Why are the United States and the European Union failing to regulate the internet efficiently? Going beyond the bottom-up and top-down alternatives

Jay P Kesan, Andres A. Gallo

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Abstract

This paper analyzes the different approaches for Internet regulation. We use the United States and European Union to illustrate the alternative approaches of self-regulation and government intervention. Our research suggests that both systems have serious short-comings that could be ameliorated by the use of a mixed system for Internet regulation in which both the private and public sector have a role. The case study of privacy rights self regulation in the United States and its failure to effectively provide privacy regulation serves as our empirical evidence. We provide guidelines for both the government and the private sector in defining and enforcing privacy regulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-266
Number of pages30
JournalEuropean Journal of Law and Economics
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2006

Keywords

  • Comparative regulation
  • Internet governance
  • Internet regulation
  • Law and economics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Law

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