Meeting of the Open Internet Advisory Committee; Collaborative! Open! Reusable! Executable! ...Science!; Cyberscholars

October 3, 2012
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October 3, 2012

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Meeting of the Open Internet Advisory Committee

Tuesday, October 9, 10am-12pm ET, Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West A Room. This event will be webcast live.

via the FCC: By this Public Notice, the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission”) announces the date, time, and agenda of the next meeting of the Open Internet Advisory Committee (“Committee”). The next meeting of the Committee will take place on October 9, 2012, from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. in Milstein West A at the Wasserstein Hall/Caspersen Student Center, Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138. At its October 9, 2012 meeting, the Committee will consider issues relating to the subject areas of its four working groups—Mobile Broadband, Economic Impacts of Open Internet Frameworks, Specialized Services, and Transparency—as well as other open Internet related issues. A limited amount of time will be available on the agenda for comments from the public. Alternatively, members of the public may send written comments to Daniel Kirschner, Designated Federal Officer of the Committee, or Deborah Broderson, Deputy Designated Federal Officer, at the addresses provided below. more information on our website>

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Collaborative! Open! Reusable! Executable! …Science!

Tuesday, October 9, 12:30pm ET, Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East Room A, 2nd Floor. This event will be webcast live.


Most tools that scientists use for the preparation of scholarly manuscripts, such as Microsoft Word and LaTeX, function offline and do not account for the born-digital nature of research objects. Moreover, most authoring tools in use today are not designed for collaboration, and, as scientific collaborations grow in size, research transparency and the attribution of scholarly credit are at stake. In this roundtable discussion, I will argue that the tools that scientists use to write scholarly papers constitute a first major barrier to Open Science, as they lock content, figures, data, tables in a "coffin", preventing reuse and sharing. At the end of the presentation, I will introduce and demo Authorea, an authoring platform for research papers which adopts the web as its canvas. Authorea manuscripts are living, modular, collaborative web documents with a robust source and versioning control backend. Authorea is a spin-off initiative of Harvard University and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Alberto Pepe is a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University and co-founder of Authorea, a science startup. RSVP Required. more information on our website>


Cyberscholars Working Group

Wednesday, October 10, 7:00pm ET, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Fl.

Colin Agur, PhD candidate at Columbia University and a Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School, will discuss "India's Mobile Phone Revolution: A Legislative History, 1994-present." Bodó Balázs, an economist, assistant professor, researcher at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, will discuss "Set the fox to watch the geese: voluntary, bottom-up IP regimes in piratical file-sharing communities." RSVP Required. more information on our website>

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DPLA Midwest Conference

October 11-12, Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL. Sessions on October 12th will be webcast live.


DPLA Midwest—taking place on October 11-12, 2012 in Chicago—is the third major public event bringing together librarians, technologists, creators, students, government leaders, and others interested in building a Digital Public Library of America. Convened by the DPLA Secretariat at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and co-hosted by the Chicago Public Library, the event will assemble a wide range of stakeholders in a broad, open forum to facilitate innovation, collaboration, and connections across the DPLA effort. Registration Required. more information on our website>

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From Goods to a Good Life: Intellectual Property and Global Justice

Tuesday, October 16, 12:30pm ET, Harvard Law School. This event will be webcast live.


Most scholarship on intellectual property considers this law from the standpoint of law and economics. Under this conventional wisdom, intellectual property is simply a tool for promoting innovative products, from iPods to R2D2. In this highly original book, Madhavi Sunder calls for a richer understanding of intellectual property law’s effects on social and cultural life. Intellectual property does more than incentivize the production of more goods. This law fundamentally affects the ability of citizens to live a good life. Intellectual property law governs the abilities of human beings to make and share culture, and to profit from this enterprise in a global Knowledge economy. This book turns to social and cultural theory to more fully explore the deep connections between cultural production and human freedom. Madhavi Sunder is a Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law, and is a leading scholar of law and culture. RSVP Required. more information on our website>


Nico A.N.M. van Eijk & Axel Arnbak on Certificate Authority Collapse


While serving as the de facto standard for secure web browsing, in many ways the security of HTTPS is broken. In the long term, a robust technical and policy overhaul must address the systemic weaknesses of HTTPS. Nico van Eijk —Professor of Media and Telecommunications Law and Director of the Institute for Information Law — and Axel Arnbak — a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute for Information Law — discuss policy methods for strengthening the security of HTTPS, using specific examples from Europe and around the world. video/audio on our website>

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