What does the term 'on-line' mean? When do we actually enter the on-line environment and leave the 'off-line' world? Is it different, separate, or even unique compared to the off-line world? In what cases do we need to regulate it, and how? These have become important, but complex questions for law-makers, policy-makers, regulators, and politicians who design regulatory frameworks to address societal changes related to fast-moving technological developments. In order to more consistently and effectively deal with ICT and Internet regulation, governments and international organizations have developed regulatory 'starting points', such as 'what holds off-line, must hold on-line' and 'regulation should be technology-neutral'. This book questions these regulatory starting points in detail and systematically explores their application, meaning and value for international e-regulation.
Preface; 1. Introduction M. Lips; 2. Inventory of general ICT regulatory starting points M. Lips; 3. What holds off-line, also holds on-line? M. Schellekens; 4. Should ICT regulation be technology-neutral? B -J. Koops; 5. Should self-regulation be the starting point? B. -J. Koops, M. Lips, J. Nouwt, C. Prins and M. Schellekens; 6. Should ICT regulation be undertaken at an international level? C. Prins; 7. Code as law? S. van der Hof and K. Stuurman; 8. Conclusion M. Schellekens, B -J. Koops and C.Prins; 9. Selected comments on themes developed in this volume: 9.1. Four myths about regulating in the information society - a comment H. Burkert; 9.2. ICT and co-regulation: towards a new regulatory approach? Yves Poullet; 9.3. Comment on 'Should ICT regulation be undertaken at an international level?' D. Burk.