New York City Council Members Ben Kallos and Brad Lander Join San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell to Provide Joint Keynote Speech at MIT Media Lab Legal Hackathon

New York City Council Members Ben Kallos and Brad Lander Join San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell to Provide Joint Keynote Speech at MIT Media Lab Legal Hackathon

WHO: New York City Council Member Ben Kallos; City Council Member Brad Lander; San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell; Open Government luminaries including Seamus Kraft Executive Director of Open Government Foundation, and Dazza Greenwood of MIT Media Lab, host of the Legal Hackathon

WHAT: Keynote speech “Hack the Law” at two-day conference and hackathon

WHEN: 12PM, Friday, June 13

The link to watch online will appear shortly before the event.
MIT Media Lab
75 Amherst St., Cambridge, MA

Software developer and New York City Council Member Ben Kallos along with New York City Council Member Brad Lander and San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell will provide a keynote speech entitled “Hack the Law," moderated by Seamus Kraft. The speech will be on the topic citizens taking back the law for themselves, will include a call to action before Council Member Kallos assists in supervising a “hack session” focused on producing tangible result. The MIT Legal Hackathon is an online participatory event. Learn more at

BEN KALLOS is a software developer, civic hacker and member of the New York City Council. At the beginning of his career in public service, Ben Kallos put Albany voting records online so New Yorkers could hold politicians accountable. Since then, he has run a government reform organization that helped defeat a corrupt politician and has served as Policy Director for former Public Advocate Mark Green. Council Member Kallos serves as Chair of the Committee on Governmental Operations of the City Council, where he has fought to bring reform and transparency to government agencies. Praised by the New York Times for his "fresh ideas," Council Member Kallos has advocated for transparent government, open information and technological advancements. 

BRAD LANDER is the chair of the Committee on Rules of the New York City Council and an advocate for major open government initiatives, including a bill to put the entire City law online and the City Council's successful adoption of transparency and fairness reforms to its rules. Prior to his election to the Council, Lander was the director of the Pratt Center for Community Development, where he worked with community leaders, city government and non-profit organizations to preserve and strengthen neighborhood quality-of-life, promote sustainability, and create opportunity in low-income neighborhoods. Before joining Pratt, Lander served for a decade as executive director of the Fifth Avenue Committee, community-based organization in Brooklyn that develops affordable housing, creates economic opportunities, and organizes tenants and workers. Lander also served as the Housing & Community Development chair of Brooklyn's Community Board 6, on the board of directors of the Jewish Funds for Justice and Grassroots Leadership, as policy co-chair of Housing First!, and on several panels advising the City of New York on public policy issues.

MARK FARRELL is a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and currently serves as: Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, as a Member of the City and School District Committee, as a Member of the Transportation Authority, as a Member of the Transportation Authority’s Finance Committee, as a Member of the State Legislation Committee, as a Member of the Health Service System Board, on the Department of Emergency Management Disaster Council, on the San Francisco America's Cup Organizing Committee, and on the 2016-17 Super Bowl Bid Committee. 
Prior to being elected to the Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Farrell practiced law as a corporate and securities attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Silicon Valley for 3 years, joined Thomas Weisel Partners as an investment banker where he was an integral part of the Internet & Digital Media team for over 5 years, and subsequently co-founded Quest Hospitality Ventures, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm focused on the hospitality and travel sector. 

DAZZA GREENWOOD, a lecturer and research scientist at the MIT Media Lab, conducts research projects on big data, identity federation and trust frameworks with 2013/2014 academic year research focus on defining and developing "Computational Legal Science" as a sub-discipline of computational social science.  Dazza leads the consultancy, providing solutions at the intersection of business, law and technology for the innovation economy.  Dazza also serves as the Vice Chair of the Plenary for the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG of NSTIC), which is developing a framework for federated identity and privacy at the international level.  Dazza has consulted to fortune 100 companies, including the insurance industry and financial services sector, architecting the creation of trust frameworks.  Federally, Dazza has testified several times on eCommerce before the US House and US Senate and has consulted to NASA as an Online Identity expert, GSA as a multilateral rules drafting expert, Homeland Security as a multistate Federal governance expert and many other agencies and departments. Dazza is a member of the Steward’s Council of the Identity Commons and heads it’s Forum on Law of Identity and Personal Data.  Dazza also co-founded the eCitizen Foundation, which focused on creating citizen-centered online identity and personal data sharing projects and solutions.  

SEAMUS KRAFT is Executive Director, Co-Founder & Vice-Chairman of the Board of the OpenGov Foundation. Seamus loves America, technology and helping people participate in their communities. He launched OpenGov with Chairman Issa in 2011 while holding down a Congressional day-job as Director of Digital Strategy and press secretary for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.