The Manhattan Institute

The Manhattan Institute is a think tank whose mission is to develop and disseminate new ideas that foster greater economic choice and individual responsibility. The Manhattan Institute was founded in 1978 by William Casey, who later became President Reagan's CIA director.

Thomas Hazlett

Thomas W. Hazlett is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and a Columnist for the Financial Times’ New Economy Policy Forum @ His research focuses on law and economics, with particular emphasis on telecommunications policy. Dr. Hazlett received his Ph.D. in economics from U.C.L.A. From 1984 through June 2000 he was a professor at the University of California, Davis, where he taught economics and finance and served as Director of the Program on Telecommunications Policy. In 1990-91 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, and in 1991-92 he was Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C. He is currently a Senior Research Associate at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information and a Fellow of the AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies.

Dr. Hazlett is a Senior Adviser to Analysis Group/Economics, and has provided expert testimony in federal and state courts, before the Department of Commerce, General Accounting Office, and the Federal Communications Commission, and to committees of Congress. In addition, he has served as a consultant to numerous private firms, the State of California, Congressional Budget Office, federal agencies, municipal governments and foreign governments. Dr. Hazlett is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, a Senior Research Associate of the Columbia Institute for Tele-information, and a Senior Fellow of the Liberal Institute in Prague, Czech Republic. In 1990-91 he was awarded the Wriston Citicorp Fellowship, a prize awarded annually by the Manhattan Institute to a young scholar working in an important area of public policy. His book (with Matthew L. Spitzer), Public Policy Toward Cable Television, was published by the MIT Press in 1997.

Stanford Center for Internet & Society

The Center for Internet and Society (CIS) is a public interest technology law and policy program at Stanford Law School and a part of Law, Science and Technology Program at Stanford Law School. The CIS brings together scholars, academics, legislators, students, hackers, and scientists to study the interaction of new technologies and the law and to examine how the synergy between the two can either promote or harm public goods like free speech, privacy, public commons, diversity, and scientific inquiry. The CIS strives as well to improve both technology and law, encouraging decision makers to design both as a means to further democratic values.

CIS provides law students and the general public with educational resources and analyses of policy issues arising at the intersection of law, technology and the public interest. CIS presents clients and files amici briefs in cases that raise issues involving civil rights and technology. The Center also sponsors a range of public events focusing on computer and copyright laws, including a speakers series, conferences and workshops.

Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig is a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and founder of the school’s Center for Internet and Society. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty, he was the Berkman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Lessig was also a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and a Professor at the University of Chicago Law School. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. Lessig teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, contracts, comparative constitutional law, and the law of cyberspace.

More recently, Lawrence Lessig represented Web site operator Eric Eldred in the ground-breaking case Eldred v. Ashcroft. Lessig was named one of Scientific American's Top 50 Visionaries for arguing "against interpretations of copyright that could stifle innovation and discourse online." He is the author of The Future of Ideas and Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace. He also chairs the Creative Commons project. Professor Lessig is a boardmember of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a Board Member of the Center for the Public Domain, and a Commission Member of the Penn National Commission on Society, Culture and Community at the University of Pennsylvania.

Professor Lessig earned 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.