The Berkman Center enthusiastically shares an article from Faculty
Co-Directors John Palfrey and Jonathan Zittrain on "Better Data for
a Better Internet," published in this month's edition of Science.
The piece explores how current debates and discussions about
Internet policy can be more effectively informed by better data
and research methods.
Decisions about when and how to regulate
activities online will have a profound societal impact. Debates
underlying such decisions touch upon fundamental problems related
to economics, free expression, and privacy. Their outcomes will
influence the structure of the Internet, how data can flow across
it, and who will pay to build and maintain it. Most striking about
these debates are the paucity of data available to guide policy
and the extent to which policymakers ignore the good data we do
Related work from John Palfrey, Jonathan Zittrain, and the Berkman
Center can be found via these resources: