Giving Chase in Cyberspace: Does Vigilantism Against Hackers and File-Sharers Make Sense?

In the wild world of the Internet, it’s hard for consumers and businesses to fully protect themselves from hackers, spammers, and other ill-doers. Some lawmakers and businesses are pushing bills to grant special legal status to businesses seeking to aggressively protect their own copyright interests. Self-protection is a laudable goal, but, as the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Director of Technology Studies Clyde Wayne Crews, Jr. explains in a new CEI study, government-sanctioned cybersecurity vigilantism would create more problems than it would solve.

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