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Internet Governance by Contract

Lee A. Bygrave


The book is concerned with the following issues: (i) what is the role of contract in governance of the Internet; (ii) why does contract play that role; and (iii) what is its utility and legitimacy in doing so? In casting light on these issues, the book also describes the general role played by statute in Internet governance along with the reasons for that role. The book shows that contract is often preferred over statute because it enables flexible micro-management of the digital environment more easily than statute does. However, the book also shows that the relative roles played by each type ... More

Keywords: internet, governance, contract, legislation, metagovernance, ICANN, Facebook, transnational private regulation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199687343
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687343.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lee A. Bygrave, author
Norwegian Research Centre for Computers and Law, University of Oslo