Introduction: Communications Law, Technological Change, and the New Normal
Communication Law & Policy, Forthcoming
21 Pages Posted: 30 May 2014 Last revised: 21 Jun 2014
Date Written: May 28, 2014
The current process- and power-related debates we have about communications law and policy would have been unrecognizable to us 20 years ago. Not many predicted in 1993 that in just two decades, the functions of a word processor, camcorder, telephone, camera, music player, pager, and watch could all fit within a single, palm-sized device — or especially that the same device could be connected to millions of other devices and distribute text, photographs, or even video in a split second. Prognostications are thus a risky business, but it is the academy’s role to engage in critical observations, and to make recommendations for the future based on trends as we view them. This Article argues that over the next twenty years, the most visible effects of communications-related technological change will be found in two areas that have long been the province of state tort law: reputation and privacy.
Keywords: Media Law; First Amendment; Constitutional Law
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