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Régulation de l'Internet. L'autorégulation nécessite-t-elle un cadre institutionnel ?

Authors
Journal
Revue économique
0035-2764
Publisher
CAIRN
Publication Date
Volume
52
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3406/reco.2001.410294
Disciplines
  • Design

Abstract

Regulating the internet: does self-regulation call for the design of an institutional framework? Is Internet an ideal model for a self-regulated economy? It seems possible to decentrely organize and render enforceable a property right system on which inter-individual negotiations could be based. Moreover, traditional State intervention is no longer operable since Internet users can bypass the usual regulatory frameworks. A the same time, the long-term sustainability of the competitive process is not guaranteed in the digital economy, and cyber-activities generate externalities that affect the non-users of the Internet. These call for the organization of an institutional framework that would avoid the capture of self-regulations by interest groups seeking to exercises monopoly power. Delegating the management of some essential resources - especially, the addressing system - to an entity responsible for the regulation in the last resort would enable the construction of such a framework.

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