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Ethics, law and technology: a case study in computer-mediated communication

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1 Author(s)
T. R. Flynn ; Pennsylvania Univ., Slippery Rock, PA, USA

The Internet poses particular challenges to traditional legal methods of regulating online behavior. Some theorists argue that the Internet is capable of collective self-regulation that provides reasonable protection to activities occurring on the global net. Others respond that while the social norms that create the basis of collective self-regulation do provide real constraint in cyberspace, software code, not social norms, will provide the most efficient means of regulating on-line behavior. CMC research suggests that virtual communities are capable of limited forms of self-regulation through emerging systems of social dynamics. This paper explicates this debate by weighting the merits of community self-regulation and technological regulation through an examination of the development and use of interactive behavioral mechanisms to regulate interaction at an adult-oriented web site

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Technology and Society, 2001. Proceedings. International Symposium on

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2001