The Benefits and Challenges of Technology Neutral Regulation: a Scoping Review

Essi Puhakainen, Karin E. Väyrynen

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The principle of technology neutrality (PTN) is being used as a starting point for regulation by regulators around the world. While technology neutral ICT regulation is seen as an answer to regulators’ struggles to keep up with fast-paced changes of ICT, also critique towards this principle has been voiced. Here, we report on the results of a scoping review we conducted on literature in three research databases to summarize the current understanding of the benefits and challenges in the context of technology neutral regulation. We contribute to IS research by introducing to the IS community four benefits of and seven challenges related to technology neutral regulation – which has been foremost addressed in legal research so far – and by suggesting three research themes and questions for future IS research on, e.g., technology innovation, the development, adoption and use of technology, and a better theorization of the PTN.
Translated title of the contributionTeknologianeutraalin sääntelyn hyödyt ja haitat - kartoittava kirjallisuuskatsaus
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPACIS 2021 Proceedings
EditorsDoug Vogel
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
ISBN (Print)978-1-7336325-7-7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020
Externally publishedYes
MoEC publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventPacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS) 2021 -
Duration: 12 Jul 202114 Jul 2021
Conference number: 48


ConferencePacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS) 2021
Abbreviated titlePACIS 2021
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Field of science

  • Computer and information sciences


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