A Borderless World: Realizing the Potential for Global Electronic Commerce
Bibliography of Internet Self Regulation
This bibliography of Internet self regulation
was born of many discussions, arguments, and debates about regulating the
Internet. In these discussions, it was clear that people were using key
terms such as "Internet," "regulation," and most of all "self-regulation,"
in a variety of different ways, many of them confusing and inconsistent.
The recurrent mantra was that, "the Internet should not be regulated by
the government, but should be self-regulated instead." Everyone
was talking about self-regulation as the obviously preferable alternative
to government regulation, but as far as was evident from these discussions,
"self-regulation" equaled lack of government regulation. But no affirmative definition or description of self-regulation seemed forthcoming.
What is self-regulation of the Internet? What does this look like?
Who is the "self" that is regulating itself? What are the mechanisms
by which the self-regulates itself? Aren't both national and international
governments already regulating the Internet? Are we talking about virtual
communities? Filtering software? Does self-regulation really mean
no regulation? And just what does it mean to "regulate" something?
Does it mean to make laws? Enforce them? Punish people? Who is going
to do it? And what part of the Internet are we regulating? The World Wide
Web? E-mail? Ftp? The architecture of the Internet itself?
Or just what people do when they are logged on?
All these questions plague the debate surrounding
Internet regulation. This bibliography is the starting place for
answering these questions. It is an attempt to see what has been
written about both Internet and self regulation, and find some sensible
structure amongst the chaos. It will be updated on a weekly basis
with new cites and a constantly evolving structure.