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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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Lessig serves on the Board of Creative Commons, MapLight, Brave New Film Foundation, The American Academy, Berlin, AXA Research Fund and iCommons.org, and on the advisory board of the Sunlight Foundation. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association, and has received numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation's Freedom Award, Fastcase 50 Award and being named one of Scientific American's Top 50 Visionaries.
Lessig holds a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge, and a JD from Yale.
Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
Another interesting theme the author discusses involves the nature of decision making in the US Constitution. When encountering a difficult case, it's not enough to think in terms of original intent or expanding beyond the Constitution. Justices must resolve questions not necessarily considered when the Constitution was written. For example, regarding the Fourth Amendment's prohibition against "unreasonable searches and seizures," did the Founders include the amendment because searches and seizures as practiced in their time were burdensome? If searches and seizures were not a burden (such as one might argue is the case with digital inquiries), does that invalidate the Fourth Amendment with respect to digital searchers? Or, must one interpret the Fourth Amendment as meaning the Founders sought to protect privacy in any circumstance, and the burden applies regardless of the nature of the search? Before reading CV2 I thought about such questions in much more naive terms.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book. Very content heavy but with great information about coding.Published 5 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 8 months ago by E. Parker
Good refferance book for people that are technical and work on the internet.Published 19 months ago by P. Wesley Roten
Code 2.0 is a second edition of Lessigs earlier work sharing the same title. Lessig tells us in the introduction that the argument from the first book remains but this attempt of a... Read morePublished 23 months ago by curtis
The book Code 2.0, by Lawrence Lessig, arguments are made regarding the believed contrast between internet and “real life” lives and about how the internet... Read more
Code 2.0 Summary
The Internet is a medium through which the individual is provided with both extreme freedom and complete control. As Lessig suggests in Code 2. Read more