Yochai Benkler: Blueprint for Democratic Participation

Yochai Benkler, professor of law and co-director of Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, uses the case of the proposed SOPA legislation to examine how networks came together to increase awareness and put pressure on US Congress.

In his talk, Blueprint for Democratic Participation, Mr. Benkler explains how a series of events derailed the passing of the contentious bill last year. The talk was filmed at The Guardian Activate Summit 2012.

The Guardian: Blueprint for Democratic Participation from The Guardian and The Guardian on FORA.tv

I went to Harvard

It’s been an amazingly long day. I was up at 5:15amET to get some laundry done and finalize my prep for my road trip, and caught the 7am bus to Montreal. Julien met me at the bus station and Bob showed up a few minutes later.

The drive was fun and safe. We recorded some audio and took lots of photos. After a short stop in Lebanon, NH for lunch we finished the second half of the trip in good time. Okay, so we got lost IN Boston. Thankfully, Chris Brogan was able to talk us to our hotel. Oh yeah, there was the angry guy who had lost his patience with the traffic (Dick Cheney’s in town). He shouted profanities we’d never heard before.

There was a great social at the Harvard Law School tonight and then a group of us went out to an Irish Pub for some pints.

The program begins at 9:00am tomorrow. I’ll post updates when I can.