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Lawless
The Secret Rules That Govern our Digital Lives

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  • Author: Nicolas P. Suzor, Queensland University of Technology School of Law and Digital Media Research Centre
  • Date Published: July 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108740470

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  • Rampant abuse, hate speech, censorship, bias, and disinformation - our Internet has problems. It is governed by technology companies - search engines, social media platforms, and infrastructure providers - whose hidden rules influence what we are allowed to see and say. In Lawless, Nicolas P. Suzor presents gripping examples of exactly how tech companies govern our digital environment and how they bend to pressure from governments and other powerful actors to censor and control the flow of information online. We are at a constitutional moment - an opportunity to rethink the basic rules of how the Internet is governed. Suzor offers a vision of a vibrant, diverse, and flourishing internet that can protect our fundamental rights from the lawless rule of tech. The culmination of more than ten years of original research, this groundbreaking work should be read by anyone who cares about the internet and the future of our shared social spaces.

    • Includes clear, practical advice for technology companies, civil society organizations, and government regulators
    • Explains the complexities of regulating the Internet
    • Critiques how social media companies, search engines, and telecommunications providers shape our social lives
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    'Lawless is realistic but optimistic about how things on the Internet got so bad and what it will take to fix them. Suzor compellingly describes how constitutionalism and the rule of law can adapt to digital spaces.' James Grimmelmann, Cornell University, New York

    'In Lawless, Nicolas P. Suzor doesn't just raise questions about the power tech companies wield, he sets out to answer them, with urgency and care. He offers a lucid, ambitious, wide-ranging, and cautiously hopeful analysis of how platforms govern – and how they should – that comes at just the right moment.' Tarleton Gillespie, Microsoft Research New England and author of Custodians of the Internet

    'Suzor's book is a critically important account on the cutting edge of a global sea change in how we imagine our rights will be protected – or not – in a world connected by networked technology.' Kate Klonick, St John's University, New York

    'Suzor takes readers on a journey through the challenges and pitfalls of Internet governance. His book is a thoughtful examination of why the constitutional values of legitimacy, transparency and due process are the touchstones we need for a better internet.' Primavera De Filippi, author of Blockchain and the Law

    'Suzor's book is a truly thorough look at one of today's most pressing issues and provides real guidance on how we can move forward, together.' Jillian York, Director for International Freedom of Expression, Electronic Frontier Foundation

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108740470
    • length: 218 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. A Lawless Internet:
    1. The hidden rules of the Internet
    2. Who makes the rules? 3. The Internet's abuse problem
    4. Legal immunity
    5. How copyright shaped the Internet
    6. Censorship
    7. Lawless
    Part II. A New Social Contract – Constitutionalizing Internet Governance:
    8. Constitutionalizing Internet governance
    9. Constitutionalizing intermediaries
    10. What should we expect of intermediaries? 11. The role of states and binding law
    12. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Nicolas P. Suzor, Queensland University of Technology School of Law and Digital Media Research Centre
    Nicolas P. Suzor is Principal Research Fellow in the Queensland University of Technology's School of Law and Digital Media Research Centre, where he leads a program of work on the governance of digital platforms and internet intermediaries. He has published over forty articles and book chapters in international law reviews and in media and communications journals. He is Deputy Chair and a founding Board Member of Digital Rights Watch in Australia.

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