The role of the rule of law in virtual communities

Suzor, Nicolas P. (2009) The role of the rule of law in virtual communities. In State of Play VI, June 2009, New York. (Unpublished)


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There is a severe tendency in cyberlaw theory to delegitimize state intervention in the governance of virtual communities. Much of the existing theory makes one of two fundamental flawed assumptions: that communities will always be best governed without the intervention of the state; or that the territorial state can best encourage the development of communities by creating enforceable property rights and allowing the market to resolve any disputes. These assumptions do not ascribe sufficient weight to the value-laden support that the territorial state always provides to private governance regimes, the inefficiencies that will tend to limit the development utopian communities, and the continued role of the territorial state in limiting autonomy in accordance with communal values...

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Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
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Deposited On: 10 Aug 2012 00:20
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