Technology, Commerce, Development, Identity

31 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2009

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Andrea M. Matwyshyn

Northeastern University - School of Law; Princeton University - Center for Information Technology Policy; Stanford University - Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society

Date Written: March 1, 2007


Traditional paradigms of technology regulation ask how technology-mediated space is different from non-technology mediated space. Regulation rarely focuses on how technology makes a user develop differently than she/he otherwise would and what those differences might mean for regulatory approaches. This article introduces nonlinear developmental paradigms of contextualist and ecological developmental psychology theory to the debate over technology regulation. It argues that technology regulation presents a strong example of the dangers and inefficiencies of blindly adopting an approach to regulating human conduct based solely on linear developmental assumptions. This article specifically explores the legal implications of technology-mediated human development using the technology policy arena of corporate child data security regulation.

Keywords: technology internet privacy security COPPA

Suggested Citation

Matwyshyn, Andrea M., Technology, Commerce, Development, Identity (March 1, 2007). Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology, Vol. 8, No. 515, 2007. Available at SSRN:

Andrea M. Matwyshyn (Contact Author)

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