Edward Snowden is an American computer professional, former CIA employee, and former government contractor who leaked classified information from the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013. The information revealed numerous global surveillance programs, many run by the NSA and the Five Eyes with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments. Snowden was hired by B... Read more


Aaron Swartz was an American computer programmer, entrepreneur, writer, political organizer and Internet hacktivist who was involved in the development of the web feed format RSS and the Markdown publishing format, the organization Creative Commons, the website framework and the social news site, Reddit, in which he became a partner after its merger with his company, Infogami. He committ... Read more


Tim Wu is an author, policy advocate and professor at Columbia Law School. He is a fellow at the New America Foundation and a contributing editor at The New Republic. Wu's best-known work is the development of Net Neutrality theory, but he writes also about private power, free speech, copyright and antitrust. He has previously served as a senior advisor to the Federal Trade Commission, Chair of... Read more


Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Prior to rejoining the Harvard faculty, Lessig was a professor at the University of Chicago and Stanford Law School, where he founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society. Lessig clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7... Read more


Peter Ludlow is a professor of philosophy at Northwestern University. Before moving to Northwestern, Ludlow taught at University of Toronto, the University of Michigan and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has done much interdisciplinary work on the interface of linguistics and philosophy—in particular on the philosophical foundations of Noam Chomsky's theory of generative lin... Read more