chapter  7
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Shaping space: The regulatory ecologies of hyperspace

Adequate regulation is obviously essential if the potential advantages of capacities like telepresence are not to be subverted for selfish gain. Yet temptations to exploit control are always likely to arise where there are both plausible rationales for its necessity and new sets of resources for its implementation. Predictably enough, such temptations appear to have been irresistible so far. An obvious question then arises; are the growing quantity and variety of regulatory mechanisms directed at hyperspatial interaction helping to maximise its positive benefits or are they also creating new sets of harms in their wake?