There's a common belief that cyberspace cannot be regulated-that it is, in its very essence, immune from the government's
(or anyone else's) control. Code , first published in 2000, argues that this belief is wrong. It is not in the nature of
cyberspace to be unregulable cyberspace has no nature." It only has code-the software and hardware that make cyberspace what
it is. That code can create a place of freedom-as the original architecture of the Net did-or a place of oppressive control.
Under the influence of commerce, cyberspace is becoming a highly regulable space, where behaviour is much more tightly controlled
than in real space. But that's not inevitable either. We can-we must-choose what kind of cyberspace we want and what freedoms
we will guarantee. These choices are all about architecture: about what kind of code will govern cyberspace, and who will
control it. In this realm, code is the most significant form of law, and it is up to lawyers, policymakers, and especially
citizens to decide what values that code embodies. Since its original publication, this seminal book has earned the status
of a minor classic. This second edition, or Version 2.0, has been prepared through the author's wiki, a web site that allows
readers to edit the text, making this the first reader-edited revision of a popular book.