Lawrence Lessig (1961- )
Born in South Dakota, L. Lawrence Lessig III grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania. After attending Penn and Cambridge University, he distinguished himself as a top constitutional lawyer after graduating from Yale Law School. A liberal who clerked for the conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Lessig has taught at top law schools, at Stanford Law School since 1999. With his involvement in the Microsoft case and related writings, Lessig became the definitive legal expert on the Internet and computing.
In the time between Code and Future of Ideas, Lessig has grown increasingly pessimistic about the prospects of what he sees as the principles of a healthy society. His basic thesis, as expressed at the OSCON 2002 keynote, is
- Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace (1999)
- The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World (2001)
- "Lawrence Lessig's Supreme Showdown", Steven Levy, Wired 10.10, October 2002
- "Cyberspace’s Legal Visionary: Lawrence Lessig on the fate of copyrights and computer networks in the digital future", Reason, June 2002