Harvard Law Professor, 2016 Presidential Candidate & the Internet’s Most Celebrated Lawyer
One of the most inspiring and visionary thought leaders of the digital age, Lawrence Lessig occupies a unique place at the intersection of transformative ideals, citizen activism and the future of the law, digital technologies, and democracy itself. His signature rapid-fire presentation style, known as the “Lessig Method” uses dynamic typography and thought-provoking visuals to seize attention and deeply inform. Read More >
TEDTalk: We the People, and the Republic We Must Reclaim
TEDTalk: The Unstoppable Walk to Political Reform
TEDTalk: Law That Chokes Creativity
Science & the Data Revolution
Copyright in the Digital Age
The election of Donald Trump reveals something important about America today. Not that we’re racists, or stupid, but that there is a profound desire to change what Americans perceive to be a deeply corrupted and unresponsive democracy. Americans are right to be critical of their democracy. But we must rise above the fights about Trump to recognize just how much we have in common. Whether from the Left or Right, Americans have a deep desire to reform their democracy. In this talk, Lessig reveals this common view. He also emphasizes the urgent need for us to find a way to bracket our differences in order to make progress on this common cause.
“Network neutrality” has become the internet’s buzzword du jour. But what does it really mean? Lessig’s work was part of the foundation upon which the campaign for network neutrality was built. Today, too many understand this fight in political terms. Yes, network neutrality is important for free speech and equality. But it is even more important to innovation and the future of Internet competition. In this talk, Lessig shows why network neutrality really is the one issue we all should be able to agree upon—unless, of course, you’re Comcast.
Corruption is at the heart of American politics, caused by the influence of money. Larry Lessig believes this is the most urgent issue we face as a nation – but recognizes that the dynamic of this sort of corruption is broader than Congress. It is the root problem that makes solving others so difficult. Think doctors taking money from drug companies; academics taking money to give public testimony. U.S. institutions as a whole have lost their way – lost effectiveness and the public’s trust. We, the people, must force lasting change on America’s broken system.
The Internet revolution has come. Some say it has gone. Creativity once flourished because the Net protected a commons on which the widest range of innovators could experiment. But now, corporations have established themselves as virtual gatekeepers while Congress has rewritten copyright and patent laws to stifle creativity and progress. Lawrence Lessig, who has called for an overhaul of the copyright systems for more than a decade, asserts that they will never make sense in the digital world. In this informative presentation, he explains how our current system has produced a counterrevolution of potentially devastating power and effect. He also addresses the oxymoron of internet privacy. The solution, he says, lies in building an “identity layer” into the Internet, which would recreate the idea of Internet privacy, enabling more privacy and more security. With starkly different visions for the Internet continuing to develop, this era presents challenges – and opportunities – for those who wish to ensure the Internet remains a backbone of liberty and economic growth.
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