Mr. Lessig Comes to Washington


Lawrence Lessig, Stanford University law professor and world-renowned expert in intellectual property, is announcing that he’s going to invest a significant amount of his time and energy confronting the pervasive and corruptive influence of money in our democracy. You may have heard of the recent Draft Lessig movement that almost convinced him to run for Congress. He ultimately decided not to make the run, but he’s not retreating from the fight.

Today, at a lecture here in Washington, sponsored by Sunlight and Omidyar Network, he’s launching the ChangeCongress project where he’ll focus his academic interests on the issue of the systemic corruption of American democracy. Lessig will outline his hopes for ChangeCongress and how it will help citizens reclaim their democracy from the culture of corruption.

Lessig will give his lecture at 1:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) today at the National Press Club. We are very proud that Lessig recently joined Sunlight’s advisory board, where he’s helping us stay on the vanguard of using technology to promote a transparent and open government. If you can’t make it to the lecture you can watch the Web cast.