Robotic Surveillance: Authorship or Intrusion? (1/28); Defending an Unowned Internet (2/3); Net Governance and the Future (2/4)

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Robotic Surveillance: Authorship or Intrusion?

Tuesday, January 28, 12:30pm ET, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Floor. This event will be webcast live.


Robots will use surveillance for locomotion, communication, and for marketing. As robots are adopted for personal use, private third-party surveillance will expand to new locations and scenarios. This project explores how the pending increase in robotic surveillance poses new questions for U.S. privacy law, particularly the application of privacy torts. Some robotic surveillance will be necessary, some will be superfluous, and some will be deliberately intrusive. Some will be automatic, while some will depend on a robot's deliberate decisions. Is it possible--or desirable--to craft meaningful laws or guidelines before widespread private adoption of robots?

Margot E. Kaminski is a Research Scholar in Law, Executive Director of the Information Society Project, and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. She is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School and a former fellow of the Information Society Project. RSVP Required. more information on our website>


Cyberscholar Working Group at Yale

Wednesday, January 29, 6:00pm ET, Yale Law School, 40 Ashmun St., Room A436. New Haven (Please note this is not in the main Yale Law School building)

The Cyberscholar Working Group is a forum for fellows and affiliates of MIT, Yale Law School Information Society Project, Columbia University, and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University to discuss their ongoing research.

This month's presentations include: (1) Balancing Remedies with Notice in the Enforcement of Copyright Licenses; (2) Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources and Intellectual Property Rights: An Agenda for Global Justice in the context of Nagoya Protocol; (3) Copyright and Data-sharing Policies and the Market for Cartographic Information. more information on our website>

special event

Defending an Unowned Internet

Monday, February 3, 5:00pm ET, Milstein East B (Room 2036), Wasserstein Hall, Harvard Law School. Free and Open to the Public.


In the wake of the disclosures about government surveillance and the rise of corporate-run applications and protocols, is the idea of an "unowned" Internet still a credible one? The Berkman Center for Internet & Society is pleased to invite the community to a panel discussion on February 3rd, 2014 that will address this question as well as explore the potential for reforms in policy, technology, and corporate and consumer behavior.

Panelists will include: Yochai Benkler, Berkman Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School; Ebele Okobi, Global Head and Senior Legal Director for Human Rights, Yahoo!; Bruce Schneier, CTO of CO3 Systems and Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.; Benjamin Wittes, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Editor in Chief of Lawfare; Jonathan Zittrain, Co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, will moderate the discussion. RSVP Required. more information on our website>

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2014 High-Level Conferences on ICT and the Internet: What Do They Mean for the Internet As We Know It?

Tuesday, February 4, 12:30pm ET, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Floor. This event will be webcast live.


In October, President of Brazil Dilma Roussef announced a high-level meeting on Internet governance to be held in April in Rio de Janeiro. ITU will have not one, not two, but three international meetings, and will be tackling Internet issues. As governments initiate talks about policies with regards to who controls the Internet, Veni Markovski will explore how the 2014 landscape of Internet governance may change.

In September 1990, Veni Markovski started his work on the Internet as a system operator of the first Sofia-based bulletin-board system, part of FidoNet. In 1993 Mr. Markovski partnered with another Bulgarian Internet pioneer, Dimitar (Mitko) Ganchev, to form, the second Bulgarian Internet Service Provider in history. Veni Markovski was President and CEO of for nine years. The two owners sold the company successfully in 2008 to an international investment fund. In 1995, he co-founded the Bulgarian Internet Society, a non-profit, of which he serves still as President and chairman of the Board. In March 2002, Mr. Markovski was appointed as the Chairman of the Bulgarian President's IT Advisory Council, a position he held until the President stepped down from office at the end of his second term on January 22, 2012. RSVP Required. more information on our website>


The First Year of HarvardX: Research Findings to Inform the Future of Online Learning


During the 2012-2013 academic year HarvardX launched six courses on edX, an online learning platform jointly founded by Harvard and MIT. In addition to expanding access to knowledge and improving residential education, one of the underlying goals of of the enterprise was to advance research on learning. To that end, on January 21st, the HarvardX research team and MIT's Office of Digital Learning, will release a series of course reports detailing research findings that cut across the enterprise and drill deeply into the nuances of particular courses. In this talk, affiliates from HarvardX will discuss the reports, with particular emphasis on the six courses created and taught by faculty from schools and departments across the University. Based upon data from 400,000 registrants, the researchers will explore the influence of diverse teaching approaches and instructional platforms, highlight the various learning goals of students, and delve into activity, persistence, and performance metrics that go beyond simple measures of attrition and completion. The aim is to provide a critical research-informed perspective on MOOCs and other online learning endeavors and inspire discussion about the limitations of online learning and possibilities for innovation in coming years. video/audio on HGSE's website>

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January 22, 2014