Code 2.0

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Book. Code 2.0. Lawrence Lessig. Basic Books, 2006


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"Since its original publication 1999, this foundational book has become a classic in its field. This second edition, Code Version 2.0, updates the work and was prepared in part through a wiki, a web site allowing readers to edit the text, making this the first reader-revision of a popular book.

Code counters the common belief that cyberspace cannot be controlled or censored. To the contrary, under the influence of commerce, cyberspace is becoming a highly regulable world where behaviour will be much more tightly controlled than in real space.

We can -- we must -- choose what kind of cyberspace we want and what freedoms it will guarantee. These choices are all about architecture: what kind of code will govern cyberspace, and who will control it.

In this realm, code is th emost significant form of law an dit is up to lawyers, policymakers, an despecially average citizens to decide what values that code embodies.

Lawrence Lessig is the C Wendell and Edith M Carlsmith Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and founder of the school's Centre for the Internet and Society. After clerking for Judge Richard Posner on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and for Justice Antonin Scalia on the US Supreme Court, he taught at The University of Chicago, Yale Law Schol, and Harvard Law School before moving to Stanford. His other books are Free Culture and The Future of Ideas. In 2002 he was named one of Scientific American's Top 50 Visionaries. He lives in San Francisco, California."

Table of Contents

  • Preface to the Second Edition
  • Preface to the First Edition

Chapter 1: Code is Law

Chapter 2: Four Puzzles from Cyberspace


Chapter 3: Is-Ism: Is the Way It is the Way it Must be?

Chapter 4: Architectures of Control

Chapter 5: Regulating Code


Chapter 6: Cyberspaces

Chapter 7: What Things Regulate

Chapter 8: The Limits in Open Code


Chapter 9: Translation

Chapter 10: Intellectual Property

Chapter 11: Privacy

Chapter 12: Free Speech

Chapter 13: Interlude


Chapter 14: Sovereignty

Chapter 15: Competition Among Sovereigns

Chapter 16: The Problems We Face

Chapter 17: Responses

Chapter 18: What Declan Doesn't Get

Appendix, notes and index.

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