Organization & Structure of Open Source Software Development Initiatives

Challenges & Opportunities Concerning Corporate Formation, Nonprofit Status, & Governance for Open Source Projects

A collection of case studies and organizational models for those who manage and participate in open source development initiatives to actively think about the communities they hope to create.

Authored by
  • Christopher Bavitz
  • Kira Hessekiel
  • Dalia Topelson Ritvo

22 Mar 2017

Mar 21 2017 12:00pm to Mar 21 2017 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

The Things of the Internet

with Berkman Klein Fellow, An Xiao” Mina

What sorts of objects do new forms of hardware culture enable, and what role does the internet now play in all steps along the way, from ideation to sales to manufacturing to shipping? How might we now incorporate physical objects into our notions of internet memes? And what does this suggest about the future of object culture more generally?

Mar 10 2017 4:00pm to Mar 10 2017 4:00pm

#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media

with author Cass Sunstein, the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School

In this revealing book, Cass Sunstein, the New York Times bestselling author of Nudge and The World According to Star Wars, shows how today's Internet is driving political fragmentation, polarization, and even extremism—and what can be done about it.

Mar 7 2017 12:00pm to Mar 7 2017 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

Embedded Dangers: Revisiting the Year 2000 Problem and the Politics of Technological Repair

with Dylan Mulvin, Postdoctoral Researcher at MSR New England

What really happened in the Y2K crisis and did it matter? With a growing consensus that the United States is in a state of infrastructural crisis, the Y2K bug and its aftermath appears as a key moment of imagined collapse. What lessons might this recent crisis provide for demystifying technology and helping populations who are made vulnerable through interdependent technologies?

Open Data Privacy Playbook

Effective data governance is a prerequisite for successful open data programs. This report codifies responsible privacy-protective approaches and processes that could be adopted by cities and other government organizations that are publicly releasing data.

27 Feb 2017

Feb 23 2017 12:00pm to Feb 23 2017 12:00pm

Digital Health @ Harvard | Brown Bag Lunch Series

Public Health Echo Chambers in a Time of Mistrust & Misinformation - Digital Health @ Harvard, February 2017

with Berkman Klein fellows Natalie Gyenes and Brittany Seymour

Research shows that public health information networks online have been largely unsuccessful in driving an evidence-based information network narrative around key health topics. This may be attributed to digital echo chambers - where audiences form homophilic digital information networks, reinforcing opportunities for selecting information that conforms to pre-existing beliefs, and making it difficult to disseminate evidence-based health information. We invite you to take part in a round table discussion, brainstorming together how we can support innovation and new online communication strategies for public health.

Feb 14 2017 12:00pm to Feb 14 2017 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

Hyperloop Law: Autonomy, Infrastructure, and Transportation Startups

featuring General Counsel of Hyperloop One, Marvin Ammori

The future of transportation may include Google's autonomous vehicles, Uber's flying cars, and Amazon's delivery drones--all bound together by a high-speed hyperloop backbone. You may not be able to take a hyperloop flight until at least 2020, but lawyers and governments are already working out the new legal framework necessary for a high-speed, safe, sustainable new network. Join the general counsel of Hyperloop One to learn more...

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