Larry Lessig, founder of Creative Commons, returns to Stanford campus to reveal his new mission to use technology, transparency and community to fix corruption.
Is the Net the infrastructure for political change? We have all assumed that the Internet plays the role of more traditional media in politics, but less expensively, and more targeted. In this talk, Larry Lessig will address a character of the Internet that may question that assumption. The intersection between technology and political change is complicated and mediated. The challenge is whether we can build an essential feature of politics — confronting ideas one doesn’t agree with — into the code.
Speaker Bio: Larry Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and founder of Rootstrikers, a network of activists leading the fight against government corruption.
He has authored numerous books including - "Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Our Congress—and a Plan to Stop It", and "One Way Forward: The Outsider’s Guide to Fixing the Republic."
Lessig serves on the Board of Creative Commons, MapLight, Brave New Film Foundation, The American Academy, Berlin, AXA Research Fund and iCommons.org, and on the advisory board of the Sunlight Foundation. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Association, and he has received numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation’s Freedom Award, Fastcase 50 Award and being named one ofScientific American’sTop 50 Visionaries.
Lessig holds a B.A. in economics and a B.S. in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in philosophy from Cambridge and a J.D. from Yale.
Prior to rejoining the Harvard faculty, Lessig was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the School’s Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.
Event is open and free to the public.