Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace
There's a common belief that cyberspace cannot be regulated--that it is, in its very essence, immune from the government's (or anyone else's) control."Code" argues that this belief is wrong. It is not in the nature of cyberspace to be unregulable; cyberspace has no "nature." It only has code--the software and hardware that make cyberspace what it is. That code can create a place of freedom--as the original architecture of the Net did--or a place of exquisitely oppressive control.If we miss this point, then we will miss how cyberspace is changing. Under the influence of commerce, cyberpsace is becoming a highly regulable space, where our behavior is much more tightly controlled than in real space.But that's not inevitable either. We can--we must--choose what kind of cyberspace we want and what freedoms we will guarantee. These choices are all about architecture: about what kind of code will govern cyberspace, and who will control it. In this realm, code is the most significant form of law, and it is up to lawyers, policymakers, and especially citizens to decide what values that code embodies.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - sbloom42 - LibraryThing
I had to read this for a class on technology and policy. It's the first book by Lessig that I've read. The writing seemed tortuous to get through, but maybe that's because it was edited by a group ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - RicDay - LibraryThing
You may agree or disagree with Lessig's POV (I mostly agree), but this update on his original "Code" remains a must-read for anyone interested in the legal and ethical dilemmas presented by the ... Read full review