In Search of Jeffersons Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace

Paperback | January 25, 2012

byDavid G. Post

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In 1787, Thomas Jefferson, then the American Minister to France, had the "complete skeleton, skin and horns" of an American moose shipped to him in Paris and mounted in the lobby of his residence as a symbol of the vast possibilities contained in the strange and largely unexplored New World.Taking a cue from Jefferson's efforts, David Post, one of the nation's leading Internet scholars, here presents a pithy, colorful exploration of the still mostly undiscovered territory of cyberspace - what it is, how it works, and how it should be governed. What law should the Internet have, and who should make it? What are we to do, and how are we to think, about online filesharing and copyright law, about Internet pornography and free speech, about controlling spam, and online gambling, and cyberterrorism, and the use of anonymous remailers, or thepractice of telemedicine, or the online collection and dissemination of personal information? How can they be controlled? Should they be controlled? And by whom? Post presents the Jeffersonian ideal - small self-governing units, loosely linked together as peers in groups of larger and larger size -as a model for the Internet and for cyberspace community self-governance. Deftly drawing on Jefferson's writings on the New World in Notes on the State of Virginia, Post draws out the many similarities (and differences) between the two terrains, vividly describing how the Internet actually functionsfrom a technological, legal, and social perspective as he uniquely applies Jefferson's views on natural history, law, and governance in the New World to illuminate the complexities of cyberspace. In Search of Jefferson's Moose is a lively, accessible, and remarkably original overview of the Internet and what it holds for the future.

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In 1787, Thomas Jefferson, then the American Minister to France, had the "complete skeleton, skin and horns" of an American moose shipped to him in Paris and mounted in the lobby of his residence as a symbol of the vast possibilities contained in the strange and largely unexplored New World.Taking a cue from Jefferson's efforts, David ...

David Post is currently the I. Herman Stern Professor of Law at the Beasley School of Law at Temple University, where he teaches intellectual property law and the law of cyberspace. He is also an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute, a Fellow at the Institute for Information Law and Policy at New York Law School, and a contributor to...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:January 25, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsA Note to the ReaderPrologue: The Fox, the Hedgehog, and the MoosePart I: Chaos1. Mapping the Territory: The Geography of Nowhere2. Population3. Networks4. Jefferson's Moose, and The Problem of Scale (I)5. The Problem of Scale (II)6. Connections7. Language, IInterludePart II: Order8. Language II9. Governing Cyberspace I: Code10. Governing Cyberspace II: Names11. Governing Cyberspace III: Law12. Newton's Plow, and The Condition of the General MindEpilogue: Jefferson's Nature, and the Nature of CyberspaceReferences and Suggested Readings