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Netroots seek to send legal scholar Lessig to Congress
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Monday, 18 February 2008 10:10

Netroots seek to send legal scholar Lessig to Congress

By Julian Sanchez | Published: February 17, 2008 - 07:29PM CT

Legal theorist Lawrence Lessig, who has become an academic celebrity for his innovative work on cyberlaw and intellectual property in the digital age, made headlines late last year when he announced that he would be shifting his scholarly focus to the study of political corruption...

But now a burgeoning online movement is urging the Stanford professor to tackle the problem head-on: they are seeking to draft Lessig to run for Congress, in a special election, scheduled for April 8, to replace the late Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA), who succumbed to cancer last week. The idea was first floated by "Fulbright," a diarist at the progressive blog DailyKos, in a late-January post claiming that "rumors have been swirling in the past 24 hours that Professor Lessig's plans include running for Congress to replace Lantos." Though he would not identify a source for the scuttlebutt, the blogger averred, "I believe I am hearing something credible because it's coming through the right channels."

That was enough for Harvard law professor John Palfrey, who heads the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, where Lessig taught before moving to Stanford. Palfrey launched a "Draft Lessig for Congress" group on Facebook. Within 24 hours, the group's membership had reached 1,000, and as of this writing is rapidly approaching 2,000. And there's already a Web site as well: [ARS Technica...]  [Comments...]

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