I am a co-founder of Creative Commons, and the founder of Rootstrikers. But I was not the first #Rootstriker.
It was Aaron Swartz http://www.aaronsw.com/ who initially persuaded me that none of us were going to make progress on a wide range of issues — from Internet freedom to climate change — until we found a way to address the corruption within our government.
As I described in a lecture after Aaron's death http://www.law.harvard.edu/news/2013/02/lessig-chair-lecture-aarons-laws.html, that was in January 2007. In June that year, I announced that I was putting my work on Free Culture aside, and taking up the challenge of building a movement to fight that corruption.
For the first couple years, Aaron worked with me — first, as a founding board member of Change Congress, and then with Fix Congress First! But the urgency and opportunity of an Obama presidency led him away from a fight focused on corruption alone. That was the birth of Demand Progress; Fix Congress First! then became Rootstrikers.
Today, I am incredibly honored and happy to let you know that these organizations have now joined leadership to become allies in our respective fights for a better, truer democracy.
Ask me anything! And here are some ways you can help:
1) Become a Rootstriker and join the fight to end the corrupting influence of private money over American politics: http://www.rootstrikers.org/
2) Please watch my recent TED talk, titled "We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim" -- and help push it over one million views: http://www.ted.com/talks/lawrence_lessig_we_the_people_and_the_republic_we_must_reclaim.html
3) Donate to Demand Progress/Rootstrikers so we can hit the ground running and add new energy to the fight for money-in-politics reform.
4) Pay what you want for Demand Progress's book Hacking Politics (to which I contributed) about the effort to defeat SOPA: