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Future Law Emerging Technology, Regulation and Ethics

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2025-09-01
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
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How can law ethically regulate a future of fast-changing technologies?

From recent inventions to science fiction, Future Law explores how law, ethics and regulation must respond to new technologies that challenge the boundaries of our ethics.

Author Biography

Lilian Edwards is Professor of Internet Law at the University of Strathclyde. Her principal research interests are in the law relating to the Internet, the Web and new technologies, with a European and comparative focus.She has co-edited three bestselling editions of Law and the Internet (Hart Publishing, 1997, 2000 and 2009) with Charlotte Waelde and a collection of essays, The New Legal Framework for E-Commerce in Europe (Bloomsbury, 2005).

Burkhard Schafer is Professor of Computational Legal Theory at the University of Edinburgh. He is co-founder and co-director of the Joseph Bell Centre for Legal Reasoning and Forensic Statistics.

Edina Harbinja is Senior Lecturer and LLM Programme Leader in the School of Law at the University of Hertfordshire.

Table of Contents

Table of cases, Table of statutes

1. The Future's Already Here, It's Just Unevenly Edited
Lilian Edwards, Burkhard Schafer and Edina Harbinja

Part I. From Privacy and Princesses, to Security and Star Wars
2. Privacy and Identity Through the Eyes of Disney Princesses
Paul Bernal

3. White Noise from the White Goods? Privacy by Design for Ambient Domestic Computing
Lachlan Urquhart

4. Citizen-Consumers in a Personalised Galaxy: Emotion Influenced Decision-Making, A True Path to the Dark Side?
Damian Clifford

5. Big Data Ethics: Darth Vader and the Green Cross Man
Miranda Mowbray

6. Security Vulnerabilities, Backdoors, Exploits and the Marketplace for Each: The Return of Boba Fett - Bug Bounty Hunter in the New Republic, Alana Maurushat
Rob Hamper

Part II. A Matter of (Future) Life and Death
7. Will My Genes Really Help Me Fit Into Those Jeans? Personal Genomics and Wrap Contracts
Andelka M. Phillips

8. On Living and Undead Wills: ZombAIs, Technology and the Future of Inheritance Law
Burkhard Schafer

9. 'Be Right Back': What Rights Do We Have Over Post-Mortem Avatars of Ourselves?
Lilian Edwards & Edina Harbinja

Part III. Regulating Autonomous Technologies: Software Are Doing it For Themselves
10. Autonomous Intelligent Agents and the Roman Law of Slavery
Andrew Katz & Michaela MacDonald

11. Autonomous Vehicles: An Analysis of the Regulatory and Legal Landscape
Catherine Easton

Part IV. Textual Poaching - Copyright in a Remix World
12. Living in a Remixed World: Comparative Analysis of Transformative Uses in Copyright Law
Andres Guadamuz

13. Repost This: Instagram and the Art of Re-photography
Melissa de Zwart


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