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Steve Hedley
Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly
The Internet - Making a difference?
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The early days of Internet Law paid huge attention to the status of the subject, and to the question of the difference between on-line and off-line worlds. Did the same laws which apply off-line also apply in “cyberspace”? How connected is the virtual world to the real world, and can the governments which so effectively assert control over the latter do the same for the former? If they do, should we rejoice at the extension of the rule of law to another realm, or should we mourn lost freedoms?  Should we be looking for analogies between on-line and off-line activities, or insisting on the distinctiveness of the virtual? And where does all of this leave the claim that there is such a thing as “Internet Law”?

Queen's University Belfast
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