The Law of the Tetrapods

Henry T. Greely · 22 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. 251

Abstract

Should there be such a thing as “Technology Law”? This Article explores that question in two ways. It first looks at four substantive issues that appear across many different areas of technology law: privacy, security, property, and responsibility. It then examines five questions that frequently recur about how to regulate very different new technologies. These questions include which agency should regulate, whether regulation should focus on before or after marketing, what jurisdiction should regulate, how relevant new information will be gained and used, and how—politically—good regulation can be enacted. This Article concludes that it may make sense to develop a true field of “technology law.”