Standards, Contracts and Codes
Edited by Marta Cantero Gamito and Hans -W. Micklitz
Chapter 5: The standardization of the internet and the international harmonization of ecommerce
This chapter presents the development of the internet, in particular the harmonization of ecommerce, and introduces some of the different actors involved. To do so, first the technical and general characteristics of the internet and ecommerce and the challenges they pose are displayed. Then the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), regulating assignment of IPv6 numbers, is presented as a striking example of internet governance. Other main aspects are the standardization of ecommerce through electronic platforms, in particular blockchain technology and the standardization of licence contracts in terms of copyright law.
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