The Article highlights the language of the digital and the principle of modularization as the basic concepts which the further development of the information environment will have to pivot around, regardless of how conflicts between freedom and control are temporarily solved. Perceiving both the computer and the Internet as complex systems, the authors look at how modular design of these systems freed the functionality of applications from the physicality of infrastructures, describe the evolutionary gains adhering to modularity, and how to preserve them - elaborating on the issues of access to the cable platform for broadband Internet and to virtual networks for computer technology. Their second focus shows how digitalization of information makes possible the merger of content and its protection. Especially through the use of DRM systems, private actors can create right enforcement mechanisms independent of the State. The legal system therefore faces new and more complex relations between private will and public sovereignty. In such a merged system it is harder to maintain freedom - much like in the fusion of function and infrastructure.
OTTOLIA, ANDREA and WIELSCH, DAN
"MAPPING THE INFORMATION ENVIRONMENT: LEGAL ASPECTS OF MODULARIZATION AND DIGITALIZATION,"
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Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/yjolt/vol6/iss1/3