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Lawrence Lessig

Harvard Law Professor, Recent Presidential Candidate & the Internet’s Most Celebrated Lawyer
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Biography

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.

A Harvard Law professor and New York Times bestselling author, Lessig first became known for developing the very foundations of internet law, allowing the sharing of copyrighted content. He has since taken on issues at the core of our system of government. His 2015 presidential campaign was a crusade for campaign finance reform with a clarion call to “fix democracy first.” Throughout his career, Lessig’s farseeing ideas and efforts have drawn support from some of America’s most important business and political leaders and garnered numerous honors and awards. He is one of Scientific American’s Top 50 Visionaries and was named to Fastcase 50 “honoring the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.”

A popular speaker on the coveted TED main stage, each of his three TED talks have more than one million views online. Known for his compelling, personal and completely non-partisan content, Lessig’s presentations leave audiences informed, awakened, and with a heightened understanding of any topic.

Topics

We the People Must Fix America’s Corruption

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 Oxymoron of Internet Privacy

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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