Harvard Law Professors Jonathan Zittrain ‘95 and Lawrence Lessig explored the role of journalists and information in the age of blogs, Twitter and Julian Assange, as part of a recent panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival.
The annual festival, sponsored by the Aspen Institute, brings together some of the nation’s brightest and most provocative thinkers and policy makers to discuss and debate key issues of the day. This year’s festival was held from June 27 to July 3, in Aspen, Colo.
In a panel entitled “The Freedom of the Press in the Age of (Wiki)Leaks,” Zittrain, a faculty co-director at HLS’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and the author of “The Future of the Internet—And How to Stop It,” and Lessig, the director of Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and co-founder of FixCongressFirst.org, addressed the question of whether Wikileaks is good or bad journalism. They were joined by James Fallows, a national correspondent for The Atlantic, and Jeffrey Rosen, a professor of law at George Washington University. Richard Wilhelm, an executive vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton, moderated.