18
Dec
09

Can the law keep up with technology?

“We should never expect that the judges are going to save us from our own worst impulses.”
–Jeffrey Rosen

A world without anonymity – Thanks to the Internet, it’s now relatively easy to find the value of a person’s home or the extent of their political contributions. Meanwhile, people use social media applications like Flickr or Twitter to share personal details with the world.

The result is a blurring of the lines between what ought to be considered private and public.

A time of ‘cultural shift’ – Another challenge for the law is the way the Web crosses state and international borders. Let’s say a Facebook user in England sues another user in Australia for defamatory comments posted on the site. Who has jurisdiction over the case, which country’s laws should be applied: England’s, Australia’s or those of the United States, where Facebook is based?

Full Article on CNN

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