As cyberspace and real space function differently, they cannot implicate the same legal values. The most elementary wisdom invites us to forget our legal past, so obviously ill-adapted to the Internet, so as to gain a better insight into the functioning of virtual space. Attempts to regulate the Internet in the same way as the real world have inevitably failed and will continue to fail. The only solution that can foster the expansion of the net and justify state intervention will come from a philosophy of law suited to virtuality. Our philosophical legal traditions stemmed from agricultural and industrial roots and are therefore widely useless within the virtual context. They cannot help us- but the philosophy of ancient civilizations can. At first sight, it may seem paradoxical to look to ancient civilizations for counsels on legal regulation of the Internet. But the virtual world is not a modern invention, it has existed forever. Ancient Egyptian Wisdom for the Internet demonstrates that the legal philosophy and knowledge of ancient civilizations are of great value in helping us deal with the Internet.
Through a challenging exploration of ancient legal knowledge this book offers new perspective on how to deal with, and best profit from the Internet.
Anna Mancini is a freelance consultant and translator living in New York. She has taught Business at the University level in Europe.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Fundamental Differences between Cyberspace and Real Space: Earthly Life and Virtual World; Wealth from Matter and Wealth from People Chapter 3 The Legal Impact on the Virtual World: The Example of the Ancient Roman Law: The Theories of the Distinction of Rights: Material Rights and Personal Rights; The Roman Root: The Distinction between actio in rem and actio in personam; Test Chapter 4 Which Kind of Justice for the Internet: Unveiling the Ancient Egyptian Concept of Justice: Ancient Egypt, a Civilisation Focused on Justice; The Egyptian Justice through Egyptology and History of Religions; Symbols as a Key to Access a Pre-Log Chapter 5 Notes Chapter 6 Bibliography Chapter 7 Index