behavior developed by the community in question rather than imposed as pronouncements from outside.

A question argued repeatedly in both the forum and the workshop was the extent to which special legislation is needed to govern the new networked communities. According to this view, there is something new and unusual about the new electronic environment that may need special legislation to protect its unique qualities. Others argue that there is no particular need for network-specific laws, as existing laws for the most part cover miscreant behavior that might occur on networks. Moreover, to be effective new legislation requires a social consensus both about what is new or unique about networks as compared to other media and about what values that legislation will embody. Such a consensus does not exist today.



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