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To help with sorting post-wiki, the format of each post is subject (book, conference, faculty), name (person responsible for event, book, etc) and then the substance of the post. This is not the final format for the timeline - it is just in this form now as we're collecting the info, and we'll be dolling it up later! Thanks!

1993

The first copy of Wired Magazine hits the stands. The Mar/April 1993 issue was "1.01."

http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/1.01/

1994

Future Berkman fellow John Perry Barlow's 1994 essay in Wired Magazine "The Economy of Ideas: A framework for patents and copyrights in the Digital Age," piques interest on the Harvard Law School campus. Professors Charles Nesson and Arthur Miller begin collaboration and their first forays (with colleague Prof. Terry Fisher) in Cyberlaw.

http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/2.03/economy.ideas_pr.html

1995

January

February

First Internet and Society Seminar offered at Harvard Law School. Taught by Professors Charles Nesson and Arthur Miller, and led by Teaching Assistants David Marglin '96 and Tom Smuts '96, this class saw John Perry Barlow, the Microsoft anti-trust dispute, the Lotus-Borland copyright dispute, government speakers, CEOs, and a host of Harvard professors engage in debate about the Internet and its impact on law, politics, finance, business, society, and more. From these seminars grew the first Harvard Conference on the Internet & Society in 1996, and, of course, the Berkman Center itself.

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April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

1996

January

  • Harvard Law School takes another leap into the digital age by becoming fully wired.

February

  • On February 8th, John Perry Barlow publishes "A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace," declaring to the governments of the world that cyberspace is exempt from their rule. This framework inspires a generation of Internet pioneers.

http://homes.eff.org/~barlow/Declaration-Final.html

  • Professors Charles Nesson and Arthur Miller instruct the second Harvard Law Seminar on the Internet & Society (Teaching Assistant David Marglin '96).

March

  • Harvard Law School launches its first website on March 11th.

April

May

29 - The first Harvard Conference on Internet & Society - chaired by H.T. Kung - opened with remarks by Harvard President Neal Rudenstine and featured keynote addresses by Bill Gates, Scott McNealy, and more.

http://www.amazon.com/Internet-Society-OReilly-Associates/dp/0674459326

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

1997

January

  • Lecturer on Law Jonathan Zittrain '95 offers the Internet & Society course for the first time at Harvard Law School.
  • The first iteration of Weblogs are introduced to the Internet.

February

Center for Internet and Society at HLS founded. It would be re-named Berkman Center in 1998!

[Myles and Lillian Berkman agree to formation of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at HLS based on funding by Jack Berkman. Also, endowed Berkman Professor for Entrepreneurial Studies (sic) position created.; this would be formally announced March of 1998] http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/home/berkman_family_gift

March

[THIS IS FEBRUARY 1998!!: however, it was agreed to before; see date of announcement...]

April

May

June

July

  • Jonathan Zittrain publishes "The Rise and Fall of Sysopdom" in the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology (Volume 10, Number 3)

http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/home/1997-01

August

September

Events -- Lessig -- Visiting professor Larry Lessig offers "The Law of Cyberspace" at Harvard Law School.

October

November

December

  • Faculty Fisher William Fisher teaches Intellectual Property in Cyberspace, one of the Berkman Center's first online courses

1998

January

February

March

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF BERKMAN CENTER!

March Fourth (Fourth?):

Harvard Founders include, Terry Fisher, Larry Lessig, Arthur Miller, Charles Nesson, Jonathan Zittrain, David Marglin

  • 3-Mar Berkman Miller Professor Arthur Miller '58 creates Berkman's first interactive lecture and discussion series, free and open to the public: "Privacy in Cyberspace" http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/privacy99/

April

  • Article Miller Drudge Match: Cyberspace doesn't render libel law obsolete

May

May 26th-29th

2nd Harvard Conference on the Internet & Society Chaired By Charles Nesson (co-Chair Charles Ogletree); first MAJOR Berkman Center Event.

Keynote Speakers:

     Steve Ballmer, Executive Vice President, Microsoft Corporation
     Stephen M. Case, Chairman and CEO, America Online
     Esther Dyson, Chairman, EDventure Holdings
     Lawrence J. Ellison, Chairman and CEO, Oracle Corporation
     Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., Chairman and CEO, IBM
     Ira C. Magaziner, Senior Advisor to the President for Policy Development
     Scott G. McNealy, Chairman, CEO, and President, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Kim Polese, President and CEO, Marimba, Inc. 

http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/cybercon98/tour/index.html

  • 15-May Berkman Nesson Professor Nesson emails Bill Gates, suggesting Microsoft end its "Darth Vader problem" through buying Apple and giving it to a non-profit corporation.

June

July

August

September

October

  • 7-Oct Fellow Tamar Frankel testified (concerning ICANNning ICANN) before a joint hearing of the Subcommittee on Basic Research and the Subcommittee on Technology of the Science Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • 28-Oct Sem. Int. Digital Millenium Copyright Act signed into law by President Bill Clinton

November

  • Staff Wilbanks John Wilbanks becomes the Berkman Center's first Assistant Director

December

  • Faculty Lessig Lawrence Lessig named first Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies

[This was announced in March, 1998; see Berkman press release]

  • Faculty Zittrain Jonathan Zittrain named first Executive Director of the Berkman Center

1999

  • First luncheon series
  • Project Seltzer Openlaw. Openlaw starts an experiment in crafting legal argument in an open forum by collecting examples of public domain use and copyright misuse for the case of Eldred v. Reno (later Eldred v. Ashcroft). http://openlaw.org/
  • Project Copyright's Commons gathers supporters of the public domain. Its [cc] will later help to birth Creative Commons.

January

February

March

April

May

  • 20-May Conference Lessig Harvard holds the Open Code/Open Content/Open Law conference, dedicated to building a digital commons. This later becomes the basis for Lessig's transformative book, Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace. http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/opencode/


June

Harvard Law Bulletin features the Intrepid Crew of the Berkman Center Building in CyberSpace http://www.law.harvard.edu/alumni/bulletin/backissues/summer99/index.html http://www.law.harvard.edu/alumni/bulletin/backissues/summer99/article1.html

July

  • 22-Jul Gov Zittrain Jonathan Zittrain testifies before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight regarding ICANN

August

September

October

November

December

  • December Sem. Int. Recording Industry Association of America files lawsuit against Napster

2000

January

February

March

  • March 2000 - CONFERENCE: eDevelopment Conference?

April

May


June

July

August

September

October

http://web.archive.org/web/20001004230446/http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/index.html

November

December

2001

January

  • Faculty Zittrain Jonathan Zittrain named Berkman Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies

February

March

  • 8-March - 1ST LUNCHEON SERIES: Boston Globe reporter Stephanie Stoughton, will discuss her recent article, Log On, Find Love.

April

  • 23-Apr Conference Zittrain Harvard hosts the nation's attorneys general for the 2001 National Association of Attorneys General Internet Law Institute

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

Wendy Koslow and Jake Shapiro join the Berkman Staff

December

  • Sem. Int. Wikipedia launches the first public, collaborative encyclopedia

2002

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

Food for Thought Dinners initiated at this event

December

  • Faculty Palfrey John Palfrey named Berkman Center Executive Director
  • Faculty Fisher William Fisher named Faculty Director of the Berkman Center


2003

January

  • January Fellow Zuckerman Ethan Zuckerman named Berkman Fellow

February

March

April

May

June

July

  • Summer Doctoral Programme @ Oxford

August

September

October

  • 4-5-Oct Conference Winer Distinguished blogger and Berkman fellow Dave Winer hosts BloggerCon I . It popularizes the 'unconference' model for event structure, in which the participants shape and drive conference meetings and discussions. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BloggerCon
  • Article Zittrain The Copyright Cuffs

November

  • Harvard-Yale Cyberscholars

December

  • Winer Dave Winer named Berkman Fellow (Berkman Weblogs)

2004

January

February

March

April

  • 17-Apr Conference Winer Dave Winer and the Berkman Center host BloggerCon II

May

June

District Court issues order in Alaujan case: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/clinical/capitol/6-02-04order.pdf

July

August

September

October

November

December

  • Project Zuckerman, MacKinnon Berkman Fellows Ethan Zuckerman and Rebecca MacKinnon launch international news-blog aggregator Global Voices Online

2005

January

  • Project Gillmor Berkman Fellow Dan Gillmor founds the Center for Citizen Media http://citmedia.org/

February

March

April

  • 8-Apr Conference Berkman repeats its earlier success with Signal/Noise II http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/sn/
  • Testimony John Palfrey, Nart Villeneuve, Derek Bambauer testify on behalf of OpenNet Initiative before U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Committee in Washington, DC, on China's Internet filtering - debut of ONI China country report

May

June

July

August

September

  • Staff Maclay Berkman Fellow Colin Maclay named Berkman Center Managing Director
  • Faculty Zittrain Jonathan Zittrain appointed to the Oxford University Chair of Internet Governance and Regulation

October

November

December

  • Chapter Palfrey "Holding Out for an Interoperable DRM Standard,"

Paper MacKinnon Blogging, Journalism, and Credibility http://cyber.law.harvard.edu:8080/webcred/wp-content/webcredfinalpdf_01.pdf

2006

January

  • 30-Jan Speech Fisher In Rome, Terry Fisher delivers his speech, "The Future Digital Economy: Digital Content - Creation, Distribution, and Access"
  • January Project Zittrain, Palfrey With support from Google, Lenovo, and Sun, the Berkman Center launches StopBadware.org http://stopbadware.org/

February

  • 15-Feb Gov Palfrey John Palfrey testifies before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations regarding Chinese Internet filtering

March

April

May

  • 12-May Conference Beyond Broadcast

June

July

August

September

  • 12-Sep Berkman Nesson Harvard Law School offers "CyberOne: Law in the Court of Public Opinion," the first Harvard University course available in Second Life
  • 26-Sep Gov Fisher William Fisher testifies before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness regarding online file sharing by students

October

November

December

  • Faculty Zittrain Jonathan Zittrain named Berkman Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies

2007

January

February

  • 24-Feb Conference Beyond Broadcast 2007

March

April

May

  • 18-May Conference Palfrey, Zittrain OpenNet Initiative hosts its first public conference at Oxford to discuss the results of its research and map the ONI's future
  • 31-May Conference Berkman hosts the 6th Havard Conference on Internet & Soicety (IS2k7), discussing the new role of the university http://www.is2k7.org/

June

  • Faculty Benkler Yochai Benkler becomes the Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal

Studies at Harvard Law School and Berkman Faculty Co-Director http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/home/home?wid=10&func=viewSubmission&sid=2754

July

  • Summer Doctoral Programme
  • Internet as a Public Good (w/ Mozilla, HBS)

August

September

October

November

December

Pointers - need dates, more flesh

From SJ: Global Voices Manifesto, put on wiki and translated to 20 (?) different languages within short period of time. http://www.globalvoicesonline.org/wiki/article/Global_Voices_Manifesto_0.2

From SJ: Cyberlaw Class - 1st to have classmembers work off of a wiki/in a wiki?

When did the clinical program start?!