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Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Professor and Cyber-Law Theorist

Law on the Cyberspace


Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Professor and Cyber-Law Theorist

The Internet is relatively untouched by regulation, but that could soon change as nations try to strike a balance between free speech, privacy, consumer protections and intellectual property. So do we regulate cyberspace? If so, how much? And how do we go about it?

Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig believes that the very code used to create cyberspace is also the best tool to use in regulating it. The people who write this code are the ones who essentially govern the Internet, and the challenge comes in regulating what they produce. Lessig, a former special master in the Microsoft antitrust case, compiled this theory in his new book Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace. Lessig will join readers for a live chat on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 3 p.m. ET. Post your questions now, and come back for the chat!

Hello, everyone! Professor Lessig is here with us, so let's get started. Professor, why don't you give us a quick overview of your book, Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace?