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Collisions in the Digital Paradigm

Law and Rule Making in the Internet Age

By: David John Harvey
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Published: 23-03-2017
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Edition: 1st
Extent: 424
ISBN: 9781509906505
Imprint: Hart Publishing
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About Collisions in the Digital Paradigm

It has been said that the only asset that a lawyer has is time. But the reality is that a lawyer's greatest asset is information. The practice and the business of law is all about information exchange. The flow of information travels in a number of different directions during the life of a case. A client communicates certain facts to a lawyer. The lawyer assimilates those facts and seeks out specialised legal information which may be applicable to those facts. In the course of a generation there has been a technological revolution which represents a paradigm shift in the flow of information and communication. Collisions in the Digital Paradigm is about how the law deals with digital information technologies and some of the problems that arise when the law has to deal with issues arising in a new paradigm.

Table Of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The Analytical Framework
I. Introduction
II. Elizabeth Eisenstein and the Qualities of Print
III. Digital Information
IV. Conclusion
3. The Transition to the Digital Paradigm-Analogies and Functional Equivalence
I. Introduction
II. A Historical Perspective
III. Digital Writing
IV. Change and Communication in the Digital Paradigm
V. The Law's Approach to Equating the Old with the New
VI. Functional Equivalence
VII. The Problem of Analogies
VIII. Conclusion
4. Aspects of Internet Governance
I. Introduction
II. The Internet Governance Forum
III. Technical Governance
IV. Models of Internet Governance
V. Conclusion
5. The Property Problem
I. Introduction
II. Information as Property-The Debate in the Digital Paradigm
III. The British Commonwealth Approach
IV. The United States' Position
V. Property or Cyberproperty
VI. Conclusion
6. Recorded Law-The Twilight of Precedent in the Digital Age
I. Introduction
II. Law and Precedent in the Print and Digital Paradigms
III. The Twilight of Precedent?
7. Digital Information-The Nature of the Document and E-discovery
I. Introduction
II. The Development of E-discovery Rules
III. Common Themes in the Development of E-discovery in Asia-Pacific Jurisdictions
IV. The Rules and Utilisation of Technology
V. Conclusion
8. Evidence, Trials, Courts and Technology
I. Introduction
II. Orality and Physical Presence of Witnesses
III. Facing Up to Change
IV. Technology in Court
V. The Next Phase
VI. Using Technology to Change Process Models
VII. Conclusion
9. Social Media
I. Introduction
II. What is Social Media?
III. Social Media Meets the Law
IV. The Googling Juror
V. Lost in Translation-Interpreting Social Media Messages
VI. Other Aspects of Social Media
VII. Conclusion
10. Information Persistence, Privacy and the Right to be Forgotten
I. Introduction
II. Privacy Themes
III. Privacy Taxonomies
IV. Obscurity of Information-Practical and Partial Obscurity
V. Judicial Approaches
VI. The Internet and Privacy
VII. Search Engines and Information Retrievability
VIII. The Right to be Forgotten
IX. A Right to Update?
X. Conclusion
11. Reputational Harms
I. Introduction
II. The Publication Issue
III. Google and Defamation
IV. Linking and Publication
V. Reputational Harms-Where Defamation Does Not Tread
VI. Triaging Reputation
VII. Conclusion
12. Conclusion
I. The Qualities of Digital Information
II. Governance of a Distributed, Dynamic, Changing Environment?
III. Behavioural Change and Values
IV. Old Rules in New Bottles-Seeking Consistency
V. Volume, Dissemination and Availability of Information
VI. Participation, Interactivity and the Message
VII. Who Am I Online?
VIII. The Message is the Medium-What the Law must Recognise


“This is a good, thoughtful book, packed with balanced insights.” –  Laurence Eastham, Computers & Law's editor, Computers & Law

“This book is a scholarly, fascinating, and at times uncomfortable, look at the present and the future. Based on meticulous research and in-depth knowledge, it forces you to reconsider many of your current assumptions as to what the law should do when faced with this shifting paradigm. For most lawyers, this will be a "must have" book on their shelves, as it is increasingly difficult to think of an area that is not affected by the digital world. Even if technology is not your passion, Harvey's insights are well worth the read.” –  Jacqui Thompson, New Zealand Bar Association

“Harvey's book is an authoritative text for the times. It diagnoses the challenge facing the law as we (ever so slowly) shift paradigms from print to digital, and articulates the change in thinking required to deal with the inevitable collisions accompanying the transition.” –  Kate Galloway, Bond University, Alternative Law Journal

“...the taxonomy provides a lucid and analytically helpful addition to the literature that will aid the reader in comprehending the implications of the digital paradigm...Harvey's appreciation for the balance between breadth and depth marks out Collisions as an excellent resource for students and practitioners seeking to gain an understanding of the main points of contention around technology, both as a discrete field of law and as a disruptor of litigation practice.” –  Laurence Diver, School of Law, University of Edinburgh, SCRIPTed

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