Bridging the Accountability Gap: Rights for New Entities in the Information Society?

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Title
Bridging the Accountability Gap: Rights for New Entities in the Information Society?
Journal
Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & technology
Author(s)
Koops B.-J., Hildebrandt M., Jaquet-Chiffelle D.-O.
Publication state
Published
Issued date
06/2010
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
11
Number
2
Pages
497-561
Language
english
Abstract
Technological developments in the information society bring new challenges, both to the applicability and to the enforceability of the law. One major challenge is posed by new entities such as pseudonyms, avatars, and software agents that operate at an increasing distance from the physical persons "behind" them (the "principal"). In case of accidents or misbehavior, current laws require that the physical or legal principal behind the entity be found so that she can be held to account. This may be problematic if the linkability of the principal and the operating entity is questionable.
In light of the ongoing developments in electronic agents, there is sufficient reason to conduct a review of the literature in order to more closely examine arguments for and against legal personhood for some nonhuman acting entities. This article also includes a discussion of alternative approaches to solving the "accountability gap."
Keywords
limited personhood, personhood for non-humans, agency, legal accountability, virtual persons, automatic agents, autonomic agents, autonomous agenets,
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