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Norm Origin and Development in Cyberspace: Models of Cybernorm Evolution

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Washington University Law Quarterly


Social norm theory seeks to explain such informal constraints on human behavior. While numerous areas of academia employ social norm theory, scholars have yet to apply it directly to the study of the Internet. This Article traces norm origin and development in cyberspace and presents a corresponding theory of “cybernorms”; a theory which explains informal constraints on human behavior in cyberspace.