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Code by Lawrence Lessig
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Jan 31, 2012

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Read in January, 2012

Very easy to read, but a bit repetitive. This is an interesting introduction to some regulation debates surrounding cyberspace.

It also proposes a specific fix to some of the problems (a coded ID system which would eliminate some of the anonymity of the web) which seems a bit too neat.

Having such a solution in the book is both a great virtue of it and a downside as well. The good part is that this solution makes the book not merely a series of paranoid criticisms, which is too often the norm in books about cyberlaw/crime/society. But it is also somewhat of a detriment, because as I read, I became much more interested in Lessig's insightful perspectives and the problems he brings up, than his solution to these problems.

It's worth at least a skim for anyone remotely interested how Internet law has changed and will continue to change. Great reading if you are interested in the SOPA/PIPA debates, though it doesn't mention it directly (yet-a future new edition should).

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