The Laws of Disruption
Author: Larry Downes
Digital technology has become ubiquitous. We click through licensing agreements without reading them,
post digital music files, and add phone applications. Are these uses legal? Moral? Most people aren't
sure. This is because social, political, and economic systems—like the law—change slowly, but
technology changes in the blink of an eye. Users are left in the gap between the speed of innovation and
the sluggishness of social change. In The Laws of Disruption, Larry Downes, bestselling business author,
consultant, and strategist, jumps into that gap, revealing the business and social implications of the laws
of disruption as they relate to the problems of oversight, strategy, and the Internet. Essential reading for
technology users, lawyers, and businesses, The Laws of Disruption will be an instant business classic, a
guide for those who encounter these conflicts every day.
Larry Downes is a noted expert on law and technology and has taught law students, engineers, and
business executives at leading universities. Downes writes regularly for the Harvard Business Review and
USA, and, since 2004, has been a featured columnist for CIO Insight. He is currently a fellow at the
Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society. He lives in Berkeley, California.