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Berkman Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Announcement of 2007-2008 Fellows

Cambridge, MA – The beginning of classes at Harvard Law School marks not just the start of the new academic year, but also the 10th anniversary of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.  Over the course of the past decade, the Berkman Center has been home to many of the brightest minds in law, technology, and social science, as well as leading entrepreneurs and activists, and this year’s class of fellows sets a new standard.

“This collection of research and faculty fellows represents the largest and most accomplished group that the Berkman Center has assembled over the past decade,” said Executive Director John Palfrey.  “What better way to celebrate our anniversary and past accomplishments, than by gathering a team that will build upon the Berkman Center’s history of looking around corners to the next decade’s issues and developments in cyberspace.”

For some fellows it is an opportunity to further their current work or incubate their developments, while for others their expertise is applied to the growing list of groundbreaking Berkman projects.  Perhaps most importantly, they join a dynamic community of past fellows, faculty, students, and staff that is dedicated to scholarship with impact.

Members of the incoming group include:
• Leading academics in youth and social networking technology;
• Professors from Harvard, MIT, UC Berkeley School of Law – Boalt Hall, University of Washington, and Vermont School of Law;
• Experts from the Free/Open Software community;
• Renowned legal scholars in the fields of intellectual property, interoperability, open access, citizen media, and more;
• And pioneers in the world of new media and technology. 

They join the prestigious group of existing interdisciplinary activists already calling the Berkman Center home, including: David Ardia, Michael Best, John Clippinger, Urs Gasser, Dan Gillmor, Lewis Hyde, Gene Koo, Mary Rundle, Doc Searls, Wendy Seltzer, Jake Shapiro, Jimmy Wales, Stephanie Wang, David Weinberger, and Ethan Zuckerman.

In alphabetical order, the new 2007-2008 Berkman fellows include: 

Sam Bayard joins the Citizen Media Law Project after completing his LL.M. in Cairo.  The graduate from Cornell Law School also brings his experience as a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York to the burgeoning project.

danah boyd is a doctoral candidate at the UC Berkeley School of Information, a blogger, and a leading researcher in how American youth engage in networked publics like MySpace and Facebook.

Chris Conley, a recent graduate of Harvard Law School, also holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and will apply all of these disciplines as a member of the OpenNet Initiative.

Corinna di Gennaro comes to the Berkman Center by way of the Annenberg Center at USC, Oxford University, and the Oxford Internet Institute, which have all led to her current work on civic and political engagement, youth, and new media.

Judith Donath is a faculty fellow from MIT, where she is an Associate Professor at the MIT Media Lab. Judith focuses on the social side of computing: she develops analytical methods for understanding the relationship between technology design and social behavior, and she creates innovative social tools and interfaces. 

 Melanie Dulong de Rosnay is a legal scholar who recently served as legal counsel for Creative Commons France and is a doctoral candidate at the Administrative Science Studies and Research Center (CERSA) in Paris.  Melanie will focus her efforts on the eIFL project, which seeks to provide access to vast electronic libraries to transitional and developing countries.

 Oliver Goodenough, in addition to being a Berkman Faculty Fellow, is a Professor of Law at Vermont Law School and an Adjunct Professor at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.  He has been in legal practice for over 25 years and has researched extensively the intersection of cognitive science and intellectual property, as well as the digitizing of government-business interactions.

 Shenja van der Graaf is a leading scholar in the economic and social developments of virtual worlds, whose academic travels have taken her to Utrecht University, Leiden University, Comparative Media Studies at MIT, the Oxford Internet Institute, and most recently the London School of Economics.

 Beth Kolko is a faculty fellow from the University of Washington, where she is director of the Design for Digital Inclusion research group and heads the Central Asia ICT research project.  Beth has researched technology and communication for nearly two decades and is currently focused on international patterns of technology adoption and adaptation. 

 Karim Lakhani is a faculty fellow from just across the Charles River at Harvard Business School.  Karim’s research centers on the emergence of open source software communities, their unique innovation, and product development models.

 Renee Lloyd, Clinical Fellow and Assistant Director of the Berkman Clinical Program in Cyberlaw, has a rich background in licensing, transactional, and technology law in two major law firms, in-house as senior corporate counsel at RSA Security, and as associate director of technology transactions at Harvard’s Office of Technology Development.

 David Russcol, a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, will be working on both interoperability and citizen media issues during his time at the Berkman Center.

 Dena Sacco has been a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School since 2005, teaching in the First Year Legal Research and Writing program and in the Graduate Program.  Before teaching, Dena served as Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice and then for six years as a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston, where she specialized in child exploitation cases.  She brings her extensive experience to help direct the Berkman Clinical Program in Cyberlaw.

Pam Samuelson is the Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law at the UC Berkeley School of Law – Boalt Hall, director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, and a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School.  In addition to her course instruction on copyright and copyright reform, she will also be a faculty fellow at the Berkman Center.

Eric von Hippel is T. Wilson Professor of Management at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and recently authored the acclaimed Democratizing Innovation.  As a faculty fellow he will focus on how government policies can or should be modified to support the innovation enabled by the Internet.


About the Berkman Center:
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School is proud to celebrate its tenth year as a research program founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development.  Founded in 1997, through a generous gift from Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman, the Center is now home to an ever-growing community of faculty, fellows, staff, and affiliates working on projects that span the broad range of intersections between cyberspace, technology, and society.  More information can be found at