Larry Lessig: blogs changing elections

Larry Lessig: blogs changing elections

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Hey, I talk a lot about the way people are using the Net to change politics, but Larry Lessig
really knows what he's talking about. He's in the thick of the fight for your rights online,
including arguing against the bad guys at the Supreme Court.

I'd recommend his opinion in the current issue of Wired,
The New Road to the White House:
How grassroots blogs are transforming presidential politics. He quotes Joe Trippi, Howard Dean's
campaign manager:

Instead, Trippi adopted a method for campaign development that parallels the most successful community model for software development – free or open source. Trippi let control of the blogs go and thus was born the first open source presidential campaign. The Dean campaign engages hundreds of blogs without policing who says what when, or who is on-message how much of the time.

This is just what traditional politics would never allow. As Trippi explained, "This is my seventh presidential campaign. In all of them, everything I learned was that you're supposed to have strong military command over everything in the organization. You give commands to your state directors, who give it to the county directors, who order the precinct captains around."

Larry does a lot of other really good work, including a role at the Electronic
Frontier Foundation
and also works on SFLAN free community wireless Internet.

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