As part of their transparency efforts, Google reports the requests. Lumen, a project of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society (formerly called Chilling Effects), collects and publishes many of these requests. When Google does remove results, it provides a link to the URL where it’s preserved on Lumen, to questionable effect.
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Let’s say, though, that the whole Hippocratic oath thing doesn’t work out. What are we really looking at? A next-generation consumer advocacy battle, one in which a victory depends not on class action lawsuits or government oversight but on popular awareness and education. The ultimate goal would be getting consumers to “vote with their feet,” says Vivek Krishnamurthy, clinical instructor at Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic. He cites the digital civil liberties groups’ attempts to create a “nutrition label” for privacy. Indeed, Harris believes in “public awareness first,” more than a possibly nebulous oath.
“There is really no risk to to sharing it,” Rey Junco, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, told NBC News.It doesn’t take that much effort to copy, paste and share something. If it turns out to be false, there are no negative consequences (aside from annoying your friends). If it’s true, you get money from Zuckerberg.
Bruce Schneier, the Chief Technology Officer at www.resilientsystems.com also pointed at media as a source of misperception “The news has to report terrorism – and the more breathless the reporting, the better,” Schneier, a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center, told The Media Line. The more journalists and politicians talk about terror the more the perception of its danger grows, he said, adding “we are all complicit in its effectiveness.”
This shift has long been predicted – for example by Jonathan Zittrain in his book The Future of the Internet – and How to Stop It,
Don’t feel too bad if you fell for it. There are perfectly legit reasons why you and lots of others have, according to one expert. There’s lack of tech savvy, a little laziness, and a bit of paranoia at play, says Rey Junco, a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard. On top of that, everyone has a different level of “ego investment,” Junco said.
That, says Judith Donath, a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society who studies social media and identity, is a real problem for young people.”There’s an enormous audience on social media, but it’s also when you see people face-to-face, you might see five people have heard something you know, thats basically the limit,” Donath said. “Online, it can extend in an infinite direction in both time and space.”
“The lack of that data had a significant effect on how people viewed the law enforcement system in this country, how do you hold that system accountable if you don’t know what it’s doing?” said Clarence Wardell, a Presidential Innovation Fellow and affiliate of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
Mr. Battles’s “Palimpsest: A History of the Written Word” is in part an explanation of how it was possible for “a craft so sophisticated and cognitively demanding to knit itself securely into our quotidian ways.” To tell the story of the history of writing, the author, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, draws on evolutionary psychology, anthropology, linguistics and old-fashioned story telling. This fascinating exploration of the evolution of writing shows how, despite radical technological changes, the practice maintains its atavistic mystery.
Source: The Mystical Writing Pad – WSJ