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Obama Camp Creates Website To Fight Rumors

Publication Date: 
June 13, 2008
Source: 
Boston Globe
Author: 
Scott Helman

Professor Lawrence Lessig is quoted in the Boston Globe about the creation of an anti-rumor web site created by presidential candidate Obama.

Lawrence Lessig, founder and director of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, said Obama was wise to launch such a site, because the past strategy of ignoring rumors was predicated on the filter of the mainstream press.

"Today, responsible news organizations are actually being pushed to cover issues which they wouldn't have covered 20 years ago, simply because the blogosphere and the Internet are covering precisely those issues," said Lessig, who has advised Obama's campaign on technology.

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Lessig added that Obama's new website will have a "vaccination" effect, getting voters used to the idea that everything they read about Obama might not be true.