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Future Law: Emerging Technology, Ethics and Regulation

Edited by: Lilian Edwards, Burkhard Schafer, Edina Harbinja

ISBN13: 9781474417617
To be Published: March 2020
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Country of Publication: Scotland
Format: Hardback
Price: £95.00
Paperback edition not yet published, ISBN13 9781474417624

How can law ethically regulate a future of fast-changing technologies? From recent inventions to science fiction, Future Law explores how law, ethics and regulation must respond to new technologies that challenge the boundaries of our ethics.

The first part sets out some crucial underlying ideas about cyberlaw. How is the internet built, controlled and regulated? How might law respond to an entirely new technology such as teleportation? These questions are examined alongside issues of net neutrality, 24/7 surveillance and the internet of things. The book then analyses case studies of 'scary' new technologies, including autonomous vehicles, DIY genetics and artificial creation of human organs. Each of these technologies is on the cusp of becoming mass market, and this book explores how law and ethics are attempting to deal with their emergent phase. Finally, we look at technology regulation in a more legalistic framework, focusing on how we monetise new technologies within the context of privacy and surveillance, crime regulation, intellectual property and virtual property.

The conclusion looks forward to where law might go next and what clues we might have as to how to regulate new-phase technology such as the Singularity, artificial intelligence, telepathy and a blockchain world.

1. The Future’s Already Here, It’s Just Unevenly Edited
Lilian Edwards, Burkhard Schafer and Edina Harbinja
Part I. From Privacy and Princesses, to Security and Star Wars
2. Privacy and Identity Through the Eyes of Disney Princesses
Paul Bernal
3. White Noise from the White Goods? Privacy by Design for Ambient Domestic Computing
Lachlan Urquhart
4. Citizen-Consumers in a Personalised Galaxy: Emotion Influenced Decision-Making, A True Path to the Dark Side?
Damian Clifford
5. Big Data Ethics: Darth Vader and the Green Cross Man
Miranda Mowbray
6. Security Vulnerabilities, Backdoors, Exploits and the Marketplace for Each: The Return of Boba Fett – Bug Bounty Hunter in the New Republic
Alana Maurushat & Rob Hamper
Part II. A Matter of (Future) Life and Death
7. Will My Genes Really Help Me Fit Into Those Jeans? Personal Genomics and Wrap Contracts
Andelka M. Phillips
8. On Living and Undead Wills: ZombAIs, Technology and the Future of Inheritance Law
Burkhard Schafer
9. ‘Be Right Back’: What Rights Do We Have Over Post-Mortem Avatars of Ourselves?
Lilian Edwards & Edina Harbinja
Part III. Regulating Autonomous Technologies: Software Are Doing it For Themselves
10. Autonomous Intelligent Agents and the Roman Law of Slavery
Andrew Katz & Michaela MacDonald
11. Autonomous Vehicles: An Analysis of the Regulatory and Legal Landscape
Catherine Easton
Part IV. Textual Poaching – Copyright in a Remix World
12. Living in a Remixed World: Comparative Analysis of Transformative Uses in Copyright Law
Andres Guadamuz
13. Repost This: Instagram and the Art of Re-photography
Melissa de Zwart