The paper should be 5-7 pages, double-spaced, 11 pt font, with reasonable margins. You'll submit using Blackboard, visit the assignment section and upload your paper in either .doc format or .pdf format. We'd prefer .pdf, but that may be hard for some of you to generate.
Please read the first two chapters of Lessig's, Code, through page 23, concentrating on the concepts of code and regulability as he describes them.
Write a 5-7 page paper, with appropriate references, in which you create a thesis statement related to standards, the Internet, the Web, regulability and the direction in which the Internet is headed.
You'll probably want to mention the IETF, you may want to reference the W3C---the organization creating standards for the web ( see this description of the W3C.)
You can create your own thesis statement related to these areas, or you can use the one below, which is based on ideas from Dan Hunter's "Cyberspace as Place, and the Tragedy of the the Digital Anticommons", California Law Review, V. 91, N.2, March 2003. (This is also available online in a draft form). You do not need to read the paper to write yours. The paper is cited simply because it is the genesis of the statement.
Be sure it is clear early in your paper what you are claiming to show in the paper.