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Least-Cost Avoiders in Online Fraud and Abuse

by Benjamin Edelman


Web users face considerable fraud, malfeasance, and economic harm that system operators could prevent or mitigate. Although the legal system can respond, regulations have mixed results. I examine the applicable legal rules that constrain online fraud and the economic underpinnings to identify whether those rules assign responsibility to the parties best positioned to take action.

Keywords: Online Technology; Crime and Corruption; Governing Rules, Regulations, and Reforms; Economics; Law;


Edelman, Benjamin. "Least-Cost Avoiders in Online Fraud and Abuse." IEEE Security & Privacy 8, no. 4 (July–August 2010): 78–81.