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Leading House Tech Expert Pushes For Legal Changes After Aaron Swartz's Suicide

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the top tech experts in Congress, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), told HuffPost Thursday that the case against Aaron Swartz shows th...

Zach Carter

Family: Pioneering Internet Activist's Suicide 'A Product Of Prosecutorial Overreach'

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics

Open democracy advocate and internet pioneer Aaron Swartz was found dead Friday in an apparent suicide, flooding the digital spectrum with an outpouri...

The Great Promise of Super-PACs

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

Until the rise of super-PACs, the system favored the incumbents. Now the incumbents work for the super-PACs. It is a demeaning and demoralizing life for people who like to think highly of themselves and the institution they serve.

Occupy the Constitution 2.0

Peter M. Shane | Posted 02.11.2012 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

I cannot say that my earlier suggestions for a pro-democracy constitutional amendment have ignited a firestorm of grassroots activity. They have, how...

One More Try: The Rules Versus the Game

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

I believe that corruption hurts both the (populist) Left and the (populist) Right. And because I believe it hurts both of us populists, I believe there is a reason to try to engage with people I otherwise disagree with.

Something More Than Polarization

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 12.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

We can't afford to simply indulge the passion of our differences. Not anymore. The challenges we face as a nation are just too great. It is time for us to practice a politics that doesn't fit the business model of Fox v. MSNBC.

A Letter to the #Occup(iers): The Principle of Non-Contradiction

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

There is no liberal, or libertarian, or conservative who should defend the corruption or our political system.

#OccupyWallSt v2: What Cross-Partisanship Must Mean

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

We must find a way to work with people we don't agree with to make this Republic work again. Yet as I walked through the Occupy Wall St. protest Wednesday, and asked people about such cross-partisanship, I was not encouraged.

The Good Soul Howard Schultz: Exploiting an Addict Rather Than Ending an Addiction

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 10.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

What decent citizens and reformers like Howard Schultz need to do is to use their power to get Congress to end its addiction, by pushing for reforms that would make it possible for government to act sanely and independently of special interest funders.

A Conference on the Constitutional Convention

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

As many of us believe that our nation has come to another moment of crisis in its capacity to govern, some of us believe we must begin to talk through whether fundamental reform through a convention will be required.

On the Significance of the Roemer Announcement

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

Buddy Roemer has announced that he is launching an exploratory committee to consider a run for the presidency. He has also announced a campaign different from the campaign of every other candidate. A president, Roemer says, "must be free to lead": free of commitments to anything save the principles he commits to. So Roemer's campaign will take no PAC money. It will take no more than $100 in contributions from any individual. And everyone who contributes anything regardless of how small will be disclosed. This should be emulated across the board.

Neo-Progressives

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

It seems that just about every hundred years or so, the body politic we call America swells with fever as it fights off a democracy-destroying disease. That disease is "Special Interest Government".

On the Rage of Gibbs

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has been slapped around silly by commentator after commentator, decrying his anti-Lefty rage. But as I read the battle, it seems to miss a pretty fundamental point.

Adding Pathetic to Puny: On Why We're Joining Others to Oppose the DISCLOSE Act

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

Pathetic and puny victories are defeats, not victories. And they are certainly not the sort of resolve that will convince anyone that "change" has come to Washington. Not even those who thought they were already convinced.

Systemic Denial

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lawrence Lessig

Things are actually much worse than anyone ever talks about. The pivot points of our financial system have become profoundly corrupted. Balance sheets are "fictions" that still hide trillions of dollars in liability.

Plain Sight Corruption: Senator Burr and Rape Victims

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

Richard Burr is one of the senators who voted against the Franken Amendment. He and other members of Congress have got to wake up to the fact that most Americans don't trust them.

The Solipsist and the Internet (a Review of Helprin's Digital Barbarism)

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lawrence Lessig

Helprin's thesis is simple and familiar to any intelligent sort who first comes to think about the way the law regulates creative work: that there's something fundamentally unjust about the law of copyright.