The state of cyberlaw, 2005

Legal Affairs has a fantastic collection of essays about various cyberspace related legal issues by some of my favorite writers about the subject. Zittrain’s piece outlines the beginning of his soon to be completed book. It shall be called Z-theory. Goldsmith and Wu give a short precis of their soon to be released book, Who Controls the Internet. And Julian Dibbell has an extremely funny story about sleuthing the tax consequences from the virtual economy.

Strongly recommended reading.

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3 Responses to The state of cyberlaw, 2005

  1. Roberto says:

    Happy New Year Professor Lessig!

  2. Derek Bambauer’s article “Cool Tools for Tyrants”, on censorware, is also a good read:

    “Despite China’s five million bloggers, the Communist Party remains firmly in control of the nation and, for the most part, the Internet within its borders. Iran’s blogging community is perhaps the country’s liveliest political arena, yet the authoritarian Iranian government is stronger than ever, especially after a resounding victory in February 2004 elections. Contrary to the utopian view that the Internet evades local control, governments are proving adept at controlling the information that their citizens receive and share. Market freedom does not necessarily lead to personal freedom. We must at times limit the first to safeguard the second; the right to sell must sometimes yield to protect the right to speak.”

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