Regulating Digital Space: Fundamental Reflections
18 Pages Posted: 14 May 2020
Date Written: April 30, 2020
This paper considers what we mean by regulation, and how it might effectively be achieved in the context of platforms providing global communication and data exchange. It assumes the need to provide a working model in political context of applying in and between democratic states, rather than a top-down authoritarian model. It considers concepts of regulation, accountability, transparency and enforcement. Assuming the essential goals as being to facilitate use of the digital space through intermediaries whilst providing adequate protection, it views the challenge through the lens of the concepts of regulatory delivery and through a science-based approach to regulation, starting from ethical values and building evidence of trust, organisational cultures, based on the principle of involved engagement. On this basis, it proposes the core elements of a trust-based system and the basic functions of a new regulatory architecture.
Keywords: digital, global, internet, regulation, trust, delivery
JEL Classification: K2, M14
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