Sunday, April 01, 2018

Code vs Countries

Wendy Grossman picks up on the struggle that nation states are having over laws when the Internet has global reach. It's one of those debates that you can see coming from a mile off, I thought many years ago (back when Lawrence Lessing's Code book was still on version 1). But then I thought Facebook-scraping-data-for-power was also pretty obvious. What's wrong with me?

Anyway, good thoughts/questions on whether a global network forces states to go global too. Although shouldn't that have come a lot with the rise of Multinationals? Why the difference now? Because Code Is Borderless. For now.

I didn't realize how much I longed for a change of battleground until last week's Internet Law Works-in-Progress paper workshop, when for the first time I heard an approach that sounded like it might move the conversation beyond the crypto wars, the censorship battles, and the what-did-Facebook-do-to-our-democracy anguish. The paper was presented by Asaf Lubin, a Yale JSD candidate whose background includes a fellowship at Privacy International. In it, he suggested that while each of the many cases of international legal clash has been considered separately by the courts, the reality is that together they all form a pattern.

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