ISBN 9789382993223,The Electronic Silk Road: How the Web Binds the World Together in Commerce

The Electronic Silk Road: How the Web Binds the World Together in Commerce



Cambridge University Press

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9789382993223

ISBN-10 9382993223


Number of Pages 302 Pages
Language (English)

Computer & Internet

On the ancient Silk Road, treasure-laden caravans made their arduous way through deserts and mountain passes, establishing trade between Asia and the civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean. Todays electronic Silk Roads ferry information across continents, enabling individuals and corporations anywhere to provide or receive services without obtaining a visa. But the legal infrastructure for such trade is yet rudimentary and uncertain. If an event in cyberspace occurs at once everywhere and nowhere, what law applies? How can consumers be protected when engaging with companies across the world? In this accessible book, cyber-law expert Anupam Chander provides the first thorough discussion of the law that relates to global Internet commerce. Addressing up-to-the-minute examples, such as Googles struggles with China, the Pirate Bays skirmishes with Hollywood, and the outsourcing of services to India, the author insightfully analyzes the difficulties of regulating Internet trade. Chander then lays out a framework for future policies, showing how countries can dismantle barriers while still protecting consumer interests.
Introduction: Tracing a Silk Road Through Cyberspace
1. The New Global Division of Labor
2. Western Entrepot: Silicon Valley
3. Eastern Entrepot: Bangalore
4. Pirates of Cyberspace
5. Facebookistan
6. Freeing Trade in Cyberspace
7. Handshakes Across the World
8. Glocalization and Harmonization
9. Last Stop: Middle Kingdom
Glossary: A Cheat Sheet for Global E-Commerce
About the Author: Anupam Chander
Anupam Chander, Professor, law, University of California, Davis, and Director, California International Law Center