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Code: Version 2.0 Paperback – Bargain Price, December 30, 2006
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"A book that's sometimes as brilliant as the best teacher you ever had, sometimes as pretentious as a deconstructionists' conference."
"In this remarkably clear and elegantly written book, [Lessig] takes apart many myths about cyberspace and analyzes its underlying architecture."
The "alarming and impassioned" book on how the Internet is redefining constitutional law, now reissued as the first popular book revised online by its readers.
"A remarkable work on the philosophy of this new medium, his latest book asks all the big questions about the role of government, commerce and the invisible hand of technology in shaping life as it is increasingly lived online."
"Lawrence Lessig is a James Madison of our time, crafting the lineaments of a well-tempered cyberspace. This book is a primer of 'running code' for digital civilization. Like Madison, Lessig is a model of balance, judgement, ingenuity and persuasive argument." -- Stewart Brand --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Intellectually, this is therefore an extraordinary, eye-opening, paradigm shifting, challenging, exhilarating read. (I note some previous comments that this is a book for lawyers: I'm a lawyer, so perhaps that explains my enthusiasm, but this is no ordinary legal text, and should be of interest to anyone with a political, philosophical or scientific bone in their body.)
Lawrence Lessig charts, with a fair bit of technical specificity, the technical and epistemological grounds for thinking that the internet revolution (and specifically the "Web 2.0" revolution) is as significant as any societal shift in human history. Generally, this is not news for people in the IT industry - who deal with its implications day to day - but for our legal brethren, who tend of be of a conservative (f not technophobic) stripe, this ought to be as revelatory (and revolutionary) as Wat Tyler's march on London. Now we have a hyperlinked, editable digital commons, the assumptions with which we have constructed our society need to be rethunk.Read more ›
According to Lessig, there are four different methods of regulation that are enforced in real world situations, those methods being the alteration of: the Law, the Market, the Norms, or the Architecture. Of these four methods, the Law is probably the most self-explanatory. It exists the same in cyberspace as it does in real space; the Law will punish those who do not abide by it. The other three methods are slightly more complex. In terms of the Market, Lessig describes this as a method that will affect the populous and “…constrain through the price that they exact…” (Lessig 7). This means that the entire market method is primarily run on incentives. In other words, the government or a company will give you something in exchange for you giving them something, the whole time it appearing as though you are benefitting when in the long run it is they who are benefiting. This market type can be seen in things like discounts or special deals, even though you believe you are benefitting the true beneficiary is the company. The next method is manipulation of Norms, which as Lessig will describe, “Norms constrain through the stigma that a community imposes…” (Lessig 7).Read more ›
One of the fascinating things about the book, that was recently written, is that the future problems the book foresees are already passe. Internet privacy is now an illusion. Any email or message in cyberspase can appear the next day on the front page of the New York Times. Lessig would like to control the misuse of cyberspace, but his suggestions are merely theoretical and because of the chaotic state of conflicting tribes and governments, these methods have no teeth. As is so often the case, it may take a catastrophe, like breaking the code oCode: And Other Laws of Cyberspace, Version 2.0f an encrypted lethal message between nations, to generate international regulation of cyberspace.
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Good book. Very content heavy but with great information about coding.Published 8 months ago by Ashley
A must read for anyone interested in Internet policy. It covers all the issues with maximum clarity and appropriate background. Well done!Published 12 months ago by E. Parker
Good refferance book for people that are technical and work on the internet.Published 22 months ago by P. Wesley Roten
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