Gary Chapman

Gary Chapman is director of the 21st Century Project at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the graduate school of public policy at the University of Texas.

Recent Articles

Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace

American readers of newspapers, magazines, and books are now subjected to a veritable fire hose of information about the Internet every day. The Internet has become, in the past few years, its own genre of news, like sports or entertainment. In many major U.S. cities, it seems even to dominate the social conversations one inevitably overhears in restaurants, bars, and cocktail parties. It's a bottomless source of chatter. This onslaught of information--from the trivial to the epochal, and everything in between--has the paradoxical effect of making it difficult to discern what is actually going on with this powerful technology that is transforming communications, politics, economics, and the law. This is not just the familiar problem of an inability to see the forest for the trees; in the case of the Internet, the trees themselves seem to be continually morphing into something unfamiliar and novel. The result is often, for many people, an incoherent phantasmagoria of new technologies,...