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A special alert for our community on the latest from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and our tenth anniversary celebration, Berkman@10.


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We are pleased to report that it is neither an over-eager spam filter nor the high price of oil that has been keeping the Filter from making its appointed rounds, but rather the altogether more wonderful phenomenon that is Berkman@10.  In case you've missed our invitations and calls to action, much of the Berkman community has been hard at work putting together a run of scholarship, conversations, and institutional development that (we hope) is nothing short of decennial. From hosting the FCC for its hearings on net neutrality, to gathering with digital activists in Istanbul and chairing a new Internet Safety Technical Task Force, from releasing books including Access Denied, The Future of the Internet--And How to Stop It, and Born Digital (soon), to our tenth anniversary report and brand-new website, we have had a tremendous year.  It began with Yochai Benkler's arrival and a terrifically generous grant from the MacArthur Foundation, and it is gathering steam as we near the main event on May 15-16.  So while we attend to these matters, we wanted (again) to warmly welcome you to follow our collective adventures online, to contact us if you haven't received a Berkman@10 report and would like one, to make nominations for the first-ever Berkman Awards, and, above all, to join us for what will be a monumental (and fun) culminating event on “The Future of the Internet” -- that is, so long as you participate and help us to make it so.

-- Colin Maclay, Managing Director, Berkman Center --

Berkman@10 Conference, Gala, Annual Report, and the Berkman Awards


BERKMAN@10 CONFERENCE: “The Future of the Internet”
May 15-16
Cambridge, MA
*Register now*

The promise of cyberspace is just as great as it was ten years ago, if not greater. Some of the challenges we face in studying it, and in building out into it, have changed; others persist. The culminating event of the Berkman Center’s year-long tenth anniversary celebration, the Berkman@10 Conference on "The Future of the Internet” will offer a chance to reflect critically on the last ten years of the development of the Internet and to look ahead to the crucial questions we face in the next ten years of cyberspace. In tracing the trajectory of the past and attempting to lean into the future, what are the contours of the moment we find ourselves in? What are the most important questions that will propel us into the next decade? Please join us for what promises to be a unique gathering of Internet luminaries, cyberlawyers, entrepreneurs, activists, geeks, media makers and journalists, students, and more.

To find out more, go here
To keep up to date with all of the activities leading up to May 15-16, subscribe to the Berkman@10 RSS feed here


Our confirmed participants include, to name a few:

* Esther Dyson, CEO of Edventure * Michael Fricklas, General Counsel of Viacom * Reed Hundt, former Chairman of the FCC * Josh Marshall, Talking Points Memo * Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia * Yochai Benkler, Berkman Faculty Co-Director, Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, Harvard Law School (HLS) * Terry Fisher, Berkman Faculty Director, WilmerHale Professor of Intellectual Property Law, HLS * Charles Nesson, Berkman Center Co-Founder, William F. Weld Professor of Law, HLS * John Palfrey, Berkman Executive Director, Clinical Professor of Law, HLS * Jonathan Zittrain, Berkman Center Co-Founder, Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Visiting Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies, HLS * Berkman Fellows, past and present * and, hopefully, you

Our agenda will cover a broad range of topics, including but not limited to:

Anonymity, Privacy and Identity: Towards a Bill of User rights * Democratized and Distributed Innovation * Framing the Net: What We Say is What We Get * Going global: The Growing Role of Companies and Informal Processes in Restricting Speech on the Internet * Netizenship: Engaging with Race and Diversity Online * Networked News and Public Discourse * Open Access: Problems of Collective Action and Promises of Civic Engagement * Political Mobilization, the Internet and the 2008 Elections * Technology and Political Transparency * The Dilemma of Games: Moral choice in a Digital World * The Global Internet: Emerging Tech in Emerging Markets * The Musician and the Scientist Write the Code: Protocols for Compensation and Openness * What is settled in the development of internet & society, what do we know is true, what do we agree on?

For more information about these rapidly evolving sessions, and for up-to-date agenda information, go here.


Sponsorship opportunities are available for the May 15-16 conference, as well as for the May 16 gala (details below). Please contact Catherine Bracy for more information.


Are you attending "The Future of the Internet" May 15-16? Help us spread the word to others who would be interested in joining us. Add a Berkman@10 badge to your website or blog and receive $50 off your Berkman@10 conference registration.  Badges are available here


BERKMAN@10 GALA & Awards Ceremony
May 16
Cambridge, MA
*Register now*

On the evening of May 16, the Berkman Center is hosting a gala dinner at which we will present the first-ever Berkman Awards, and more. (Information about the Awards is below.)

Individual plates are $275/person, and tables are available. The dinner will take place at the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square.

Learn more about the Gala



The Berkman Center is currently accepting nominations for the first Berkman Awards.  The Berkman Awards will be presented to people or institutions that have made a significant contribution to the Internet and its impact on society over the past decade.

The primary awardee will receive $50,000, and five smaller awards will be given in specific categories such as: human rights/global advocacy; academic and intellectual leadership; pro bono work; infrastructure/communications tools; arts/culture/media; and news/information/journalism.

There are no conditions placed on how the award money must be spent. Nominations for the award will be accepted from the public until April 11, 2008. To nominate someone for these awards or for more information, go here.



As part of Berkman@10, we produced a special, glossy annual report, complete with a short history of the center, a timeline, profiles of community members, 2006-2007 project overviews, and much more. The creation of the report involved the participation and generous contributions of every corner of Berkman’s network. The report can be downloaded here

Also, while our supply lasts, we’re happy to mail you a hard copy. Request one at here


high points of the Berkman@10 celebration thus far

Out tenth anniversary year has been a busy one.  For a full rundown, visit the Berkman@10 website
Berkman@10 events to date, including our distinguished speaker series, can be browsed here

Here is a handful highlights from 2008:

*February 12, Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) voted in favor of a motion on open access policy.

*In February, we hosted an FCC en banc hearing on broadband network management practices.

*The Berkman Center is heading up a newly formed Internet Safety Technical Task Force comprised of leading Internet businesses and organizations.

*The OpenNet Initiative’s Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering hit the shelves of booksellers everywhere.

*We launched a new Berkman website!


There’s more to come!

*TOMORROW, April 4, at 5:00pm, Cambridge, MA: Lawrence Lessig, Professor at Stanford Law School and Former Berkman Faculty Director, on "Building the Change Congress Movement."

*April 11 at 4:30pm, New York, NY: Book release party for Johnathan Zittrain's The Future of the Internet--And How to Stop It.

*April 18 at 5:00pm, Cambridge, MA: Book release party for Johnathan Zittrain's The Future of the Internet--And How to Stop It.

*May 14 at 6:00pm, Cambridge, MA: Institute of Politics Forum event on “Youth, Civic Engagement, and the 2008 Campaign.”



The Berkman YouTube channel is up and running! The channel will feature selected videos of Berkman events and projects, including a sampling of our Tuesday Luncheon Series.  Check it out here


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