For more than 10 minutes of his keynote speech at last week’s Next Billion conference in New York City, Harvard Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig discussed the heavy influence of “Tweedism, which has corrupted political processes in democracies such as Hong Kong and the United States.
Tweedism, named for the political corruption that pervaded New York City politics under William “Boss” Tweed in the 1860s, comes in the form of undue political influence on the candidates being nominated for office, as well as the heavy hand of business on the political process.
He made his comments during one of the sessions at the all-day conference presented last week by digital news service Quartz.
Quartz has held similar forums in Seattle and New York and plans another next year in London. The objective is to address the by-products of an increasingly connected world, as well as examine the issues and products that will be used by the next billion users of the Internet.