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In Search of Jefferson's Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace
     

In Search of Jefferson's Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace

by David G. Post
 

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ISBN-10: 0195342895

ISBN-13: 2900195342894

Pub. Date: 01/21/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press

In 1787, Thomas Jefferson, then the American Minister to France, had the "complete skeleton, skin & horns" of an American moose shipped to him in Paris and mounted in the lobby of his residence as a symbol of the vast possibilities contained in the strange and largely unexplored New World. Taking a cue from Jefferson's efforts, David Post, one of the nation's leading

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In 1787, Thomas Jefferson, then the American Minister to France, had the "complete skeleton, skin & horns" of an American moose shipped to him in Paris and mounted in the lobby of his residence as a symbol of the vast possibilities contained in the strange and largely unexplored New World. Taking a cue from Jefferson's efforts, David Post, one of the nation's leading Internet scholars, here presents a pithy, colorful exploration of the still mostly undiscovered territory of cyberspace--what it is, how it works, and how it should be governed. What law should the Internet have, and who should make it? What are we to do, and how are we to think, about online filesharing and copyright law, about Internet pornography and free speech, about controlling spam, and online gambling, and cyberterrorism, and the use of anonymous remailers, or the practice of telemedicine, or the online collection and dissemination of personal information? How can they be controlled? Should they be controlled? And by whom? Post presents the Jeffersonian ideal--small self-governing units, loosely linked together as peers in groups of larger and larger size--as a model for the Internet and for cyberspace community self-governance. Deftly drawing on Jefferson's writings on the New World in Notes on the State of Virginia, Post draws out the many similarities (and differences) between the two terrains, vividly describing how the Internet actually functions from a technological, legal, and social perspective as he uniquely applies Jefferson's views on natural history, law, and governance in the New World to illuminate the complexities of cyberspace. In Search of Jefferson's Moose is a lively, accessible, and remarkably original overview of the Internet and what it holds for the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900195342894
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/21/2009
Series:
Law and Current Events Masters Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264

Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgements A Note to the Reader Prologue: The Fox, the Hedgehog, and the Moose Part I: Chaos Chapter 1: Mapping the Territory: The Geography of Nowhere Chapter 2: Population Chapter 3: Networks Chapter 4: Jefferson's Moose, and The Problem of Scale (I) Chapter 5: The Problem of Scale (II) Chapter 6: Connections Chapter 7: Language, I Interlude Part II: Order Chapter 8: Language II Chapter 9: Governing Cyberspace I: Code Chapter 10: Governing Cyberspace II: Names Chapter 11: Governing Cyberspace III: Law Chapter 12: Newton's Plow, and The Condition of the General Mind Epilogue: Jefferson's Nature, and the Nature of Cyberspace References and Suggested Readings

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