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WideOpenNews/Boston Globe: Lawrence Lessig on Regulating the Net

Mar 24, 2000, 20:42 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aaron Zitner)

"Now a 38-year-old Harvard law professor, Lessig has become one of the most prominent commentators on law and cyberspace, thanks to his academic writing, a column in the trendy magazine The Industry Standard and a new -- and largely pessimistic -- book about the future of privacy and free speech on the Internet."

"Lessig's chief message is aimed at those who view the Internet as some kind of democratic wonderland, a place of unfettered free speech, business competition and creativity. Set the euphoria aside, he warns. Government and industry are already stripping privacy, free speech and other liberties from the Internet in order to suit the needs of online commmerce."

""There is no reason to believe that the grounding for liberty in cyberspace will simply emerge," he said. "Quite the opposite is the case.""

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