Reading Response – Code is Speech

To be honest, I haven’t perceived code as a method of free speech before. I have always viewed it as either intellectual property or open source software. I like the analogy of code to law, in that the misplacement of a single comma can be extremely detrimental to the system. With so much of our lives dependent on the placement of these commas (both in legal infrastructure and in the wide domain of technology) it seems inherently correct that we are given the same freedoms and rights in exploring code as we do speech. As the times change, so do methods of what speech is. Whether its the literal translation, of words coming out of someone’s mouth, or actions, we must adapt and react based on individual situations.