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Lessig Bows Out

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Stanford University law professor and Silicon Valley copyright-reform guru Larry Lessig bowed out of his consideration of running for Congress for the seat of Democratic Rep. Tom Lantos, who died recently.

In his post on his blog called “On Why I Am Not Running,” Lessig laid out his reasons, noting that such a run had to do with–of course–polls that showed former California state Sen. Jackie Speier would win the district that encompasses a chunk of Silicon Valley.

Nonethless, Lessig said he would continue to focus on his recent effort called Change Congress, which seeks to, well, change Congress.

Here’s his terrific I-will-not-run video:


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik