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Nation States and Internet Enforcement

Date & Time:
14:15:00 - 15:30:00,
Tuesday 9 March, 2004


The movement to re-engineer the Internet infrastructure both by public and private actors facilitates nation-state enforcement of legal and policy decisions against foreign activities on the Internet. States are likely to try to use network intermediaries such as payment systems and Internet service providers as enforcement instruments.

More importantly, states are also likely to harness the power of technological instruments such as worms, filters and packet interceptors to enforce decisions and sanction malfeasance against foreign users and service providers. The use of intermediaries and disruptive technologies as a state enforcement instrument, however, implicates critical policy choices regarding the territorial integrity and sovereignty of foreign states.

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  • Name: Dr Joel R. Reidenberg
  • Affiliation: Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law
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  • Bio: Joel R. Reidenberg is Professor of Law and a past Director of the Graduate Program in Law at Fordham University School of Law. He teaches courses in Information Privacy, Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Trade, Comparative Law and Contracts. Reidenberg has held appointments as a visiting professor at the Université de Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne), at the Université de Paris V (René Descartes) and at AT&T Laboratories – Public Policy Research.