Chapter 18. Law

In his address to the first World Wide Web Conference in CERN in 1994, Tim Berners-Lee described the Web project as “the chance to build a whole new world.” Today, the Web is no longer a frontier town but a world inhabited by a billion people who use it to obtain news and information; to communicate with their family, friends, and business partners; to buy, sell, and advertise; and a hundred other uses. The Web is a world of people, not technology, and no human society has endured without law and order.

The law is like a massive siege gun used to batter the walls of a baroque fortress. It is a powerful weapon, but one that ...

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