April 6, 2003 · Lessig
After my talk at CFP on Friday, some smart soul asked me a question that I answered quite stupidly. He asked whether part of the problem we face cames from a “naive” opposition to regulation. This was an argument I had made before in Code, and I was not eager to engage it again. But the right answer is yes: there is still a need balanced and useful regulation. The one (but only) sense in which Declan is right is that none of the regulation we’ve seen so far is either balanced or useful.
But that does not mean that balanced and useful regulation wouldn’t do some good. As I go through my morning mail (I counted today: 83% of messages received in the past 24 hours is spam), I am reminded of an especially useful set of regulations that Congress should enact immediately to save email from the sludge that buries it. I’ve bet my job on one solution. But whether that solution or another, this is something Congress should do soon.