Lawrence Lessig, C. Wendell and Edith M. Carlsmith Professor of Law, made an announcement at last summer’s iCommons iSummit that shook the free culture movement. After 10 years of scholarship and activism on the problem of how law should govern the exchange of information and ideas in a digital age, he is shifting his focus to the study of corruption. Lessig will dedicate the next 10 years to what he refers to on his blog as “corruption in the sense that the system is so queered by the influence of money that it can’t even get an issue as simple and clear as term extension right.” Noting the link between his previous areas of scholarship and corruption, he said that “our government can’t understand basic facts when strong interests have an interest in its misunderstanding.” The announcement has caught people’s attention. To date, the YouTube clip of his iSummit speech has been viewed more than 2,000 times and initial comments on his blog totaled 142. The founder of Creative Commons and Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, Lessig plans to continue his involvement with both groups. But he has already begun to turn his attention to research on this new question. Lessig discussed his new direction at the September Stanford Constitutional Law Center Constitution Day lecture, which can be seen at