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An edition of Code (1999)

Code and other laws of cyberspace

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This edition published in by Basic Books in New York.

Written in English

416 pages

Although the book is named Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, Lessig uses this theme sparingly. It is a fairly simple concept: since cyberspace is entirely human-made, there are no natural laws to determine its architecture. While we tend to assume that what is in cyberspace is a given, in fact everything there is a construction based on decisions made by people. What we can and can't do there is governed by the underlying code of all of the programs that make up the Internet, which both permit and restrict. So while the libertarians among us rail against the idea of government, our freedoms in cyberspace are being determined by an invisible structure that is every bit as restricting as any laws that can come out of a legislature, legitimate or not. Even more important, this invisible code has been written by people we did not elect and who have no formal obligations to us, such as the members of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) or the more recently-developed Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). It follows that what we will be able to do in the future will be determined by code that will be written tomorrow, and we should be thinking about who will determine what this code will be. [from http://kcoyle.net/lessig.html]

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2007, BasicBooks, Perseus Running [distributor]
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2006, Basic Books
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Code: and other laws of cyberspace
2000, Basic Books
in English
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Code: and other laws of cyberspace
1999, Basic Books
in English
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Although the book is named Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, Lessig uses this theme sparingly. It is a fairly simple concept: since cyberspace is entirely human-made, there are no natural laws to determine its architecture. While we tend to assume that what is in cyberspace is a given, in fact everything there is a construction based on decisions made by people. What we can and can't do there is governed by the underlying code of all of the programs that make up the Internet, which both permit and restrict. So while the libertarians among us rail against the idea of government, our freedoms in cyberspace are being determined by an invisible structure that is every bit as restricting as any laws that can come out of a legislature, legitimate or not. Even more important, this invisible code has been written by people we did not elect and who have no formal obligations to us, such as the members of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) or the more recently-developed Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). It follows that what we will be able to do in the future will be determined by code that will be written tomorrow, and we should be thinking about who will determine what this code will be. [from http://kcoyle.net/lessig.html]

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition ix
Preface to the First Edition xiii
Chapter 1. Code Is Law 1
Chapter 2. Four Puzzles from Cyberspace 9
PART I "REGULABILITY"
Chapter 3. Is-Ism: Is the Way It Is the Way It Must Be? 31
Chapter 4. Architectures of Control 38
Chapter 5. Regulating Code 61
PART II REGULATION BY CODE
Chapter 6. Cyberspaces 83
Chapter 7. What Things Regulate 120
Chapter 8. The Limits in Open Code 138
PART III LATENT AMBIGUITIES
Chapter 9. Translation 157
Chapter 10. Intellectual Property 169
Chapter 11. Privacy 200
Chapter 12. Free Speech 233
Chapter 13. Interlude 276
PART IV COMPETING SOVEREIGNS
Chapter 14. Sovereignty 281
Chapter 15. Competition Among Sovereigns 294
PART V RESPONSES
Chapter 16. The Problems We Face 313
Chapter 17. Responses 325
Chapter 18. What Declan Doesn't Get 335
Appendix 340
Notes 347
Index 399

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Open Library
OL7593621M
Internet Archive
Code2.0
ISBN 10
0465039146
ISBN 13
9780465039142
Library Thing
6658000
Goodreads
44874

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