| | Lessig at Wikimania 2006. Photo by Gus Freedman. Homepage photo:| |

A few weeks ago I was in Boston for Wikimania 2006, the second annual conference where wiki-folk of all types come together to talk about what’s new and exciting in the wiki-world. As you can imagine, it was a veritable Woodstock for the “free culture” movement—the ongoing mission to provide free and unrestricted access to precious informational commodities (including encyclopedias, textbooks and software) on the Internet.

One of the movements most noteworthy proponents is Lawrence Lessig, a professor of cyberlaw at Stanford University and the founder of the nonprofit organization Creative Commons. His speech at Wikimania was among the more inspiring calls to action I have ever witnessed [you can watch it on Google Video below]. Simply put, if you’re reading this blog (or any blog, for that matter), you should know Lawrence

To that end,_ PopSci.com_ is giving you the chance to become better acquainted with one of the Internet’s greatest thinkers. We’re sitting down with Lessig on Thursday, August 24, and would love to present him with questions from our readers. Add them in the comments section below, or e-mail them to by Wednesday, August 23. Lessig’s responses will be made available on next week. —John Mahoney


Lessig’s speech at Wikimania 2006 (Google Video or MP3 audio).

Lawrence Lessig: Wikipedia