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Mike Godwin Cyber Rights
<book> The Mit Press
This update of a historical book on digital freedom restates a historical perspective which emerged in the late Nineties. This text sends a strong signal, stressing that the principles to defend are the same, while the strategies have been adapted according to the period and events. The cornerstones for keeping censorship away are essentially the same: promoting mutual trust, rejecting emergency as a way to draft laws and a constitution to preserve these principles above and beyond the governments. Even if it's heavily USA-biased, linking their First Amendment to the Net, Godwin states some 'structural' rights which, by involving the very structure of the Net, can guarantee an open a public development in every net.citizen's interest. The history of the relationship between laws and the Net, commented with wisdom and balance, tells about the difficulty in regulating an immaterial and magmatic territory such as the Net. The historical value of such a list is that of a comprehensive chronology of legal cases which can define the fundamental rights of the digital citizen.