The Normative Order of the Internet

Author: Kettemann, M. C.
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Year: 2020
Type: Working paper

Law is force of order. It reacts, usually with a necessary time delay, to technological pro- gress. Only twelve years after Samuel Morse presented the first workable telegraph sys- tem in New York in 1838 and six years after the first completed telegraph line from Wash- ington to Baltimore, central European states agreed on an international framework for tel- egraphs. It has been much more than twelve years since the technologies underlying the internet’s popularity today, such as the ‘World Wide Web’, were invented. No international framework has emerged, even though normative approaches abound. There are norms that are applied to the internet, but the recognition of the existence of an underlying, struc- turing order is missing. This motivates the present study.

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Matthias C. Kettemann, PD, Mag., Dr., LL.M.

Assoziierter Forscher: Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | Hans-Bredow-Institut


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