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Internet and Computing Legislation

As a business and public tool, the Internet is in its infancy, especially when compared with other forms of communication technology such as radio, television, and the telephone system. It follows then that the relevant government legislation is also in its infancy and that the regulatory and legislative pace is fast and evolving very quickly. As with other major shifts in the culture, with the Internet, the government has struggled to understand its potential impact on business and society, how it is both similar to and different from other forms of communication, and what public policy role the government should assume. Because of this, most of the legal framework that applies to and affects the Internet emanates from regulatory and judicial bodies interpreting existing law ...

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