Law.gov Workshop in DC

Cory posting on Boing Boing about Carl Malamud’s Law.gov workshop this week in DC reminded me I should help let folks know. Law.gov is Carl’s project to gather academics, activists and politicians in order to convince the powers that be that the text of our nation’s laws should be made available online for free.

We’re setting off some pretty fireworks next week in Washington, D.C. and I wanted to invite people to come watch. Since January, Public.Resource.Org has been organizing Law.Gov workshops all around the country with the help of a stellar cast of co-convenors. Over 500 people have participated in these workshops. The idea of Law.Gov is that government needs to do a much better job of making primary legal materials available. Code is law, law is code, and we think America’s operating system ought to be open source.

Next week is the conclusion of the Law.Gov workshops and we’re going out with a bang. On Tuesday, John Podesta will be hosting us at the Center for American Progress and the whole thing will be streamed live on the net. There is a really stellar cast of participants including a half-dozen senior administration officials and some well-known net names like Vint Cerf and Tim O’Reilly. Then, on Thursday and Friday, Larry Lessig and John Palfry are hosting us at Harvard for a 2-day wrapup.

I volunteer on another of Carl’s projects, the International Amateur Scanning League and have spoken with him repeatedly about Law.gov. He’s a compelling man and intensely motivated. If I could have attended the event, I would just to met him again and to hear just him speak, let alone all of the other notable folks that will be there.

Space at the DC workshop is so limited the event is invite only. It will be streamed live in case you are curious. It will run from 10AM to 4PM tomorrow, the 15th. The list of speakers is amazing and the full schedule is available at the web site. It definitely looks worth making the time to catch what speakers you can on the live stream throughout the day. Hopefully there will be archived video after the event too.

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