Saturday, March 13, 2010

Has the Law Finally Caught up with the Internet?

In a word, no. But there are signs that times are changing, however. Recently, a man was fined for sending insulting messages to his girlfriend on Facebook. No matter what you think of this case, this much is certain: this is a dramatic example of the law attempting to make sense of the rapidly evolving world of technology.

In fact, Facebook has been used in divorce cases, and has made big waves recently with its attempts to get tough with child predators. And this is just an example of more to come. Many more sites will start aggressively policing themselves, and getting tough with people who bring an unsavory element to their online community.

And this is smart.

Internet law is one of the hottest professions right now. It is just a matter of time before international law completely catches up to technological advances. Going forward, I expect the drumbeat of successful lawsuits to get louder. Cyber-bullying and online harassment are real. If more isn't done to alleviate it, then the law will be more than happy to impose itself. And that day is coming.

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