I went along to see Larry Lessig give the SCL (Society for Computers and Law) Annual Lecture in London this week. I was wondering what to expect given his apparent change of direction away from pure intellectual property issues, to corruption, but he'd clearly considered his audience and there was probably more of the "old" Lessig than the new.
I won't try to report the speech in any detail, but he made the point that we were sleepwalking (my word, not his) into a world where policy makers who fundamentally fail to understand how the internet works, could bring it all to a grinding halt by using ill-considered legislation to bring an end to the so-called ills of the internet. It wasn't entirely clear what we were supposed to do about it ("Leadership"?) but I tend to take the view that Lessig excels at pulling these ideas together and it's not for him to tell his audience what they should be doing.
NB Larry Lessig is clearly impressed (because he referenced a couple of times) by Professor Jonathan Zittrain's new book, The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It, which came out this week and would appear to be essential reading for those of us interested in the internet and its future.