As part of my thesis work, I have long been considering what the appropriate objectives for communications regulation in a digital networked environment should look like, and how they interplay with each other.
It seemed to me that goal evaluation as an essential element of the process of designing regulatory frameworks has often been ignored by lawyers and legal scholars. The paper stresses the importance of pinpointing the precise regulatory objectives in the fluid environment of electronic communications, since, due to their technological and economic development, they have become the vital basis for communication and distribution of information in modern societies. The paper attempts an analysis of the underlying regulatory objectives in contemporary communications and seeks to put together the complex puzzle of economic and societal issues.
Here is a slightly edited and updated version of my paper. Comments are most welcome.