Taking their work from their office to the conference room, this Luncheon Series featured Berkman's own StopBadware team members. StopBadware.org is a "Neighborhood Watch" campaign aimed at fighting badware - spyware and other programs that can damage an internet user's computer and lower citizen confidence in the internet itself. The project's goal is to provide reliable, objective information about downloadable applications in order to help consumers to make better choices about what they download. The StopBadware team tests and reports on websites and software suggested by the public, noting as badware those programs that engage in potentially objectionable behaviors without adequately informing the user and seeking their consent.
Christina Olson, Berkman Center fellow and the project manager for StopBadware, led the lunch discussion. She recently graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she worked at the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology as editor-in-chief, technical editor, production editor, and line editor. Christina was joined by the StopBadware staff team.