May 17 2016 12:00pm to May 17 2016 12:00pm

Disneyland, measles, and parents’ choice not to vaccinate

A conversation with CA State Senator Dr. Richard Pan and Dr. Brittany Seymour

In 2014, the US experienced the largest measles outbreak in nearly a generation, with many cases linked to unvaccinated Disneyland visitors. Misinformation online about vaccines was recognized as one of the contributing factors to this outbreak. Please join us in a discussion with California State Senator Dr. Richard Pan, author of the landmark legislation to abolish non-medical exemptions to legally required vaccines for school students, as we discuss some of public health’s toughest questions facing us in the digital age.

Towards a Modern Approach to Privacy-Aware Government Data Releases

Governments are under increasing pressure to promote transparency, accountability, and innovation by making the data they hold available to the public. Because the data often contain information about individuals, agencies rely on various standards and interventions to protect privacy interests while supporting a range of beneficial uses of the data. This article provides a survey of practices for releasing data in response to freedom of information and Privacy Act requests, traditional public and vital records, official statistics, and e-government and open government initiatives.

Authored by
  • Urs Gasser
  • Alexandra Wood
  • David O'Brien

Public Opinion toward Internet Freedom in Asia: A Survey of Internet Users from 11 Jurisdictions

The purpose of the study is to understand the public opinion toward issues related to Internet freedom in Asia. This report provides a basic overview of the opinions and behaviors on a number of topics related to Internet freedom, including but not limited to Internet censorship and the adoption and use of circumvention, anonymization, and encryption tools.

Authored by
  • Fei Shen
  • Lokman Tsui

4 May 2016

Amber, a Free Tool for Bloggers & Website Owners, Now Distributed on Drupal.org

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is pleased to announce that Amber, an open-source software tool that preserves content and prevents broken links, has been promoted to full project status on Drupal.org. When installed on a blog or website, Amber can take a snapshot of the content of every linked page, ensuring that even if those pages are interfered with or blocked, the original content will be available.

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