7 SCRIPTed 185 (2010)
The Online Public or Cybercitizen

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                        Volume 7, Issue 1, April 2010






              THE ONLINE PUBLIC OR CYBERCITIZEN

                                 Andrew Power*



Abstract

As both citizens and the state increasingly use online mediated environments, the
nature of the public and thus public law has changed. As individuals and state actors
use avatars as their online representatives in virtual environments, the notion of the
cybercitizen is growing in importance.
In these environments, rules, protocols and acceptable behaviours exist amongst
participants and are no less respected by the community they affect for their current
lack of legal status. As governments move more of their activities online the state is
recognising and legitimising a new public, or at least a new expression of public.
This paper looks at examples of the application of law to this new constituency and
seeks to examine different ideas of identity and governance in an online mediated
environment. It seeks to answer the question of whether the public can have coherent,
congruent meanings across disparate areas of law, and to broaden the understanding
of cyberlaw.




                         DOI: 10.2966/scrip. 070110.185



              Andrew Power 2010. This work is licensed under a Creative
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* Head of School of Creative Technologies at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Ireland;
Doctoral student of Governance at Queens University Belfast.

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