Dec 8, 2020
Chris Lewis joins EFF hosts Cindy Cohn and Danny O’Brien as they discuss how our access to knowledge is increasingly governed by "click-wrap" agreements that prevent users from ever owning things like books and music, and how this undermines the legal doctrine of “first sale” – which states that once you buy a copyrighted work, it’s yours to resell or give it away as you choose. They talk through the ramifications of this shift on society, and also start to paint a brighter future for how the digital world would thrive if we safeguard digital first sale.
In this episode you’ll learn about:
Christopher Lewis is President and CEO at Public Knowledge.
Prior to being elevated to President and CEO, Chris served for as
PK's Vice President from 2012 to 2019 where he led the
organization's day-to-day advocacy and political strategy on
Capitol Hill and at government agencies. During that time he also
served as a local elected official, serving two terms on the
Alexandria City Public School Board. Chris serves on the Board of
Directors for the Institute for Local Self Reliance and represents
Public Knowledge on the Board of the Broadband Internet Technical
Advisory Group (BITAG).
Before joining Public Knowledge, Chris worked in the Federal Communications Commission Office of Legislative Affairs, including as its Deputy Director. He is a former U.S. Senate staffer for the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and has over 18 years of political organizing and advocacy experience, including serving as Virginia State Director at GenerationEngage, and working as the North Carolina Field Director for Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential Campaign and other roles throughout the campaign. Chris graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelors degree in Government and lives in Alexandria, VA where he continues to volunteer and advocate on local civic issues. You can find Chris on Twitter at @ChrisJ_Lewis
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Music by Nat Keefe: https://natkeefe.com/
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