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Berkman Center Receives $4 Million Gift from MacArthur Foundation

Cambridge, MA - The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School a $4 million gift in support of the Center's second decade. This is the single-largest gift from a foundation in the Berkman Center's history.

"This generous award from the MacArthur Foundation will help us pursue scholarship with impact in the field of Internet studies for years to come," said John Palfrey, Executive Director of the Berkman Center. "We are very proud to have received this award, and we look forward to working with a broad community of scholars, activists, and progressive companies as we continue to build out into the Net and study it as we go."

The MacArthur Foundation has supported the Berkman Center through a series of grants over the past decade, as well as through meaningful substantive involvement in the Center's work. Efforts have ranged from extensive investigation into the emerging digital media ecosystem to empirical study of the rise of state-sponsored Internet filtering and surveillance, and have already led to numerous policy changes, two books, and two spin-off organizations, one non-profit, the other for-profit. The 2007-2008 academic year marks the 10th anniversary of the Berkman Center, and this MacArthur award honors the Center's record of achievement and anchors the Berkman@10 fundraising campaign.

The promise of cyberspace is just as great as it was ten years ago, if not greater. Some of the challenges in studying it, and in building out into it, have changed; others persist. In its second decade as an entrepreneurial non-profit, the Berkman Center and its community will continue to pursue a shared research agenda focused on: Law, Technology, Innovation, and Knowledge; the Relationship between Internet and Civic Activity; and Technology, Law, and Development. This work is made possible through the support of the MacArthur Foundation and the Center's other valued partners and collaborators.


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

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is a private, independent grantmaking institution helping to build a more just and sustainable world. Through the support it provides, the Foundation fosters the development of knowledge, nurtures individual creativity, strengthens institutions, helps improve public policy, and provides information to the public, primarily through support for public interest media. With assets of more than $6.4 billion, the Foundation makes approximately $260 million in grants annually. More information is available at