Lawrence Lessig speaks at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
Government corruption affects all aspects of society. At the 2008 O’Reilly ETech Conference, Lawrence Lessig discusses government corruption, especially in the United States Congress. What does government get right, wrong, and where does dependence compromise effective government? Also, Lessig announces a new project designed to signal congress’ support for reform, called Change Congress.
The United States Government, like those all over the world, has hard cases and easy cases to deal with. Lessig aims his criticism at those easy cases that the US government consistently gets wrong: copyright, nutrition, global warming. Lessig examines why there is trouble getting elected representatives to see reason and make correct choices on easy public policy questions.
US congress bares the brunt of much of Lessig’s criticism, and in order to foster change in the congressional institution, Lessig unveils a new project called Change Congress. Where congress is an in-crowd focussed obsessively at keeping things as they are, Change Congress makes reform of congress something congressional candidates can commit to in order to encourage change.
Glenn Greenwald from Salon.com and Lawrence Lessig from Change Congress on Bloggingheads.tv.
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Larry Lessig, Professor of Law and founder of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society speaks at the Berkman Center workshop “Alternative Approaches to Open Digital Libraries in the Shadow of the Google Book Search Settlement” held July 31, 2009.