PhD thesis: digital constitutionalism and the role of the rule of law in the governance of virtual communities

My PhD thesis is available here: Digital constitutionalism and the role of the rule of law in virtual communities.

Abstract:

This thesis considers one main question: how should we regulate the exercise of private governance power in virtual communities? This question centres on the legitimacy of governance in the way that community norms are created and enforced. This is the project of digital constitutionalism, which seeks to articulate a set of limits on private power that will best encourage innovation and autonomy and simultaneously protect the legitimate interests of participants in these increasingly important spaces. In answering this question, I provide a normative framework based upon the broad ideals of the rule of law through which to conceptualise the tensions about governance that arise in virtual communities.

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PhD final seminar: Digital Constitutionalism and the Role of the Rule of Law in the Governance of Virtual Communities

[edit: now with more slides! PDF (3MB)¬†ODP (5MB)] My final seminar for my PhD is this Tuesday. All are welcome; let me know if you’re interested in coming along! Date: Tuesday 16 February 2010 Time: 11:00am -12:00pm Venue: Z Block Room 1124, QUT Gardens Point campus Panel Chairperson/Principal Supervisor: Prof Brian Fitzgerald, Faculty of Law Read more about PhD final seminar: Digital Constitutionalism and the Role of the Rule of Law in the Governance of Virtual Communities[…]

Digital constitutionalism: the governance of virtual communities, part 1

digital constitutionalism, participant rights, virtual communities, virtual worlds, governance, thesis I am finally beginning to write up my thesis. What follows is the first half of the argument I plan to present. This will hopefully provide the structure for identifying the problem and the context of the argument. Comments welcome – what have I missed Read more about Digital constitutionalism: the governance of virtual communities, part 1[…]