But Patrick Murck, a fellow at Harvard University’s BerkmanKlein Center for Internet & Society, said the Bitfinex plan wasunlikely to survive a legal challenge.”It might be a pyrrhic victory. You might still end up withless money,” said Murck, who is also co-founder of the BitcoinFoundation and its former general counsel, but the “odds arefairly low” that nobody will test it in court.
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“When we take a break from tech, we’re taking a break from our usual social involvement, which is what we typically have done in our vacations before there was tech. We go somewhere where our friends are not, perhaps a place that offers us more solitude,” says David Weinberger by email, fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.
Bruce Schneier, chief technology officer of the IBM security firm Resilient and a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center, also warned of the gravity of such attacks. “This kind of cyber attack targets the very core of our democratic process,” Schneier said in a blog post.
Stubbs started a consulting firm, Romulus Global Issues Management, in 2007 and remains connected to the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.
Says cybersecurity guru Bruce Schneier, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society: “Sony is a company that hackers have loved to hate for 10 years.”
“This is going to be the first of many kinds of legal battles around the platform economy. I’m sure that other companies are going to mount similar kinds of defenses when they’re in regulatory crosshairs,” said Vivek Krishnamurthy, assistant director of the Cyberlaw Clinic at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.
“Facebook is in a position of power,” says Jonathan Zittrain, the director of Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for the Internet and Society. “At some point Facebook will be asked to shut down a live feed to make sure something doesn’t go viral,” he says. The company “needs to be upfront about the decisions it’s making and the pressures under which it’s making them.”
For David Weinberger, a researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center, transparency about affiliate relationships may not be enough. “Transparency is good but not sufficient because the transparency is revealing that the news medium is in fact taking money from the subject of its journalism,” he says. “And perhaps most perniciously it gives large stores with the most generous affiliate relationships an advantage in the market.”
“I think within property law and community-driven laws like noise ordinances, there are plenty of ways that law enforcement can manage day-to-day nuisance issues or other complaints by property owners,” says Nathan Freitas, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.