UIC John Marshall Journal of Information Technology & Privacy Law


Andrew Murray


In this paper the author points out that complexity is at the heart of much of the work of today’s academia. The paper explains how the role of an academic researcher may be defined as studying and modelling complexity in an effort to make it accessible to a wider audience. This article models the complexity of regulatory relationships in communications networks and in particular the Internet. First, the article models the complexity of the regulatory environment. Next, it explains how regulators may harness the power of the network to achieve effective regulatory settlements by harnessing symbiotic regulation. Finally, it explains how symbiotic regulation may achieve a greater degree of effectiveness than traditional regulatory models of modern communications-enhanced networks of individuals. It further recommends how this model may be employed by both regulators and regulatory theorists in an effort to design a more comprehensive regulatory strategy for Cyberspace.