In 2010, Lawrence Lessig launched the Edmond J. Safra Research Lab, a major initiative designed to address fundamental problems of ethics in a way that is of practical benefit to institutions of government and society around the world. As its first undertaking, the Lab is tackling the problem of institutional corruption.
Over a five-year period, a wide range of important institutions are being studied, with the ultimate goal of producing a set of practical tools that might be used both to understand the dynamic of institutional corruption and to respond to it. A structure of fellowships supports the project and draws scholars and researchers from a wide range of disciplines across academia, industry, and government. Collaborative research that integrates the work of different fields is a strong component of the Lab's work.
In this third volume of Lab Dispatches, contributions to the blog from these Fellows and from other associates of the Lab are here collected. More about the Lab can be found at http://www.ethics.harvard.edu