For those not familiar, a legal hacker is:
- One who uses technology to improve law; or
- One who uses law to improve technology.
The legal hack network initially was formed in late 2011 by a group of Brooklyn Law students troubled by the U.S. House’s anti-piracy legislation, the Stop Online Piracy Act, and its Senate counterpart, the PROTECT IP Act, also known as SOPA and PIPA. Like many in the internet community, the students were concerned that Congress had, without consulting the public, crafted a bill that so plainly limited a user’s right to digital free speech.
Legal Hackers had its first meeting in New York in 2012 and has since grown into a movement with chapters in Washington, Los Angeles, Miami and many other cities around the globe. The group consists of like-minded individuals in the fields of law and technology who enjoy getting together to discuss pertinent legislation, case law and the state of play within the tech and legal communities.
R Street looked to do its own small part to promote legal hacking in 2016 by creating EveryCRSReport.com, the Technology Policy Working Group and the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group. That’s why we are co-sponsoring tonight’s event, along with allies like the Open Government Foundation, the Data Coalition, the Data Foundation and FastCase. We invite you to stop by, grab a slice of pizza and help us honor this year’s recipients.
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