Who Controls the Internet: Illusions of a Borderless World

Who Controls the Internet: Illusions of a Borderless World


By (author) Jack Goldsmith, By (author) Tim Wu

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 238 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 236mm x 28mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 29 June 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0195152662
  • ISBN 13: 9780195152661
  • Illustrations note: Halftones and line drawings
  • Sales rank: 1,602,211

Product description

Will cyberanarchy rule the net? And if we do find a way to regulate our cyberlife will national borders dissolve as the Internet becomes the first global state? In this provocative new work, Jack L. Goldsmith and Tim Wu dismiss the fashionable talk of both a 'borderless' net and of a single governing 'code'. Territorial governments can and will, they contend, exercise significant control over all aspects of Internet communications. Examining policy puzzles from e-commerce to privacy, speech and pornography, intellectual property, and cybercrime, Who Controls the Internet demonstrates that individual governments rather than private or global bodies will play that dominant role in regulation. Accessible and controversial, this work is bound to stir comment.

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Author information

Jack Goldsmith is Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and author most recently of The Limits of International Law. He was formerly Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel of the Department of Justice, and special counsel to the General Counsel of the Department of Defense. TimWu is Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, and previously worked in the Internet telecommunications industry in Silicon Valley.

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Sometimes it reads with the zip of an investigative thriller...Lane's story is intriguing Steven Poole, Guardian Groundbreaking and easy to read. Nick Fraser, Prospect