SIE 525: Information Systems Book List

SIE 525 Information Systems Law


Required books for this course include the following:

Book 1. Cyberlaw Text and Cases
Ferrera, Reder, Bird, Darrow, Aresty, Klosek, Lichtenstein (2012) 3rd Edition – recommended
Ferrera, Lichtenstein, Reder, August and Schiano (2004) 2nd Edition – acceptable

Book 2. Code Version 2.0
Lawrence Lessig (2008)

Book 3. Remix: Making art and commerce thrive in the hybrid economy
Lawrence Lessig (2008)

Book 4. The Wealth of Networks
Benkler, Yochai (2006)
full book pdf:
chapter pdfs:

Book 5. The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind
James Boyle (2008)

This list includes some classics of interest to all information science students. Most of the books should be readily understandable to graduate students regardless of your undergraduate background. Only some of the books are related to SIE 525.

You may be required to write a book review for one of the volumes listed below. The links provided below are typically to book reviews.

Information and Communication Science Foundations

Bush, Vannevar. 1945. As We May Think. Atlantic Monthly 176 (1): 101–08.

Luenberger, David G., 2006, Information Science, Princeton University Press

Shannon, Claude and Warren Weaver. 1949. The Mathematical Theory of Communication. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press.

Sowa, John F. 2004. Knowledge Representation: Logical, Philosophical, and Computational Foundations. Pacific Grove: Brooks/Cole.

Applied/Pragmatic/ Information Science Issues

Brown, John Seely, and Paul Duguid. 2000. The Social Life of Information. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.

Hernandez, Michael, 2003, Database Design for Mere Mortals, Addison-Wesley

Segaran, Toby and Jeff Hammerbacher, 2009, Beautiful Data: The Stories Behind Elegant Data Solutions, O’Reilly Media

Theory of Networks

Barabasi, Albert-Laszlo. 2002. Linked: The New Science of Networks. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Publishing.

Buchanan, Mark, 2002, Nexus: Small Worlds and the Groundbreaking Theory of Networks, Norton

Guadamuz, Andres. 2011. Networks, Complexity and Internet Regulation: Scale-Free Law. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Watts, Duncan J. 2003. Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.

Weinberger, David. 2002. Small Pieces Loosely Joined. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Publishing.


Bowker, Geoffrey C., and Susan Leigh Star. 1999. Sorting Things Out: Classification and Its Consequences. Cambridge MA: MIT Press.

de Keyser, 2009, From Thesauri to the Semantic Web, Neal-Schuman Publishers

Lei Zeng, Marcia and Jian Qin. 2008. Metadata

Morville, Peter. 2005. Ambient Findability. Sebastopol: O’Reilly.


Spinello, Richard, 2006, Cyberethics: Morality and Law in Cyberspace (Third Edition)

Tavani, Herman T., 2007, Ethics and Technology: Ethical Issues in an Age of Information and Communication Technology (Second Edition)

Corporate versus Human Rights

Kerr, Robert. 2008. The Corporate Free-speech Movement: Cognitive Feudalism and the Endangered Marketplace of Ideas. LFB Scholarly Publishing

Hartman, Thom, 2002, Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights. St Martins Press.

Soley , Lawrence. 2002. Censorship, Inc.: The Corporate Threat to Free Speech in the United States

Information Economics

Benkler, Yochai. 2006. The Wealth of Networks. New Haven: Yale University Press.,1000001109,39286817,00.htm

Shapiro, Carl and Hal R. Varian, 1999, Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy, Harvard Business School Press

Varian, Hal R., Joseph Farrell, Carl Shapiro, The Economics of Information Technology: An Introduction, Cambridge University Press

Sharing and Commons Concepts

Aoki, Boyle and Jenkins (2006) Bound by Law?

Ghosh, Rishab Aiyer, (ed.) 2005. Code: Collaborative Ownership and the Digital Economy. Cambridge MA: MIT Press.

Hess, Charlotte and Elinor Ostrom, Editors, Understanding Knowledge as a Commons: From Theory to Practice. Cambridge, Mass. MIT Press, c2007.

Mitchell, Henry C. 2005. The Intellectual Commons: Toward an Ecology of Intellectual Property.

Weber, Steven. 2004. The Success of Open Source.  Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press

BOOK REVIEW: The Success of Open Source by Steven Weber

Williams, Sam. 2002. Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman’s Crusade for Free Software

Access to Scholarly, Scientific and Government Information

Boyle, James, 2010. What if the Web Really Worked For Science?

Willinsky, John. 2006. The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship. Digital Libraries and Electronic Publishing. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.

Wright, Alex. 2007. Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages. Washington: Joseph Henry Press.

Assessing the Impacts of Changes in the Information Technology R&D Ecosystem: Retaining Leadership in an Increasingly Global Environment

The Socioeconomic Effects of Public Sector Information on Digital Networks: Toward a Better Understanding of Different Access and Reuse Policies: Workshop Summary (2009)

Intellectual Property

Biegel, Stuart, 2002, Beyond Our Control? Confronting the Limits of Our Legal System in the Age of Cyberspace

Cornish, William, (ed.). 2004. Intellectual Property. New York: Oxford University Press.,+William,+%28ed.%29.+2004.+Intellectual+Property+book+review&cd=3&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

Lessig, Lawrence. 2006. CODE:Version 2

Merges, Robert P., Peter S. Menell, and Mark A. Lemley. 2000. Intellectual Property in the New Technological Age. Gaithersburg: Aspen Publishers, Inc.

Rimmer, Matthew. 2012. Intellectual Property and Emerging Technologies: The New Biology. Edward Elgar Publishing


Klosek, Jacqueline. 2007. The War on Privacy. Westport, CT: Praeger.

OHara, Robert, 2005, No Place to Hide, Free Press.

Solove, Daniel J. 2007. The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. Download at

Westin, Alan F. 1967. Privacy and Freedom. New York: Atheneum.


Degan, Marilyn and Simon Tanner, Eds., 2006, Digital Preservation, Neal-Schuman Publishers

Harvey, Ross, Digital Curation, 2010, Neal-Schuman Publishers


Denning, Dorothy E., 1999, Information Warfare and Security

Mel, H. X., Doris Baker, 2000, Cryptography Decrypted, Addison-Wesley Professional

Sing, Simon, 1999, The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography, Anchor Books

Beyond ‘Fortress America’: National Security Controls on Science and Technology in a Globalized World

Award Winning Information Systems Books

Important Societal Issues where Information Technologies are likely to Play a Major Role


Hawken, Paul, Amory Lovins, and L. Hunter Lovins, 1999, Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, Little Brown Publishing
Downloadable chapters at

McDonough, William and Michael Braungart, 2002, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, North Point Press

Book Review: “Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things”

Steffen, Alex, 2006, World Changing: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century, Abrams


Collier, Paul, 2007, The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It, Oxford University Press

Easterly, William, 2006, The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good, Penguin Press (written in response to the Sach’s book)

Easterly, William R. and William Easterly, 2001, The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists’ Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics, MIT Press

Hargroves, Karlson Charlie, Michael Harrison Smith, Amory B. Lovins, and William McDonough, 2007, The Natural Advantage of Nations: Business Opportunities, Innovation and Governance in the 21st Century, Earth Scan / James & James

Sachs, Jeff, 2005, End of Poverty, Penguin Press

Social Entrepreneurship

Stohr, Kate and Cameron Sinclair, 2006, Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises, Metropolis Books

Smith, Cynthia E., 2007, Design for the Other 90%

The following older books should be available in Fogler Library:

Borders in Cyberspace: Information Policy and the Global Information Infrastructure

Brian Kahin & Charles Nesson (editors) (1997) MIT Press; ISBN: 0262112205


Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace

Lawrence Lessig (1999) Basic Books; ISBN: 0465039138


Cyber Rights: Defending Free Speech in the Digital Age

Mike Godwin (1998) Times Books-Random House; ISBN: 0812928342


Cyberlaw: Text and Cases

Gerald R. Ferrera, Stephen D. Lichtenstein, Margo E. K. Reder, Ray August, William T. Schiano (August 10, 2000) South-Western College Publishing; ISBN: 0324012977


Cyberlaw and E-Commerce

David L. Baumer, J. Carl Poindexter (July, 2001) McGraw-Hill Higher Education; ISBN: 0072441208


Commercial Observation Satellites: At the Leading Edge of Global Transparency

John C. Baker, Kevin M. O’Connell, and Ray A. Williamson, (editors)


Copyright, Cases & Materials

Jane C Ginsburg, Robert A Gorman, 5th edition (July 1999) Matthew Bender & Company; ISBN: 032701329X


Copyrights Highway: From Gutenberg to the Celestial Jukebox



A Culture of Secrecy : The Government Versus the People’s Right to Know

Athan G. Theoharis (Editor) (April 1998) Univ Pr of Kansas;

The Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property in the Information Age

Committee on Intellectual property Rights and the Emerging Information Infrastructure, National Research Council (2000) National Academy Press; ISBN: 0309064996


The End of Privacy

Charles J. Sykes (October 1999) St Martins Pr (Trade); ISBN: 0312203500


The End of Privacy : How Total Surveillance Is Becoming a Reality

Reginald Whitaker (February 2000) New Press; ISBN: 1565845692


Information Rules : A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy

Carl Shapiro, Hal R. Varian (November 1998) Harvard Business School Pr; ISBN: 087584863X


Intellectual Property in the New Information Age

Robert P. Merges,


Internet Publishing and Beyond: The Economics of Digital Information and Intellectual Property

Brian Kahin (Editor), Hal R. Varian (Editor) (January 15, 2000) MIT Press; ISBN: 0262611597


Internet Dreams: Archetypes, Myths, and Metaphors

Mark J. Stefik, Vinton G. Cerf (May 9, 1997) MIT Press; ISBN:


The Internet Edge: Social, Technical, and Legal Challenges for a Networked World

Mark J. Stefik (January 15, 2000) MIT Press; ISBN: 026269249X


A Question of Balance: Private Rights and the Public Interest in Scientific and Technical Databases

Committee for a Study on Promoting Access to Scientific and Technical Data for the Public Interest, National Research Council (1999) National Academy Press; ISBN: 0309xxxxxx


Readings in Cyberethics

Richard Spinello and Herman T. Tavani (editors) (2001) Jones and Bartlett Publishers; ISBN: 067371500x


Rites of Privacy and the Privacy Trade: On the Limits of Protection for the Self

Elizabeth Neill (February 2001) McGill Queens Univ Pr; ISBN: 0773521135


Software and Internet Law

Mark Lemley (2001)


Technology and Privacy: The New Landscape

Philip Agre and Marc Rotenberg, eds.  (1998) MIT Press; ISBN 026201162x


The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Privacy and Freedom?

David Brin (1998) Perseus Books; ISBN 0738201148


Trust in Cyberspace

Fred B. Schneider (Editor), National Research Council (January 1999) National Academy Press; ISBN: 0309065585


Computers, Surveillance, and Privacy

David Lyon (Editor), Elia Zureik (Editor) (April 1996) Univ of Minnesota Press; ISBN: 0816626529


CyberLaw: The Law of the Internet

Jonathan Rosenoer (1996) Springer; ISBN: 0387948325


Electronic Media Law and Regulation, Second Edition

Kenneth C. Creech (1996) Focal Press – Reed Elsevier; ISBN: 0240802160


Law and the Information Superhighway

Henry H. Perritt, Jr. (1996) John Wiley & Sons ISBN 0-471-12624-1 plus Supplement


Media Law

Ralph L. Holsinger and Jon Paul Dilts (1994) McGraw Hill


NetLaw: Your Rights in the Online World

Lance Rose (1995) Osborne McGraw-Hill


Online Law: The Software Publisher Association’s Legal Guide to Doing Business on the Internet

Thomas J. Smedinghoff (Editor) (1996) Addison-Wesley


Persuation and Privacy in Cyberspace: Online Protests over lotus marketplace & the clipper chip

Laura J. Gurak (1997) Yale University Press


Shamans, Software, and Spleens: Law and the Construction of the Information Society

James Boyle (1996)