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By Lawrence Lessig

There's a standard trust that our on-line world can't be regulated-that it really is, in its very essence, immune from the government's (or somebody 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 simply has code-the software program and that make our on-line world what it truly 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. below the effect of trade, our on-line world is changing into a hugely regulable area, the place habit is way extra tightly managed than in genuine house. yet that isn't inevitable both. We can-we must-choose what sort of our on-line world we need and what freedoms we are going to 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 legislation, and it really is as much as attorneys, policymakers, and particularly voters to choose what values that code embodies. due to the fact its unique ebook, this seminal e-book has earned the prestige of a minor vintage. This moment version, or model 2.0, has been ready in the course of the author's wiki, an internet site that permits readers to edit the textual content, making this the 1st reader-edited revision of a favored book.

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