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Law in an Era of “Smart” Technology$
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Susan W. Brenner

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333480

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333480.001.0001

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Law and Technology: An Overview

Law and Technology: An Overview

(p.7) CHAPTER 2 Law and Technology: An Overview
Law in an Era of “Smart” Technology

Susan W. Brenner

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by explaining what law is and what it is intended to accomplish, from a social systems perspective. It differentiates between civil and criminal law and explains that the book will primarily focus on criminal law for several reasons. The most important reason is that criminal law tends to be the first area of law to encounter problems that arise with how law deals with technologies because criminals tend to be the first to adapt new technologies for undesirable purposes. The chapter also introduces and explains the notion of context-specific laws. It explains what they are, why they arose, and what their limitations are as the implementation of technology moves from specialists to individual consumers.

Keywords:   context-specific technology, civil law, criminal law, pervasive technology, specialists

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