A Legal Analysis of Socio-Technological Change Arising Out of eObjects

42 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2015 Last revised: 2 Apr 2019

Date Written: January 5, 2016


A new model, or “third wave,” of computing is emerging, based on the widespread use of processors with data handling and communications capabilities embedded in a variety of objects and environments that were not previously computerised. Various terms have been used to describe this third wave, including “ubiquitous” and “pervasive” computing, “ambient intelligence,” and the “Internet of Things.” A previous paper coined the term “eObjects” for the central element of this third wave, and developed a technical framework for research into legal, business and policy issues arising from this trend, based on the attributes of, and interactions between, eObjects. The implementation and use of eObjects contain some significant innovations. With the socio-technological change brought about by these innovations comes the possibility of a disconnection between the law and the new things, activities, and relationships enabled by eObjects. This second paper proposes a theoretical framework through which to analyse the impact of this change and the legal problems that may arise. It then continues on to marry the technical and theoretical framework in order to examine the key innovations arising from the attributes of eObjects and begins the process of uncovering and analysing legal problems that may arise.

A substantially amended version of this paper was published in Deakin Law Review and is separately available on SSRN as "Kickstarting reconnection: an approach to legal problems arising from emerging technologies".

Keywords: eObjects, Internet of Things, ubiquitous computing, pervasive computing, ambient intelligence, internet law, cyberspace law, security, privacy, cybersecurity, cyber-security

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Manwaring, Kayleen, A Legal Analysis of Socio-Technological Change Arising Out of eObjects (January 5, 2016). UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2016-15, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2690024 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2690024

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