Upcoming Events: Future of Internet Governance (6/4); Caring for Audiences (6/10); Cyberscholar Working Group at Yale (6/11)

June 3, 2014
Upcoming Events / Digital Media
June 4, 2014
online debate

Jonathan Zittrain and L. Gordon Crovitz Debate the Future of Internet Governance

[Today] Wednesday, June 4, 2:30PM ET. This event will be webcast live via Google Hangout.


The recent move by the United States to relinquish its role in the assignment of Internet names and numbers has generated a wide range of predictions for the future of Internet governance. Join Professor Jonathan Zittrain and Wall Street Journal Columnist Gordon Crovitz in a Google Hangout starting at 2:30pm as they debate the impact of ICANN's independence on the Internet and its role in society as an open platform. To join the hangout visit this Google Hangout event page at 2:30pm ET. Video of this debate will be posted after the event.

Background Reading: Jonathan Zittrain in the New Republic: No, Barack Obama Isn't Handing Control of the Internet Over to China; L. Gordon Crovitz in the Wall Street Journal: America's Internet Surrender. join the hangout>

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Caring for Audiences: Building Communities, Design, and Social Movements

Tuesday, June 10, 12:30pm ET, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Floor. This event will be webcast live.


From Ivan: "I am exploring the effects of citizen media and social movements, within the lens of Global Voices coverage and activism, with an eye toward developing future editorial practices. The world is now saturated with media content, and attention is scarce almost everywhere. The fact of saturation and the ease of production does not mean equitable access to attention, even for important and worthwhile content. What we call the caring problem for audiences is not a determined fact, but also of building communities, language choices, design, and social media tactics."

Ivan Sigal is the Executive Director of Global Voices, an online citizen media network that amplifies unheard stories and perspectives, originally founded at the Berkman Center. He designs and creates media projects around the world with a focus on networked communities, conflict, development, and humanitarian disasters. He was a Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, writing about digital media technologies and their effect on conflict. He also held many positions over a 10-year period at Internews, working on dozens of media projects across the former Soviet Union and Asia, on topics such as conflict, transitional societies, humanitarian information, broadcast and Internet media infrastructure, and freedom of expression. RSVP Required. more information on our website>


Cyberscholar Working Group at Yale

Wednesday, June 11, 4:00pm ET, Yale Information Society Project

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.. Each session is focused on the peer review and discussion of current projects submitted by a presenter. Meeting alternatively at Harvard, MIT, Yale, the working group aims to expand the shared knowledge of young scholars by bringing together these preeminent centers of thought on issues confronting the information age. Discussion sessions are designed to facilitate advancements in the individual research of presenters and in turn encourage exposure among the participants to the multi-disciplinary features of the issues addressed by their own work. This month's presentations include:

(1) "Five Algorithmic Cultures and Their Ontologies: A Performative Critique" with Esteve Sanz, Thomson Reuters Fellow at the Information Society Project of the Yale Law School; and (2) "Social Patterns of Digital Thanks, Acknowledgment, and Attribution" with Nathan Matias, a PhD student at the MIT Media Lab. more information on our website>

berkman luncheon series

Going Home? The immigrant experience through film

Tuesday, June 17, 12:30pm ET, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Floor. This event will be webcast live.


The documentary film Home focuses on Victor Sossi, a European immigrant who has lived in North America for several decades. His nephew Dino traveled to Europe to discover the reason why he has never returned.

Home focuses on the tension between a younger generation's need for self-discovery and an older generation's wish to move on. Shot throughout Europe and North America, Home explores issues of personal identity, memory and collective grief.

The screening of this rough cut for the Berkman Luncheon Series will involve a Q&A with the filmmaker and an opportunity for audience members to provide feedback for this work-in-progress. For more information, please visit http://www.TheHomeFilm.com

Dino Sossi has produced media for AOL, CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes,” CNN, The New York Times and VH1 at Viacom. His documentary films have screened at festivals in New York and Los Angeles as well as Berkeley, Cambridge, Columbia, Harvard, Oxford and Pennsylvania. Dino’s work has been broadcast on CBC, CTV, DiscoveryUSA, Globe & Mail, IFC, Life, MTV Canada, MuchMoreMusic, One, Pridevision and PrimeTV. His digital storytelling has been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. RSVP Required. more information on our website>


Dalia Othman on Post Arab Revolutions: What Social Media is Telling Us


It is undeniable that social media played a role in recent revolutions across the Arab world. But it is harder to identify the relationships between different actors on and off social media, and the flow of information about the revolutions. In this talk Dalia Othman -- Berkman Fellow and Visiting Scholar at MIT's Center for Civic Media -- discusses the initial findings of ongoing research being conducted on the Arab Blogosphere and Twitter maps from various countries in the region. video/audio on our website>

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June 4, 2014