Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and founder of Rootstrikers, a network of activists leading the fight against government corruption. He has authored numerous books, including Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Our Congress—and a Plan to Stop It, Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, Free Culture, and Remix.
Lessig serves on the Boards of Creative Commons, AXA Research Fund and iCommons.org, and on the Advisory Boards of the Sunlight Foundation, the Better Future Project, and Democracy Café. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Association, and has received numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation’s Freedom Award, Fastcase 50 Award and being named one of Scientific American's Top 50 Visionaries.
Lessig holds a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge, and a JD from Yale. As Professor at Stanford Law School, Lessig founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.
James Rucker is a technologist and software entrepreneur turned activist who has spent the last 10 years seeking to use technology to strengthen the voice of everyday people in creating political and social change.
James co-founded ColorOfChange.org, an online community of over a million people dedicated to amplifying the political voice of Black America, in the aftermath of the failed governmental response to Hurricane Katrina. He led the organization from its founding in 2005 through early 2011. He is also co-founder of Citizen Engagement Laboratory (CEL), a home for people and projects working to shift culture and transform society, and VideoTheVote, a project that documented and reported election day irregularities. Prior, James served as Director of Grassroots Mobilization for MoveOn.org, playing a lead role in technology and organizing strategy. Before working in politics and social change, James worked in various roles in the software industry in the Silicon Valley.James serves on the boards of the ColorOfChange.org, Southern Poverty Law Center, and MoveOn.org. He grew up in Seaside, California and has a BS in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University. He lives with his family in San Francisco.