High Noon on the Electronic Frontier: Conceptual Issues in Cyberspace / Edition 1

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Peter Ludlow has culled from various sources, both print and electronic,
key articles on hot cyberspace policy issues, together with lively extracts from online discussions of these issues. These include the standard academic pieces along with "rants and manifestos" on a broad range of issues from the denizens of cyberspace and reflect the discourse of cyberspace itself. At times they have what
Ludlow terms "a certain gonzo quality," but nonetheless they raise serious conceptual issues in a way that illustrates precisely what is at stake. The topics covered in this timely compilation include privacy, property rights, hacking and cracking, encryption, censorship, and self and community on-line.

The MIT Press

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"...this collection covers many timely issues...If you make your living by writing code, you have to read this book." Peter Coffee PC Week

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262621038
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 6/25/1996
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Ludlow, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, is the author of Semantics, Tense, and Time: An Essay in the Metaphysics of Natural
(MIT Press, 1999), among other books, and the editor of
Crypto Anarchy, Cyberstates, and Pirate Utopias (MIT Press, 2001)
and High Noon on the Electronic Frontier (MIT Press,

Mike Godwin is a Policy Fellow at the Center for Democracy and Technology, in
Washington, D.C., and a columnist for American Lawyer magazine.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
I Piracy, Property Rights, etc.: Does Information "Want to Be Free?" 1
1 Selling Wine without Bottles: The Economy of Mind on the Global Net 9
2 Why Patents Are Bad for Software 35
3 Against Software Patents 47
4 Debunking the Software Patent Myths 63
5 So You Want to Be a Pirate? 109
6 Some "Property" Problems in a Computer Crime Prosecution 113
II How Should We Respond to Exploratory Hacking/Cracking/Phreaking? 123
7 The Conscience of a Hacker 131
8 The Prisoner: Phiber Optik Goes Directly to Jail 133
9 Concerning Hackers Who Break into Computer Systems; Postscript, June 11, 1995 137
10 Congressional Testimony by Emmanuel Goldstein 165
III Encryption, Privacy, and Crypto-Anarchism 173
11 How PGP Works/Why Do You Need PGP? 179
12 Crypto Rebels 185
13 Jackboots on the Infobahn 207
14 The Clipper Chip Will Block Crime 215
15 The Denning-Barlow Clipper Chip Debate 217
16 Achieving Electronic Privacy 225
17 A Crypto Anarchist Manifesto 237
18 Introduction to BlackNet 241
19 BlackNet Worries 245
IV Censorship and Sysop Liability 251
20 Censoring Cyberspace 259
21 ACLU Letter to CMU on alt.sex Newsgroups 263
22 Virtual Community Standards: BBS Oscenity Case Raises New Legal Issues 269
23 Public Networks and Censorship 275
24 Sex and the Single Sysadmin: The Risks of Carrying Graphic Sexual Materials 291
25 Computer and Academic Freedom News's List of Banned Files on College Campuses 301
V Self and Community Online 311
26 Gender Swapping on the Internet 317
27 Text-based Virtual Realities: Identity and the Cyborg Body 327
28 MUDding: Social Phenomena in Text-based Virtual Realities 347
29 A Rape in Cyberspace; or How an Evil Clown, a Haitian Trickster Spirit, Two Wizards, and a Cast of Dozens Turned a Database into a Society 375
30 Communication and Community on Internet Relay Chat: Constructing Communities 397
31 A Slice of My Life in My Virtual Community 413
32 pandora's vox: on community in cyberspace 437
33 Losing Your Voice on the Internet 445
Appendix 1: Crime and Puzzlement 459
Appendix 2: Hardware 1: The Italian Hacker Crackdown 487
Appendix 3a: Information about Electronic Frontiers Italy (ALCEI); About ALCEI Membership 507
Appendix 3b: Why I Have Joined ALCEI 509
Contributors 513
Sources 515
Index 517
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