Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology
The relations between law and technology are both simple and exceedingly complex. At the most elementary level, technology consists in the application of labor to create a product, to generate a service or otherwise to produce a desired result. Technology develops as ways are found to produce new results or to produce old results using fewer or less costly inputs. Law is generally understood to exist as a set of rules adopted by a society's governing institutions that are applicable to all of its inhabitants.' All modern societies have established institutions charged with making determinations about the applicability and interpretations of these rules.
Daniel J. Gifford, Law and Technology: Interactions and Relationships, 8 Minn. J.L. Sci. & Tech. 571 (2007), available at http://scholarship.law.umn.edu/faculty_articles/324.