Online Alternative Dispute Resolution

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As anyone who has used the Internet knows, the active, lucrative, entrepreneurial world of cyberspace is not without conflict. The extraordinary growth of online commerce and online transactions has generated many disputes; however, there are also resources online which are equipped to deal with these problems - resources that can even help us with any problems that may arise offline.


Dispute resolution is the process of resolving disputes between parties, and there are various methods of dispute resolution, which includes such things as: lawsuits (litigation), arbitration, mediation, conciliation, as well as many types of negotiation. Dispute resolution processes fall into two major types: adjudicative processes, such as litigation or arbitration, in which a judge, jury or arbitrator determines the outcome; and consensual processes, such as mediation, conciliation, or negotiation, in which the parties attempt to reach agreement. Some use the term dispute resolution to refer only to alternative dispute resolution (ADR); of which generally depends on agreement by the parties to use ADR processes, either before or after a dispute has arisen. However, dispute resolution can also take place online by using technology in certain cases. Online Dispute Resolution, a growing field of dispute resolution, uses new technologies to solve disputes. It also involves the application of traditional dispute resolution methods to disputes which arise online.1
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