We’ve spent the semester looking at a range of Internet issues within the US, and a discussion sparked by a classmate about copyright protection in the UK made us start contemplating legal systems in other nations. What tenants of America’s history and legal system are we taking for granted when we’re discussing new issues in cyberspace, and how are other nations approaching these same issues? We wanted to take a look at a sampling of nations – the United Kingdom, China, Italy, and Pakistan – and, by looking at a number of current court cases or pieces of proposed legislation, get a general sense of what direction each country is heading toward with regard to issues like privacy and censorship. We’ve combed through contemporary blogs and newspapers to place these case studies in their historical contexts, taking care to look up the legal concepts we were unfamiliar with. This blog documents our journey, and we hope it proves to be a readable, engaging introduction to placing the United States’ current debates into a global perspective.

– Carrie Tian and Zachary Popp