A number of Lifestream posts this week have looked at how digital cultures inform, infuse and reshape legal deliberations. Here’s my latest observation of this restructuring at work, in a piece from BBC News:
It’s not that the law per se has changed: alleged murder remains alleged murder. But the ability to pursue and prosecute – and, indeed, to police – varies with technical changes and diffusion.
This predates the digital: for instance, Crippen was arrested for murder only with the aid of the telegram. What’s new with the digital is the range of issues raised for legal practice. Here, for instance, the ownership of data (interesting that it lies with Amazon, not the customer), and the right to privacy.
The First Amendment was not made with Echo smart speakers directly in mind, but it will need to work out what to do with them. And, just as technology restructures legal practices, so too it restructures educational practices. The raft of such instances in our press is unlikely to dry up in the near future.