Updated: Jan 19, 2021
The Internet has taken the world by storm. No one prepared for a mass influx of computers, access to information, and everything that has followed. Not the lawmakers or lawyers, and most certainly not the Founding Fathers. There is no standard for cyberlaw. It is new and shaped by changes nearly every day. While the Founding Fathers may not have directly discussed the Internet at the Constitutional Convention, the laws and rights they drafted still play an integral part in cyberlaw. Now that the Internet dominates our lives, we use the Constitution as a guideline for cyberlaw, ensuring that the rights of Americans are guaranteed and not infringed upon.
Cyberlaw is a hotly debated topic. It is defined as the body of law dealing with computer networks, specifically the Internet. As Internet traffic increases, the legal problems involving technology have skyrocketed, creating the need for new legislation and policies regulating technology, computers, and the Internet. Here at the WiCyS UCSB Cyberlaw Blog, we intend to explore the cyberlaw debate. We will review and analyze legislation, court cases, and legal matters surrounding cyberlaw, explicitly looking into copyright, fraud, defamation, protection of trade secrets, freedom of speech, and significant pieces of U.S. legislation. As the Cyberlaw field continues to adapt to changes daily, stay tuned for our take on the most recent topics and an analysis of cyberlaw policies of the past that have brought us to where we are today.