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Freedom's Future Online

Publication Date: 
June 23, 2008
The American Prospect
Paul Starr
Professor Lawrence Lessig and his "Code" books are referenced in an American Prospect review of Jonathan Zittrain's new book, "The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It:"

Zittrain "is one of a group of technically literate legal scholars who have clarified what's at stake politically, economically, and culturally in choices about the architecture of the new media. The role of this group--others include Stanford's Lawrence Lessig and Harvard's Yochai Benkler--is itself noteworthy. They have become an important source of intellectual renewal in contemporary liberalism, showing how to translate constitutional principles and democratic values into the emerging digital world.

Zittrain's work neatly complements Lessig's and Benkler's. In his 1999 book, Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, Lessig warned that the Internet might evolve from a technology of freedom into a technology of control, and in a recent second edition, Code Version 2.0, he points to Zittrain's work as spelling out how that could happen."