Code: Version 2.0 / Edition 2

Code: Version 2.0 / Edition 2

by Lawrence Lessig
     
 

ISBN-10: 0465039146

ISBN-13: 9780465039142

Pub. Date: 12/28/2006

Publisher: Basic Books


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, first published in 2000, 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…  See more details below

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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, first published in 2000, 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 oppressive control. Under the influence of commerce, cyberspace is becoming a highly regulable space, where 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. Since its original publication, this seminal book has earned the status of a minor classic. This second edition, or Version 2.0, has been prepared through the author’s wiki, a web site that allows readers to edit the text, making this the first reader-edited revision of a popular book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465039142
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
777,779
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Part 1Regulability
Chapter 1Code Is Law3
Chapter 2Four Puzzles from Cyberspace9
Chapter 3Is-Ism24
Chapter 4Architectures of Control30
Chapter 5Regulating Code43
Part 2Code and Other Regulators
Chapter 6Cyberspaces63
Chapter 7What Things Regulate85
Chapter 8The Limits in Open Code100
Part 3Applications
Chapter 9Translation111
Chapter 10Intellectual Property122
Chapter 11Privacy142
Chapter 12Free Speech164
Chapter 13Interlude186
Chapter 14Sovereignty188
Part 4Responses
Chapter 15The Problems We Face213
Chapter 16Responses222
Chapter 17What Declan Doesn't Get231
Appendix235
Notes241
Index289

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