"...it is an accessible investigation into how the Internet, the law and our society co-exist and how they can and should interact and develop together"
"the book presents a clear, concise examination"
"...an excellent overview of developments and pitfalls"
"This is an excellent, broad-based introduction to the main issues surrounding cyber-constitutionalism"
"The discussion of the main issues here is measured and very well researched...an excellent introduction to the increasingly complex area of policing the Internet"
"...an essential, accessible handbook for anyone, student, law professional or interested party, seeking a critical discussion of the socio-legal situation surrounding the development of cyberspace and an examination of the amin policy issues"
Catherine Russell, Manchester Metropolitan University (Entertainment Law)
The book brings together some of the leading Information Technology lawyers and academics and this leads to it being an excellent, and readable, text. Any student studying IT Law should at least consider purchasing this textbook.
Student Law Journal, Hull University.
From the Back Cover
The Internet, Law and Society
Edited by Yaman Akdeniz, Clive Walker & David Wall
The advent of a global information society demands a new understanding of the complexities of the architecture of that society and its implications for existing social institutions such as law and government. This authoritative and innovative book takes as its theme the Internet within the settings of law, politics and society. It relates and analyses their interactions and draws out the implications of 'cyberspace' for law and society. It therefore has a wider and more critical agenda than existing, more technical expositions of computer or Internet law. It is about the 'law in action' and not just the 'law in books'. It examines Internet activity that takes place in the shadow of law where there is a fascinating range of regulatory responses and governance strategies. The book covers, in four Parts- the Internet, law and society; governance and the Internet; legal institutions and professions and the Internet; and, legal controversies in cyberspace.
The Internet, Law and Society is an ideal scholarly text for academics and students, policy makers and practitioners. Based on original research and experience of involvement in legal and policy processes in relation to the Internet, the authors provide essential reading both as an authoritative source-book and as a critical and discursive text for anyone studying or working within the Internet's impact on law and society.
About the Editors
Yaman Akdeniz is the founder and has been the director since 1997 of Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK), a non-profit civil liberties organisation. He is currently a member of the Cyberlaw Research Unit within the Faculty of Law, University of Leeds. Clive Walker is a Professor in the Department of Law and Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Leeds. He has written extensively on criminal justice, civil liberties and media issues. David Wall is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Law and Deputy Director of the Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Leeds. He has written and researched the subjects of policing and access to criminal justice and also cybercrimes.