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Does Power Grow Out of the Barrel of a Modem? Some Thoughts on Jack Goldsmith and Tim Wu's 'Who Controls the Internet?'

Stanford Law and Policy Review, Vol. 20, p. 101, 2006

7 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2007  

Glenn Harlan Reynolds

University of Tennessee College of Law

Abstract

This review of Jack Goldsmith and Tim Wu's Who Controls the Internet? Illusions of a Borderless World, notes that Goldsmith and Wu are correct in concluding that events in recent years undercut cyber-utopian theories of an Internet that is beyond the reach of national sovereignty. It argues, however, that the failure to achieve such goals does not mean that the Internet is unimportant as a source of expanded freedom and power on the part of ordinary people, and suggests that this trend of individual empowerment is likely to continue.

Keywords: Internet, Goldsmith, Wu, Reynolds, cyberspace, independence

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Reynolds, Glenn Harlan, Does Power Grow Out of the Barrel of a Modem? Some Thoughts on Jack Goldsmith and Tim Wu's 'Who Controls the Internet?'. Stanford Law and Policy Review, Vol. 20, p. 101, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=959297

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