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BAUTISTA, Florbeth O.

7:30 pm
Technology and the Law
Grano, Jr.

Thursday; 5:30 pm –
Atty. Romulo De

Critique Paper on Professor Jonathan Zittrain’s Lecture

This lecture provides the following insights: (1) internet system has
evolved from centralized to distributed, wherein the control for introducing,
sharing and receiving information was not centralized to one authority.
However, the other side of this is that viruses and worms can also spread
easily throughout this system; (2) data can be transferred fast and easily e.g
peers wherein two company agrees to receive packets and give data to each
other but this might cause certain consequences because certain information
can be used for illicit purpose; (3) internet technology is so sophisticated and
though a very helpful tool cannot be able to predict through time.

Professor Zittrain gives the basic foundation on how to understand
basic concepts and principles regarding internet technology. He also cites
some implication that is inevitable through the enjoyment or practice of
such; he gives an example that it can be used for nefarious purposes for e.g.
purporting to be a bank and demanding an update of information. However,
as expected he cannot give a blanket solution to the problem since nobody
can. But he also cite the the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) which
from what he said I can deduce that this organization not only improves the
quality of the intenet but also comply with certain rules and law. Being the
one cognizant with this very complicated topic, it is also good to know that
there is an organization who volunteered to make this system work.

Internet technology though a very revolutionary invention that
improves lives, economies, and well-being of each and every one. It has
several consequences that some had already been dealt with through law
and other through technology also eg, good worms. As he implies, though
one of the solution is government-private cooperation, this seems to be an

It must be able to keep in pace with the latest in technology to keep up with the various elements that use the Internet. But just like every right it should be exercised in consideration of others and with due regard that in exercising the same one must not trample other rights.impossible task. His point is very well-taken given the fact that there are two vital interests colliding in this case: the improvement of technology and the government interest of protecting itself and its citizen. and for the “cloud” to be totally policed one would need a highly centralized body that does not stop policing every single entity on the Internet. hence his “central post office” analogy. whether for good or for evil. . This is a game of cat and mouse. The extent of the “cloud” is virtually limitless. Though “rights” maybe a vague term. every citizen should act in accordance with the law. and considering the very fast pace of technological development they will quickly know that their laws won’t be foolproof for very long. law and technology. This is a huge challenge for lawmakers. Improvement of technology is not only a national concern but also an international concern and our constitution even explicitly provides for the enhancement of the same. its definition maybe enlarged or lessened by custom and law. There should be a delicate balance of the two important interests to make sure that technology should not be hampered by government intrusion while the Government should act in accordance to its mandate to protect the welfare of its people. The question now is twofold: does the existing law covers such illicit acts over the internet. This puts the legislature in a very difficult task to enact laws that can regulate unscrupulous activities on the Internet according to its mandate. Since in our jurisprudence. customs are applied only in the court of justice in the absence of law. let alone feasible. and second: can the congress keep up with the latest ideas from the people who are experts in their field? Professor Zittrain’s idea that the core principles of internet technology like the “cloud” are entities that is virtually impossible to police and apply the law. This is hugely impractical. The use of technology can be considered a right of every citizen.