Thursday, March 29, 2012

GWorks Interviews: Lawrence Lessig



Is Congress corrupted? For Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and author of "Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It," the answer is an obvious and urgent 'yes.' The question is how to understand that corruption and what to do about it. For Professor Lessig, re-directing Congress, now turned from the Republic by the consuming (corrupting) need to raise money to run campaigns, is the necessary first step toward the democratic reforms we need and can achieve to return the Republic to the "People alone."

Part One: Bended Like Beckoned How to understand and undo the corruption he sees infecting Congress

Part Two: Defining Corruption What is "corruption."

Part Three: Street Legal: Regulating Wall Street Corruption and regulating Wall Street.

Part Four: Solving for X What needs reform and how.

Part Five: Conclusions What it says about our Republic that it is awash in money and our Congress is distracted. And, is there hope for us, still?

Thursday, March 1, 2012

GWorks Interviews: Jeffrey Rosen



In GWorks Interviews: Jeffrey Rosen, the George Washington University Law Professor and co-editor of the new book, Constitution 3.0: Freedom and Technological Change, discusses how technology affects our understanding of Constitutional values, what values to protect and how.

Part One: Presenting the Future Constitution 3.0 and Professor Rosen's contribution to it, including a discussion of "Open Planet"—24/7, world-wide video surveillance that may come to a computer near you sooner than you think.

Part Two: Public Private Law Constitutional law, the growing role private corporations play in affecting speech and privacy and how we might best protect our rights in a changing world. 

Part Three: Reasonable Tech-spectations The effect technology is having on established legal understanding of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution's prohibition of "unreasonable searches and seizures," crime and punishment and whether established Constitutional assumptions may not be in the Constitution after all. 

Part Four: Controlling Authority New ways to think about the government's ability to collect and use data and what the recent US v. Jones case may tell us about Supreme Court thinking. 

Part Five: Conclusions Whether younger generations of technology users will answer questions of Constitutional value differently and how these questions have been resolved over time.