The intersection of big data, artificial intelligence, and our always-on world has created interesting moral, ethical, and potentially legal issues, said Jonathan Zittrain, who believes that the relatively neutral ground of universities is a good place to sort that out. Zittrain is director and faculty chair of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. File photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer
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This means that if you use your laptop to rip a DVD movie, your computer could be seized or even destroyed by authorities, Vivek Krishnamurthy, a cyberlaw instructor at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, told me over the phone. Even more importantly, he said, security researchers—experts who hack cars and other consumer goods to make sure hardware and software is secure—could be prevented from doing their jobs.
Dubbing 2015 the “Year of the Podcast,” panelists at a Berkman Center for Internet and Society lunch discussion pulled back the curtain on the history of the digital media form and discussed its future. Titled “State of the Podcast,” the panel is one of many events under the umbrella of HUBweek, a weeklong series sponsored by Harvard, MIT, The Boston Globe, and Massachusetts General Hospital.
In the wake of high-profile podcasts such as “Serial” and “Invisibilia,” the once obscure audio storytelling technique has moved to the mainstream.As the selection of podcasts on services like SoundCloud and iTunes continues to expand, the future for the medium looks bright, according to the panelists at the “State of the Podcast 2015” event hosted by Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and HUBweek, co-founded by The Boston Globe.
“Domain names are run by people. There are all kinds of ways it could happen,” said Bruce Schneier, a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. “Maybe someone at Google Domains said, ‘Oh my God! Look what we just did! We can’t do that.’”
“When you lose all basic communications in a disaster, people don’t care about watching YouTube, but they do want to be able to send short text messages and say, ‘I’m trapped in a building,’” said Matthew Pearl, an attorney affiliated with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University who has studied emergency-related communication tools. “The design and resilience of mesh networks allow you to do that quickly and with relative ease.”
“A good Librarian of Congress would have gotten us to a national digitization strategy, and built consensus around it, years before Google came on the scene,” says University of Maryland law professor James Grimmelmann, who has studied the case extensively. “We could have had a much more constructive last decade.” With Isaacson out of contention, other names still circulating include those with technological bents: University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann, who has embraced “innovation” as one of the three pillars of the school’s future; John Palfrey, a former director of Harvard’s Berkman Center on Internet and Society now bringing digital learning to Phillips Academy as its head of school;
A tool that helps identify trends in internet activity through data visualization has been launched by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.Internet Monitor dashboard, a freely accessible tool, aims to improve information for policymakers, researchers, advocates, and user communities working to shape the future of the Internet by helping them understand trends in Internet health and activity through data analysis and visualization. The Dashboard debuted at World Economic Forum meeting in Geneva on September 28.
“Machines are increasingly a form of intelligence approaching a biological level of complexity,” she said. Tufekci, assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, New York Times contributor, and Berkman Center Fellow at Harvard, among other things, is a self-proclaimed “techno-sociologist.” Originally from Turkey, she got her start as a computer programmer. Tufekci soon realized the major implications of computers on our lives and has devoted her career to studying the intersection of technology and society.
A new tool from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University provides users with a snapshot of threats, news chatter, and activity taking place on the Internet at any given time.Launching for free on Monday, the Internet Activity Monitor is a real-time dashboard tracking blackouts, news hits, Internet speeds, and outages across the world.