Technology Law (2): Internet Law and Public Policy

example graphic We are facing legal challenges from a new era of the Internet of Things

After observing the internet, one of the fathers of the internet Dr. Vinton G. Cerf said, “Virtual and real worlds will merge. Virtual interactions will have real world consequences. Control of the electrical grid and power generation systems could be made to appear to be part of a virtual environment in which actions in the virtual space affect actions in the real space.”
Current robots have difficulty understanding unstructured environments due to the inherent diversity and unpredictability of phenomena in the real world. However, new developments like ubiquitous computing, cloud computing, the Internet of Things and next-generation internet technologies will make it easier for networked robots to get structured information about their physical environment. For China’s 12th Five- Year Plan (2011-2015), establishing domestic cloud computing and the “Internet of Things Industry” is part of the objectives of its Seven Strategic Emerging Industries Plan. It will bring strong impact for the development of Networked Robotics in China, for example smart houses, intelligent transportation, automated logistic, etc. Therefore, it is necessary to observe and analyze the technical and legal risks for Networked Robotics technology.


01. Yueh-Hsuan Weng (2013) Contractual Issues and Service Level Agreements for Cloud Computing, Internet Law Review, Vol. 15, Peking University Press [LINK]
02. Yueh-Hsuan Weng (2012) (1) The Internet of Things and Automation: Overlapping the Real and Virtual Worlds, PKU Internet Law Watch, Vol. 8, No. 5
03. Yueh-Hsuan Weng (2012) (2) Intelligent Transportation: Addressing the Liability Impact of Automated Systems: with Prof. Dr. Giovanni Sartor and Dr. Giuseppe Contissa, PKU Internet Law Watch, Vol. 8, No. 5
04. Yueh-Hsuan Weng (2012) (3) Smart Grid: A Balance between Network Economy and Information Security: with Dr. Xian He, Vol. 8, No. 5, PKU Internet Law Watch, 2012
05. Yueh-Hsuan Weng (2012) Law & Networked Robotics: Some legal Issues on the Internet of Things, Aula 6, 12:00-15:00, SSSA Seminar, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, June 6th 2012
06. Yueh-Hsuan Weng (2012) Yahoo! Research Grant, “The Internet of Things and Automation: Legislation and Policy Research”, PKU-Yahoo! Internet Law Center
07. Yueh-Hsuan Weng, Sophie T.H. Zhao (2011) The Legal Challenges of Networked Robotics: From the Safety Intelligence Perspective, XXV. IVR World Congress on Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy Special Workshop on AICOL, (16:00~16:20) Room HZ 8, Building N.4, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, 15th August 2011 [LINK]
08. Yueh-Hsuan Weng (2011) Networked Robots: A Brief Look at Its Possible Legal Implications, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (IEEE ICRA’11) Workshop on Roboethics, (16:30~17:00) Room 5B, SHICC, Shanghai, 13th May 2011 [PDF]
09. Chien-Hsun Chen (2010) Cloud Technology: Introduction to International Trend of Cloud Computing, PKU Internet Law Watch, Vol. 6, No. 5
10. Yuan Mu (2010) Cloud Structure: Normative Analysis of the Definition and Structure of Cloud Computing, PKU Internet Law Watch, Vol. 6, No. 5
11. Seth Wang (2010) Cloud Risks: The Analysis on the Technological Risks of Cloud Computing, PKU Internet Law Watch, Vol. 6, No. 5
12. Yueh-Hsuan Weng (2010) Cloud Regulation: Toward a Legal Framework from Social System Design Perspective, PKU Internet Law Watch, Vol. 6, No. 5
13. Yueh-Hsuan Weng (2010) Technology Review: On Cloud Computing and Virtualization, PKU Cyberlaw Workshop, 17:00-19:00, China Technology Exchange Center, Zhongguancun, Beijing, October 16th 2010 [LINK]
14. Yueh-Hsuan Weng (2010) Yahoo! Research Grant, “Cloud Computing and the Network Social System Design Perspective”, PKU-Yahoo! Internet Law Center