Strange Jurisdictions

The development of control systems outside of meatspace

  • This piece was written over a year ago. It may no longer accurately reflect my views now, or may be factually outdated.

This essay was written for the Cybercrime module (SOCL491) of my MSc. It received a grade of Merit.

Abstract

Cyberspaces are unique in ways that have led to a parallel development of systems of governance within them that differs wildly from those in the terrestrial world we are familiar with—meatspace. This essay considers in just what ways the two spaces differ before presenting a series of case studies of distinct cyberspaces and the systems thereof, which serve as examples of the three models of governance that that have thusfar emerged within cyberspace: the Privy Council Model; the Democracy Model; and the Secret Police Model.

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