By Lawrence Lessig

There's a typical trust that our on-line world can't be regulated-that it truly is, in its very essence, immune from the government's (or someone else's) keep an eye on. Code, first released in 2000, argues that this trust is incorrect. it's not within the nature of our on-line world to be unregulable; our on-line world has no “nature.” It purely has code-the software program and that make our on-line world what it really is. That code can create a spot of freedom-as the unique structure of the web did-or a spot of oppressive keep watch over. less than the effect of trade, our on-line world is changing into a hugely regulable house, the place habit is far extra tightly managed than in actual house. yet that isn't inevitable both. We can-we must-choose what sort of our on-line world we'd like and what freedoms we'll warrantly. those offerings are all approximately structure: approximately what sort of code will govern our on-line world, and who will keep watch over it. during this realm, code is the main major kind of legislations, and it really is as much as legal professionals, policymakers, and particularly electorate to choose what values that code embodies. due to the fact that its unique ebook, this seminal booklet has earned the prestige of a minor vintage. This moment variation, or model 2.0, has been ready in the course of the author's wiki, an internet site that enables readers to edit the textual content, making this the 1st reader-edited revision of a favored book.

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