By Lawrence Lessig

There's a standard trust that our on-line world can't be regulated-that it truly is, in its very essence, immune from the government's (or a person else's) regulate. Code, first released in 2000, argues that this trust is inaccurate. it isn't within the nature of our on-line world to be unregulable; our on-line world has no “nature.” It basically 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 impression of trade, our on-line world is turning into a hugely regulable area, the place habit is far extra tightly managed than in genuine area. yet that isn't inevitable both. We can-we must-choose what sort of our on-line world we need 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 regulate it. during this realm, code is the main major kind of legislations, and it's as much as legal professionals, policymakers, and particularly electorate to make your mind up what values that code embodies. due to the fact its unique booklet, this seminal publication has earned the prestige of a minor vintage. This moment variation, or model 2.0, has been ready throughout the author's wiki, a website that permits readers to edit the textual content, making this the 1st reader-edited revision of a well-liked book.

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