Crypto Anarchy, Cyberstates, and Pirate Utopias

Crypto Anarchy, Cyberstates, and Pirate Utopias

by Peter Ludlow
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262621517

ISBN-13: 9780262621519

Pub. Date: 04/16/2001

Publisher: MIT Press

In Crypto Anarchy, Cyberstates, and Pirate Utopias,Peter Ludlow extends the approach he used so successfully in High Noon on the Electronic Frontier, offering a collection of writings that reflects the eclectic nature of the online world, as well as its tremendous energy and creativity. This time the subject is the emergence of governance structures

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In Crypto Anarchy, Cyberstates, and Pirate Utopias,Peter Ludlow extends the approach he used so successfully in High Noon on the Electronic Frontier, offering a collection of writings that reflects the eclectic nature of the online world, as well as its tremendous energy and creativity. This time the subject is the emergence of governance structures within online communities and the visions of political sovereignty shaping some of those communities. Ludlow views virtual communities as laboratories for conducting experiments in the construction of new societies and governance structures. While many online experiments will fail, Ludlow argues that given the synergy of the online world, new and superior governance structures may emerge. Indeed, utopian visions are not out of place, provided that we understand the new utopias to be fleeting localized "islands in the Net" and not permanent institutions.

The book is organized in five sections. The first section considers the sovereignty of the Internet. The second section asks how widespread access to resources such as Pretty Good Privacy and anonymous remailers allows the possibility of "Crypto Anarchy" — essentially carving out space for activities that lie outside the purview of nation states and other traditional powers. The third section shows how the growth of e-commerce is raising questions of legal jurisdiction and taxation for which the geographic boundaries of nation-states are obsolete. The fourth section looks at specific experimental governance structures evolved by online communities. The fifth section considers utopian and anti-utopian visions for cyberspace.

Contributors Richard Barbrook, John Perry Barlow, William E. Baugh Jr., David S. Bennahum, Hakim Bey, David Brin, Andy Cameron, Dorothy E. Denning, Mark Dery, Kevin Doyle, Duncan Frissell, Eric Hughes,Karrie Jacobs, David Johnson, Peter Ludlow, Timothy C. May, Jennifer L. Mnookin,Nathan Newman, David G. Post, Jedediah S. Purdy, Charles J. Stivale

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262621519
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
04/16/2001
Series:
Digital Communication Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
451
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Preface
About the Contributors
1New Foundations: On the Emergence of Sovereign Cyberstates and Their Governance Structures1
IThe Sovereignty of Cyberspace?25
2A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace27
3Getting Our Priorities Straight31
4United Nodes of Internet: Are We Forming a Digital Nation?39
5HyperMedia Freedom47
IICrypto Anarchy59
6the Crypto Anarchist Manifesto61
7Crypto Anarchy and Virtual Communities65
8A Cypherpunk's Manifesto81
9The Future of Cryptography85
10Afterword to "The Future of Cryptography"103
11Re: Denning's Crypto Anarchy105
12Hiding Crimes in Cyberspace115
IIIShifting Borders: How VR Is Claiming Jurisdiction from RL143
13Law and Borders: The Rise of Law in Cyberspace145
14Anarchy, State, and the Internet: An Essay on Lawmaking in Cyberspace197
15Prop 13 Meets the Internet: How State and Local Government Finances Are Becoming Road Kill on the Information Superhighway213
IVThe Emergence of Low and Governance Structures in Cyberspace243
16Virtual(ly) Law: The Emergence of Law in LambdaMOO245
17"help manners": Cyberdemocracy and Its Vicissitudes303
18Due Process and Cyberjurisdiction329
19Virtual Magistrate Project Press Release339
20Virtual Magistrate Issues Its First Decision343
VUtopia, Dystopia, and Pirate Utopias347
21Utopia Redux349
22The God of the Digerati353
23Californian Ideology363
24Bit Rot389
25The Temporary Autonomous Zone401
AppInterview with Noam Chomsky on Anarchism, Marxism, and Hope for the Future435
Name Index451
Index of Corporations, Organizations, Agencies, and Other Groups459
Subject Index463

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