Open Internet Advisory Committee Meeting; Using the Social Web to Gauge Grassroots Sentiment in China ; LOIC Will Tear Us Apart

January 16, 2013
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January 16th, 2013

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Open Internet Advisory Committee Meeting

Thursday, January 17, 10:00am PT, Stanford University, Stanford, CA. This event will be webcast live.

The next meeting of the Committee will take place on January 17, 2013, from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. PST in Paul Brest Hall-East, Stanford University, Munger Graduate Residence, Building 4, 555 Salvatierra Walk, Stanford, CA 94305. At its January 17, 2013 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. The meeting is open to the public and the site is fully accessible to people using wheelchairs or other mobility aids. A live webcast link will be available for viewing and will be posted on the Stanford website. more information on the Stanford website>

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Redefining the Quote: Using the Social Web to Gauge Grassroots Sentiment in China

Tuesday, January 22, 12:30pm ET, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Floor. This event will be webcast live. Co-sponsored by the MIT Center for Civic Media.


In what ways is the Chinese Internet a better source for grassroots Chinese sentiment than traditional quotes and sources? In what ways is it worse? More broadly, what best practices can and should journalists use when mining social media for sentiment? David Wertime is the co-founder and co-editor of Tea Leaf Nation, an English-language online magazine that synthesizes and analyzes Chinese social media. Tea Leaf Nation is a partner site with The Atlantic and has dozens of volunteer contributors. Before founding Tea Leaf Nation, David graduated from Harvard Law School and practiced law in New York and Hong Kong. He first encountered China as a Peace Corps Volunteer, serving in Fuling, China from 2001 to 2003. RSVP Required. more information on our website>

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"LOIC Will Tear Us Apart": The Impact of Tool Design and Media Portrayals in the Success of Activist DDOS Actions

Tuesday, January 29, 12:30pm ET, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Floor. This event will be webcast live.


This talk explores the role of tool design and media coverage in the relative success of Operation Payback and earlier activist Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) actions. Through a close reading of changes in the tool’s interface and functionality over several iterations, the talk considers the evolution of the Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) DDOS tool from one which appealed to a small, inwardly-focused community to one which engaged with a larger population. The talk further considers Anonymous’s contribution to the reframing of DDOS actions from a tool of direct action to a tool of media manipulation and identity construction, as well as the news media’s role in encouraging individuals to participate in the Operation PayBack actions. Molly Sauter is a Berkman Center fellow in addition to being a graduate student in Comparative Media Studies at MIT, and a research assistant at the Center for Civic Media at the Media Lab. Her research is broadly focused on hacker culture, transgressive digital activism, and depictions of technology in the media. Her research is situated in socio-political analyses of technology and technological culture. RSVP Required. more information on our website>

special event

Is School Enough?

Wednesday, January 30, 6:00pm ET, Harvard Law School. Refreshments will be served.

While policy-makers and educational experts try to determine the best “system” for delivering a world-class education to tens of millions of students across the country, many young people are finding their own ways of expressing themselves, pursuing interests, and participating in communities that are both on and offline. Largely unmediated by school and teachers, these young people, without really being aware of it, are connecting how they learn with what they care most about. Too commonly, young people are asked to solve problems in the classroom that have no relationship to the real world or relevance to their lives. Memorization and the measurement of what we know is the final basis for evaluating a students’ success; moreover, it’s the final evaluation of a teacher’s success as well. But in what ways do we ask our students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to something that’s happening in the world outside of it? In what ways do we reward the authentic learning and work that young people do that is not validated and evaluated by our educational institutions? In this highly connected world that is powered by what we need when we need it, is school really enough? Designed for parents and educators inside and out of the classroom, Is School Enough? – a one hour documentary - examines how young people are using everyday tools - including today's digital ones - to explore interests, connect with others, solve problems, and change the world around them. It is a call to action that moves the discourse away from how do we fix schools to how can we support, sustain and galvanize learning by helping students solve problems in their everyday lives. Please join us for a preview screening of the new documentary that will be aired on PBS this spring. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the director, Stephen Brown, and Sierra Goldstein, Urs Gasser, Sandra Cortesi and Rey Junco from Berkman's Youth and Media Lab, and moderated by Berkman fellow Eric Gordon. Additionally, the panel will include youth featured in the film. RSVP Required. more information on our website>


Susan Crawford on Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry & Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age


In the Internet era, a very few companies control our information destiny. In this talk, and in her new book "Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age," Susan Crawford—a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a former special assistant to President Obama for science, technology and innovation policy—demonstrates how deregulatory changes in policy have created a communications crisis in America. The consequences: Tens of millions of Americans are being left behind, people pay too much for too little Internet access, and speeds are slow. But everyday people can change this story—and what happens in the year ahead could change the game for good. video/audio on our website>

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