Federal Communications Law Journal

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53 Federal Communications Law Journal 117 (2001)


The Internet now reaches 60 million users in 160 countries, with the number increasing each year. Although cyberspace has been viewed as a self-regulating entity controlled by no government, this myth is being destroyed as the global Internet community expands. With this expansion comes a question: Who has the authority to regulate cyberspace? Given that decisions about the Internet reach far beyond national borders, the answer to this question is unknown, but certainly has broad implications. Traditional laws of international jurisdiction, including jurisdiction to prescribe, jurisdiction to adjudicate, and jurisdiction to enforce, offer some clear answers. However, further development of these laws will be required in order to solve inevitable conflicts. For the time being, Internet users should be aware that the consequence for a few keystrokes is uncertain and possibly severe.