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Novel Internet Statute Strategies By Jonathan Bick

Much as societies have experienced during the evolution of various media, contemporary governments are struggling to formulate and implement laws governing Internet use, which is gaining depth and breadth as part of people’s everyday lives — as an information source, a forum for escape through entertainment, a communication tool and, most importantly, a business platform providing alternatives to traditional bricks-and-mortar commerce.

But the Internet presents special regulatory challenges. Any effective statute, for instance, must be prepared by an entity with the authority to draft, implement and, to some extent enforce, the statute.

Efficacy, of course, hinges on jurisdiction, but the Internet knows no geography and, so, users leap boundaries with a finger poke or thumb flick.

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