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David Weinberger's Blog

David Weinberger writes about the effect of technology on ideas.

He is the author of Small Pieces Loosely Joined and Everything Is Miscellaneous, and is the co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto. His most recent book, Too Big to Know, about the Internet's effect on how and what we know.

Dr. Weinberger is a senior researcher at the Berkman Klein Center. He has been a philosophy professor, journalist, strategic marketing consultant to high tech companies, Internet entrepreneur, advisor to several presidential campaigns, and a Franklin Fellow at the US State Department. He was for four years the co-director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, focusing on the future of libraries.


Projects & Tools

Media Re:public

Media Re:public is a research project that examines the current and potential impact of participatory news media. More


Publications

Sep 30, 2015

Fifteen Lessons from the Berkman Fellows Program

This report explores what makes the Berkman Fellows program successful and aims to derive lessons that can be applied to other institutions.  More

Apr 30, 2007

Everything is Miscellaneous

The Power of the New Digital Disorder

In Everything Is Miscellaneous, David Weinberger charts the new principles of digital order that are remaking business, education, politics, science, and culture. More

May 12, 2005

Tagging and Why It Matters

Tagging has become the latest craze among the digerati. While it certainly has been hyped, there are reasons to think it is not only going to go mainstream, it will have effects… More

May 5, 2003

Small Pieces Loosely Joined

A Unified Theory of the Web

In this insightful social commentary, David Weinberger goes beyond misdirected hype to reveal what is truly revolutionary about the Web. Just as Marshall McLuhan forever altered… More

Jan 9, 2001

The Cluetrain Manifesto

The End of Business as Usual

The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual by, Christopher Locke, Rick Levine, Doc Searls, David Weinberger More


News

Medium
Jul 3, 2018

Clearly Complex

A report from the Symposium on Trust and Ethics of Autonomous Vehicles (STEAV)

A report from the Symposium on Trust and Ethics of Autonomous Vehicles (STEAV). More

Feb 15, 2011

Questions for Secretary Clinton concerning "Internet freedom"

Faculty associate Matthew Hindman provoked an energetic email exchange among members of the extended Berkman Center community today, in anticipation of Secretary Clinton's … More

Dec 16, 2010

Radio Berkman 172: The Evolutionary Biases of the Technium

This week on Radio Berkman: the idea that technology could want something seems kind of outlandish, almost like science fiction. But journalist Kevin Kelly is proposing a kind of… More

Jul 15, 2010

Radio Berkman 158: Thinking About Thinking About the Net

This week on Radio Berkman: David Weinberger and Tim Hwang trawl through some schools of thought about the Net... More

Dec 23, 2009

Radio Berkman 140: Three Trends of 2009

This week on Radio Berkman: Dan Jones turns the tables on David Weinberger, interviewing him about some of the big themes from this year's Supernova conference... More

Dec 16, 2008

Radio Berkman: A (Porn) Free Nationwide Internet?

This week on Radio Berkman, David Weinberger interviews Stephen Schultze on the FCC's (now postponed) vote on a plan for free nationwide wireless Internet... More

Jul 8, 2008

Rebooting America: Ideas for Resdesigning American Democracy for the Internet Age

Personal Democracy Forum has released Rebooting America, including essays from Yochai Benkler, danah boyd, Gene Koo, David Weinberger, and many more. More

Apr 24, 2008

On a Scale of 1 to 10...

David Weinberger, who has been teaching The Web Difference at HLS this semester with John Palfrey, tells us, "In case you were wondering, we have scientifically determined that… More


Community

Wired

Dont' Make AI Artificially Stupid in the Name of Transparency

In this Wired op-ed, David Weinberger discusses the implications around…

Jan 28, 2018

Courses

The Web Difference? Digital Media, Entertainment, and the Law - Spring 2008

This course will examine the claim of Internet exceptionalism and the implications of this claim in the context of the law and society. More


Events

Jun 25, 2013 @ 6:00 PM

REWIRE: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection

A book launch with the author, Ethan Zuckerman, Director of the MIT Center for Civic Media

A rousing call to action for those who would be citizens of the world—online and off. More

Jun 18, 2013 @ 12:30 PM

Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now

Douglas Rushkoff, author of Present Shock, in conversation with David Weinberger

The always-on, simultaneous society in which we have found ourselves has altered our relationship to culture, media, news, politics, economics, and power. We are living in a… More

Nov 19, 2012 @ 6:00 PM

At the Corner of Hollywood and Web

A conversation + a screening of a new indie movie

Join us for a discussion about the intersection of Hollywood and the Web and the opportunities and challenges filmmakers, actors, producers, and audience members face in an era… More

Sep 11, 2012 @ 6:00 PM

Open Access Book Launch

Peter Suber tells us what open access is and isn’t, how it benefits authors and readers of research, how we pay for it, how it avoids copyright problems, how it has moved from the… More

Jan 24, 2012 @ 6:00 PM

Too Big to Know

David Weinberger, Berkman Center and Harvard Law School Library Lab

David Weinberger discusses his new book, "Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is… More

Nov 9, 2010 @ 12:30 PM

Meta-Library

Kim Dulin & David Weinberger, co-directors of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab at Harvard Law School

The co-directors of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab at Harvard Law School -- Kim Dulin and David Weinberger -- along with members of the Lab will demonstrate their lead project… More

Apr 28, 2010 @ 6:00 PM

The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion

David Weinberger in conversation with John Hagel III

Join us for a discussion on The Power of Pull, a new book from authors John Hagel III, John Seely Brown, and Lang Davison on how "pull" can be more systematically used to shape… More

Jan 16, 2010 @ 9:00 AM

Lawberry Camp

An unconference geared towards law librarians, legal information professionals, and others in related fields

Lawberry Camp is an unconference geared towards law librarians, legal information professionals, and others in related fields and will be hosted at Harvard Law School. More

Nov 10, 2009 @ 12:30 PM

What Information Was

David Weinberger, Berkman Center

David Weinberger will present an informal sketch of a direction for understanding the dominance of information as concept, metaphor, etc., suggesting that we leaped into … More

Oct 6, 2009 @ 6:00 PM

What Information Was

David Weinberger

David Weinberger will present an informal sketch of a direction for understanding the dominance of information as concept, metaphor, etc., suggesting that we leaped into … More

Jun 16, 2009 @ 6:00 PM

Cluetrain at 10: So How's Utopia Working Out for Ya?

with Berkman Fellows Doc Searls and David Weinberger, and Berkman faculty co-director Jonathan Zittrain

On the tenth anniversary of The Cluetrain Manifesto, how's all that freedom, that cyberutopianism, that Internet exceptionalism working out for you? Harvard Law professor and co… More

Apr 25, 2008 @ 9:00 AM

ROFLCon

In the making since '94

Mix up a bunch of super famous internet memes, some brainy academics, a big audience, dump them in Cambridge, MA and you've got ROFLCon. More

Feb 11, 2008 @ 2:44 AM

Web of Ideas: The Future of the Music Industry, with special guest musician Brad Sucks

with David Weinberger

Berkman Fellow David Weinberger discussed The Future of the Music Industry, with special guest musician Brad Sucks More

Dec 5, 2007 @ 2:36 AM

Web of Ideas: Is the Web Changing the Nature of Leadership?

with David Weinberger

Berkman Fellow David Weinberger lead a discussion titled "Who are the Web’s leaders?", questioning whether online leadership will effect leadership off the Web. More

Nov 14, 2007 @ 2:25 AM

Web of Ideas: Copyright: Designing from the Ground Up

with David Weinberger

Berkman Fellow David Weinberger lead a discussion on "Copyright: Designing from the Ground Up" More

Jul 16, 2007 @ 12:00 AM

The Summer Doctoral Programme (SDP)

The Summer Doctoral Programme (SDP) is a joint effort of the Berkman Center and the Oxford Internet Institute, which provides top doctoral students from around the world with the… More

Apr 30, 2007 @ 2:01 AM

Berkman Book Release: Everything is Miscellaneous

by David Weinberger

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society hosted a celebration in congratulations of Berkman Fellow David Weinberger’s release of his book Everything is Miscellaneous through… More

Apr 25, 2007 @ 1:55 AM

Web of Ideas: Civility, Speech and Cyberbullying - A Code of Conduct for the Web?

with David Weinberger

Berkman Fellow David Weinberger lead a discussion "Civility, Speech and Cyberbullying - A Code of Conduct for the Web?" More

Mar 21, 2007 @ 1:36 AM

Web of Ideas: Does Participatory Culture Lead to Participatory Democracy?

with David Weinberger

David Weinberger posed the question: Does Participatory Culture Lead to Participatory Democracy? More

Mar 28, 2006 @ 12:30 PM

What's Up with Knowledge?

David Weinberger, Berkman Fellow

Berkman Fellow David Weinberger discussed developments in knowledge from the prominence of Jon Stewart to Wikipedia as an accurate reference in "What's Up with Knowledge?" More

Mar 1, 2005 @ 12:30 PM

Why Tagging Matters

David Weinberger, Berkman Fellow

Berkman Luncheon Series: 3/1/05 - David Weinberger on Why Tagging Matters More

Feb 28, 2005 @ 1:06 AM

Web of Ideas: The Time of the Net

with David Weinberger

Many of our metaphors about the Internet treat it as a place, which is perfectly appropriate. But many - perhaps all? - Net phenomena have a temporal dimension which is not … More

Feb 16, 2005 @ 1:03 AM

Web of Ideas: Netty Friends

with David Weinberger

There's no doubt that we're forming relationships over the Internet that feel something like friendship. But are they different enough from real-world friendships that they need… More

Jan 21, 2005 @ 1:00 AM

Web of Ideas: Everything is Miscellaenous

with David Weinberger

If we change the most basic principles of organization, what will happen to knowledge and to the institutions that take their shape from knowledge? More

Jan 12, 2005 @ 6:00 PM

Web of Ideas: Is the Web a Medium?

with David Weinberger

Is the Web a Medium? At one level, the Web is a medium through which messages are passed from A to B. But if we acknowledge that the medium affects the messages or even that the… More

Dec 8, 2004 @ 6:00 PM

Web of Ideas: The Social Effect of Architecture

with David Weinberger

This week's Web of Ideas featured a special guest, David P. Reed, one of the Internet's architects and most articulate thinkers. More

Nov 3, 2004 @ 6:00 PM

Web of Ideas: Democracy and the New Public

Is the Net changing the nature of the public in ways that are good, bad or promising for democracy?

Is the Net changing the nature of the public in ways that are good, bad or promising for democracy? More

Oct 6, 2004 @ 6:00 PM

Web of Ideas: Objectivity, Truth and Blogs

Wikipedia.org -- the grassroots encyclopedia -- has frozen edits to the page about George W. Bush because supporters and detractors were revising the page at a head-spinning clip. More