefaan G. Verhulst (Contact Author)

Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy ( email )

Centre for Socio-Legal Studies Wolfson College, University of Oxford
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Monroe E. Price

Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy

Centre for Socio-Legal Studies Wolfson College, University of Oxford
Oxford, OX2 6UD
United Kingdom

Cardozo Law School ( email )

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United States
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