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Berkman Center Announces 2013-2014 Community

Cambridge, MA - The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University today announced the fellows, faculty associates, and affiliates who will join the community in the 2013-2014 academic year, continuing a tradition of providing a home for some of the most incisive minds in law, technology, and social science, alongside path-breaking entrepreneurs and activists.

“Our incoming community is brimming with vision, talent, and a commitment to understand and drive change across the world, both online and off,” Urs Gasser, Berkman’s Executive Director, said.  “With curiosity, rigor, and friendship, this network will explore and transform our collective knowledge, use, and governance of the Internet and digital technologies.  We are privileged to bring these incredible people together at Berkman in the coming year.”

The diverse class of fellows will work primarily in Cambridge, MA alongside Berkman Directors and staff, and will serve as key instigators within the vibrant research community.  Honoring the networked ethos central to Berkman, faculty associates and affiliates from institutions the world over will actively collaborate with the Berkman community through an array of channels.  These relationships, as well as the countless fruitful engagements with alumni, partners, students, interns, and other colleagues, are fundamental to the Berkman Center’s work and identity, and serve to increase the capacity of the field and generate opportunities for lasting impact.

Joining the community in 2013-2014 as Berkman fellows:

Osman Tolga Aricak, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at Fatih University in Istanbul, will focus his research on cyberbullying among adolescents and will work with the Youth and Media Project as a methodologist and statistician.

Axel Arnbak, information law scholar and Ph.D. candidate at University of Amsterdam's Institute for Information Law (IViR), will analyze U.S. and E.U. cybersecurity governance models and their interplay with communications freedoms.

Marguerite Avery, Senior Acquisitions Editor at The MIT Press, will focus on seeking out solutions for scholarly publishing to accommodate the changing needs of scholars, primarily around the issues of truly digital content in its many formats and publishing models for open access.

Allen Bargfrede, Executive Director of Rethink Music at Berklee College of Music, will continue his work on the development of new business models for music and will examine the impact of policy changes on creative industries.

Gerrit Beger, lead of UNICEF's global social media and digital engagement team in New York City, will engage the issue of digital citizenship and safety and will advance sustained digital engagement around children's rights related to their health, protection, and education.

Yang Cao, Associate Professor and Vice Director of Intellectual Property Research Center at Shanghai University of Political Science and Law, will work on cyberspace governance, especially on virtual freedom and justice.

Dan Cohen, Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America, will build out the DPLA, and address the technical, social, and legal challenges that are part of that project.

Aimee Corrigan, Media Producer and Director of Nollywood Workshops, will seek to leverage independent filmmaking as a vehicle for engagement and education in Nigeria and other emerging creative industries, exploring content distribution, transmedia storytelling, and integrated social campaigns.

Kate Darling, Research Specialist at MIT Media Lab, will explore the intersection of law and robotics, in particular the ethical, privacy, and liability issues of increasingly autonomous and socially interactive technologies.

Tim Davies, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southampton and open data research coordinator at the World Wide Web Foundation, will build a research network exploring the emerging impacts of open data in developing countries and the impacts of open data on democratic processes.

Primavera De Filippi, researcher at the CERSA (CNRS / Université Paris II), will investigate the concept of "governance by design" as it relates to cloud computing and peer-to-peer technologies.

Ana Enriquez, a recent graduate from Berkeley Law School, will contribute to the Berkman Center’s efforts to test, incubate, and advance new interdisciplinary methodologies and approaches in teaching and learning.

Camille François, Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Scholar at Columbia University's Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War & Peace Studies, will work on topics ranging from Internet education to cyberwar.

Shane Greenstein, Professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, will further elaborate his research on innovation from the edges and will study slant and bias in Wikipedia.

Peter Hirtle, Senior Policy Advisor at Cornell University, will investigate the impact of contracts and license terms on the public domain.

Chunyang Hu, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication in the School of Journalism at Fudan University, will probe into how social media and micro-blogging  reconfigures relations between states and citizens, and causes shifts in patterns and mechanisms of contentious politics.

Malavika Jayaram, practising lawyer, Ph.D. scholar, and Fellow at the Centre for Internet and Society in Bangalore, will explore the business case for protecting privacy and free speech in India, and the shaping of a multi-stakeholder engagement about digital free will.

Amy Johnson, Ph.D. candidate in the History, Anthropology, and STS program at MIT, will consider, “what happens when online parody is taken (too) seriously?”.

Samuel Klein, entrepreneur and Trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation, will study patterns of knowledge, leagues of extraordinary curators and annotators, and the rise of decentralized creation and education.

Sonia Livingstone, Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at London School of Economics, will be writing her book on “The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age”, based on her work with the Connected Learning Research Network.

Andrew Lowenthal, co-founder and Executive Director of EngageMedia, will examine the efficacy of video distribution technologies and engagement strategies as tools for social change.

Venancio Simao Massingue, the Minister of Science, Technology, & Innovation of the Republic of Mozambique, will focus on developing innovative mechanisms to make the Internet accelerate delivery oriented entrepreneurship among youth.

J. Nathan Matias, a Ph.D. candidate at the MIT Media Lab Center for Civic Media with a background in tech startups and education charities, will investigate cooperation across diversity in civic technology, citizen media, and creative learning.

Dalia Othman, researcher and former Adjunct Professor in digital media at both Bard College- Al-Quds University and Birzeit University in Ramallah, will study the relationship between cyberspace and socio-political activism/mobilization in Palestine and the Middle East

Helen Partridge, Professor in the School of Information Systems at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia, will build upon her ongoing work exploring people’s information experiences in social media.

Bruce Schneier, security technologist and author, will continue to explore the intersection of security, technology, and people -- with a particular emphasis on power.

Hasit Shah, Senior Producer at BBC News, will study the rapid growth and development of digital media in India and its impact on journalism, society, popular culture, political discourse, the economy, and public policy.

Ivan Sigal, Executive Director of Global Voices, will research the impact of shifting information technology preferences on the citizen media communities, focusing on evolving forms of content creation, sharing, news and information production, and storytelling.

Dino Sossi, Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University, will explore the role of digital visual media and online sharing in eliciting student affective response regarding immigration, and will create a digital narrative about the Berkman fellows on the Zeega interactive storytelling platform.

Tricia Wang, a global tech ethnographer and sociologist who advises companies and organizations on utilizing Digital Age ethnographic research methods, will work on her book about the internet in China as an expressive social space in which users uniquely shape their identities in an otherwise rigid society, a phenomenon she calls "the Elastic Self".

Sara M. Watson is writing if/then with John Battelle, an archeology of the future of our data society, expanding on her Oxford Internet Institute research on the personal data interests of the Quantified Self community.

Alexandra Wood will contribute to the Berkman Center’s role in the Privacy Tools for Sharing Research Data project, working to distill key definitional issues, explore new and existing legal and regulatory frameworks, and develop legal instruments that take into account the specific needs of researchers, research subjects, and data, while enabling reliable mechanisms for protecting privacy, transparency, and accountability.

Tsui-Fang Wu, a public prosecutor of Taichung Branch High Prosecutors Office in Taiwan, and Deputy Director of Judges & Prosecutors Training Institute, will explore the balance of privacy protection and internet management in working systems for civil servants, judges, and prosecutors.

Jeffrey R. Young, Senior Editor and writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education, will study massive open online courses, or MOOCs, and how they will change higher education and the very nature of pedagogy.

New faculty associates in 2013-2014 include:
Beth Altringer, Susan Benesch, Ian Bogost, Gabriella Coleman, James Duane, Niva Elkin-Koren, Pushpa Kumar, and Laura Kurgan

New affiliates in 2013-2014 are:
Willow Brugh, Lily Cole, Cheryl Contee, Amalia Deloney, David Eaves, Joshua Gay, Nick Grossman, Amanda Lenhart, Mary Madden, Grant McCracken, Amanda Palmer, Latoya Peterson, Leah Plunkett, Bill Shribman, Ashkan Soltani, Michael Thomas, Baratunde Thurston, Zachary Townsend, and James Tracy

Berkman remains proud of and grateful to the following returning community members who will retain affiliations at Berkman in the coming year.

Returning as fellows:
Maurice Ashley, Matthew Battles, danah boyd, Ryan Budish, Sandra Cortesi, Juan Carlos de Martin, Judith Donath, Bruce Etling, Mayo Fuster Morell, Oliver Goodenough, Eric Gordon, Eszter Hargittai, Jerome Hergueux, Benjamin Mako Hill, Rey Junco, Rosemary Leith, Catharina Maracke, Claire McCarthy, Oluwaseun Odewale, John Palfrey, Justin Reich, Hal Roberts, Andy Sellars, Peter Suber, Alexander Trechsel, Kevin Wallen, and Kit Walsh

Returning as faculty associates:
Mike Ananny, David Ardia, Dalida Maria Benfield, Fernando Bermejo, Michael Best, Herbert Burkert, Beth Coleman, Sasha Costanza-Chock, Jacques De Werra, Dan Gillmor, Alison Head, Lewis Hyde, Beth Kolko, Karim Lakhani, Kevin Lewis, Harry Lewis, Wayne Marshall, Silvio Meira, Carlos Osorio, Intisar Rabb, Joseph Reagle, Nagla Rizk, Geanne Rosenberg, Christian Sandvig, Aaron Shaw, Clay Shirky, Zeynep Tufekci, Eric Von Hippel, Dennis Yi Tenen, and Dorothy Zinberg

Returning as the Fellows Advisory Board:
Wendy Seltzer, Jake Shapiro, David Weinberger, and Ethan Zuckerman

Returning as affiliates:
Kendra Albert, Catherine Bracy, James Burns, June Casey, Ron Deibert, Felipe Heusser, Joichi Ito, John Kelly, Diana Kimball, Leora Kornfeld, Yanni Loukissas, Helmi Noman, Kara Oehler, Eric Osiakwan, Jonathon Penney, Molly Sauter, Jesse Shapins, Elizabeth Stark, and Ben Walker

About the Berkman Center for Internet and Society:
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is 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 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

Rebecca Tabasky

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