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An edition of Code: and other laws of cyberspace (1999)

Code

and other laws of cyberspace

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Publisher
Basic Books
Language
English
Pages
297

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Examines the relation between cyberspace and government, particularly the government's ability to regulate. Contrary to popular belief, cyberspace can be regulated through architecture and its representation as code. Government and commerce are working to regulate cyberspace, although each in a different way and for different reasons. In the opposite direction, cyberspace challenges the basic assumptions underlying American governance.

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Cover of: Code
Code
2007, BasicBooks, Perseus Running [distributor]
in English - 2nd ed.
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Code
2006, Basic Books
in English - Version 2.0
Cover of: Code and other laws of cyberspace
Code and other laws of cyberspace: version 2.0
2006, Basic Books
in English
Cover of: Code
Code: and other laws of cyberspace
2000, Basic Books
in English
Cover of: Code
Code: and other laws of cyberspace
1999, Basic Books
in English
Cover of: Code
Code
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First Sentence

"A decade ago, in the Spring of 1989, Communism in Europe died—collapsed, as a tent would fall if its main post were removed."

Table of Contents

Preface ix
1 Regulability
1 Code is Law 3
2 Four Puzzles from Cyberspace 9
3 Is-Ism 24
4 Architectures of Control 30
5 Regulating Code 43
2 Code and Other Regulaors
6 Cyberspaces 63
7 What Things Regulate 85
8 The Limits of Open Code 100
3 Applications
9 Translation 111
10 Intellectual Property 122
11 Privacy 142
12 Free Speech 164
13 Interlude 186
14 Sovereignty 188
4 Responses
15 The Problems We Face 213
16 Responses 222
17 What Declan Doesn't Get 231
Appendix 235
Notes 241
Index 289

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [241]-288) and index.

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Code

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
303.48/33
Library of Congress
K564.C6 L47 1999

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Pagination
xii, 297 p.
Number of pages
297

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL6807502M
Internet Archive
codeotherlawsofc00less
ISBN 10
046503912X
LC Control Number
00271772
OCLC/WorldCat
42860053
Library Thing
23239
Goodreads
72013

Work Description

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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