Lessig to Moyers: Government should use its power to protect privacy—not exploit it

By Kay Steiger
Thursday, June 13, 2013 14:34 EDT
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Lessig talks to Moyers
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Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and founder of Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society Larry Lessig stopped by to speak with Bill Moyers about how the government should be using its ability to control information to protect its citizens’ privacy rather than exploit it.

“We’ve got to think about the technology as a protector of liberty too. So code is a kind of law … There’s a way to build the technology to give us this liberty back, this privacy back. But it’s not a priority to think about using code to protect,” Lessig told Moyers.

“We have two kinds of specialized knowledge here, lawyers and coders — those people have to be in the same room as they listen to the government and the government says, ‘This is what we need to do to keep America safe,’” he said. “Let’s force the government to prove that to both of these lawmakers, the lawyers and the coders.”

Watch the video, uploaded by BillMoyers.com.

Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger is the managing editor of Raw Story. Her contributions have appeared in The American Prospect, The Atlantic, Campus Progress, The Guardian, In These Times, Jezebel, Religion Dispatches, RH Reality Check, and others. You can follow her on Twitter @kaysteiger.
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