Knowledge, Technology & Policy

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 19-37

Sectors and strategies of global communications regulation

  • Bernd HolznagelAffiliated withthe Institute für Informations, Telekommunikations-und Medienrecht (Institute for Information, Telecommunication, and Media Law) (ITM) at the University of Münster
  • , Raymund WerleAffiliated withthe Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies) in Cologne

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As the global communication network matures, the systems and procedures for regulating the growing network and its use are being challenged. The general proliferation of services or the specific demand for electronic transactions require guidance and control which the market alone cannot supply. Meanwhile, traditional regulatory regimes remain far from global or coherent. This article distinguishes between coordination and regulation to clarify areas where government intervention is unnecessary and where indispensable. It explores the current patchwork of regulatory approaches, reviews different regulatory areas and strategies, identifies trends, and highlights problem areas particular to electronic commerce and third party protection.