Category: open source

If code is law, we need a parliament of coders

Lawrence Lessig famously stated that “code is law”: The primary idea, as expressed in the title, is the notion that computer code (or “West Coast Code”, referring to Silicon Valley) may regulate conduct in much the same way that legal code (or “East Coast Code”,…

The return of sweat-shop capitalism

I once wrote these words in my unfortunate, naive and relative youth (a couple of years ago I mean), in a piece titled “Is Web 2.0 an example of 21st century socialism?”: Lessig doesn’t think so. More here. But I do.…

The Gates of Hell

When they proposed taking away Legal Aid from those who’d grown up with every right to expect it, they didn’t suggest that multinationals should also do without their platoons of legal departments and brains.  Of course not.  For this is…