Electronic Commerce

Electronic Commerce (also known as "E-Commerce") is commerce that is transacted over a network, typically the Internet.

Electronic commerce includes several different technologies and legal areas, such as:

  • Contract formation (including clickwrap and browsewrap agreements)

  • Choice of law and jurisdiction

  • Technology Licensing

  • PCI banking transactions

  • Web development

  • Software development agreements

  • Software licensing (both closed source and open source)



Ron has made numerous presentations in this area (as well as taught e-commerce at both the University of Houston and South Texas College of Law as an Adjunct Professor for fourteen years).  Here is a sample of his presentations on e-commerce:

What's All the Fuss About GDPR?

Known formally as the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679,i GDPR is a European Union law concerning the protection and the privacy of individual's personal data. GDPR was drafted with the understanding that companies want personal data about individuals, and that individuals must be free to chose whether or not that data will be provided to companies and under what conditions.

Encryption Made Easy

These slides were part of a web video that was made at the State Bar of Texas studios on May 9, 2017. This is about the mechanics of utilizing encryption in a law practice.

Distributed Autonomous Organizations

These are the slides from a presentation made to a joint meeting of the Houston-area chapters of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) and InfraGuard Tech SIG on January 26, 2017. This presentation addressed cryptocurrencies, blockchains, smart contracts, smart property, distributed autonomous organizations, distributed autonomous corporations and jurisdiction over them.

Alternative Uses for Bitcoin-Technology in Law

This is the paper version of the presentation on Bitcoins and Blockchains that was presented at the Advanced Business Law Seminar in Dallas, Texas on November 17, 2016. This paper is an introduction to blockchains and is intended as a primer for the slide presentation.

The Cybersecurity Landscape

An assessment of the cybersecurity situation for businesses and lawyers. Presented at the Advanced Business Law Seminar in Houston, Texas on November 19, 2015.

Computer Forensics - Tracking the Hacker

Presented at a webinar for the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) on November 17, 2015. There was a panel of three individuals who covered how to detect a hacker, how to find the hacker, and then what to do about it. My focus was on the latter of the three, and in particular what evidence do you need to collect in order to make a case against the hacker.

Controls Over Artificial Agents

Presentation regarding business controls over software containing artificial intelligence. Presented to the Greater Houston Area Chapter of ISACA on September 17, 2015.

Before the Cloud Turns Dark and it Begins to Rain

This paper was presented to the Essentials of Business Law Seminar on March 7, 2018 in Houston, Texas. The paper was written by Joseph Jacobson of Dallas, Texas. While Joseph and I collaborated on the paper, he is the author. I was the simply the presenter of the paper.

Asset and Database Protection

These were the slides that accompanied my lecture to my class entitled "Digital Transactions" at the University of Houston Law Center (where I was an Adjunct Professor) on October 17, 2006.