Internet law and policy from a Canadian perspective

Sara Smyth

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Every new technology is both a burden and a blessing, and this is especially true with respect to the Internet. This global communications infrastructure has been in a state of constant flux for the past several decades due to freewheeling human innovation. While this has provided us with new institutions, fresh ideas, and a keen awareness of creativity and intellectual freedom, something quite alarming has also taken place. Cybercrime is now severe, pervasive, aggressive, and increasingly sophisticated, and this poses a significant threat to the Internet's viability as an essential element of our critical infrastructure. This might come as a surprise to many given that the Internet flourished for decades with scarcely any regulation whatsoever. The fact that it was such a successful engine of innovation and economic growth meant that regulation could largely be ignored in debates about Internet policy in Canada. However, the days of the Net as unregulated-or even as 'unregulable'-must come to an end.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCanadian criminal justice policy
Subtitle of host publicationContemporary perspectives
EditorsKarim Ismaili, Jane B. Sprott, Kim Varma
Place of PublicationToronto
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages35
ISBN (Print)9780195439410
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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