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Technological Neutrality in Law and Politics: A Political Reappraisal

ISBN13: 9781138714571
To be Published: July 2020
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £90.00

Technological neutrality in law is, roughly, the idea that law should neither help nor hinder particular types of technological artefacts. It has been adopted as a fundamental principle by courts, legislatures, governmental and inter-governmental organizations around the world. Its guiding premises have been instantiated in important related debates, some of which have captured the global Internet policy mind-set, ranging from network neutrality to the neutrality of search engine operators, mobile application ecosystems and Internet platforms in general. This book offers a systematic examination of this principle, rigorously questioning whether technological neutrality is a sound principle for law and policy making in the information age.

IT and Internet Law
Origins and Contours of Technological Neutrality
Law, Vagueness and Technological Change
Technology and Political Neutrality: The Bracketing Strategy
Politics and the Information Environment: Articulation, Stratification and Recognition
The Neutralization of Otherness
Autonomy, Harmony and Personhood