Harvard Law School and the Berkman Center are pleased to announce the Internet Law Colloquium, a discussion and speaker series launched by professors William Fisher, Charles Nesson, John Palfrey, and Jonathan Zittrain. The colloquium presents topics and papers on current issues and controversies in Internet law. Presenters come from multiple disciplines and offer divergent perspectives on law, technology, and their social implications. Students in the Colloquium will work on original research papers under the guidance of one of the faculty members.
In the 2005 academic year, the Colloquium meets on Wednesdays from 5:00 - 7:00PM in Morgan Courtroom, Austin Hall (third floor). For questions about the Colloquium, please send e-mail to Berkman Fellow Derek Bambauer (dbambaue AT cyber.harvard.edu).
Term Paper Update: The papers for the Colloquium are due 11 May 2005, by 5:00PM. Please e-mail them to Derek Bambauer.
10 November: Professor Terry Fisher leads a discussion of cybercrime. Guest speaker Assistant U.S. Attorney Dena Sacco will speak about her experience prosecuting child pornography cases. Please read this chapter on cybercrime, which is also available in hard copy at the Berkman Center on Monday, November 9.
17 November: BREAK (no meeting)
24 November: BREAK (no meeting)
1 December: The Colloquium will discuss the emergence of Voice telephony over Internet Protocol (VoIP). The focus of this discussion is whether VoIP ought to be regulated in the same way as we've traditionally regulated telephony or differently, perhaps closer to the manner that "internet services" tend to have been treated to date. Please give some thought to framing the hard questions that are facing the FCC Commissioners in the US and their counterparts around the world as they consider what sort of regulatory regime to establish to cover this fast-emerging application and associated technical environment. Please read the following pieces:
16 February 2005: We'll discuss reports from the Internet & Society conference (Votes, Bits & Bytes) based on your response papers. We seek 4 volunteers to present for 3 - 5 minutes and then to lead discussion for 30 minutes each. Please sign up on the Wiki.
16 March 2005: Professor Cass Sunstein will discuss "The Nightmare and the Noble Dream: Extremism and Information Aggregation on the Internet." Please read this document, with particular attention to chapters 2 and 4. Researchers John Horrigan, from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, and Kelly Garrett, from the University of Michigan School of Information, will serve as respondents. Please read their study The Internet and Democratic Debate.
6 April 2005: Eric Priest will discuss his research on "The Future of Music and Movie Piracy in China." His paper examines the piracy problem in China in light of the new challenges and opportunities posed by the Internet, and considers what China's options are for moving forward. It focuses on the merits and demerits of three possible routes China might take--(1) cracking down hard on piracy; (2) proceeding with the status quo (that is, minimal enforcement effort but very gradual improvement); and (3) considering an ACS as an alternative to copyright. There is an additional slot available if someone has research that they would be interested to present.
20 April 2005: The ILC will discuss Internet filtering and censorship, after the release of the OpenNet Initiative's study on China's filtering. Please read the following:
27 April 2005: Professor Michael Carroll will present. Please download and read the articles provided by Prof. Carroll; begin with the Poynder and Johnson articles, then move to the Antelman and NFP pieces, and finish with the news articles.
4 May 2005: Dan Hunter, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at Wharton, will speak on virtual worlds and massively multi-player online games. Please read Lastowka & Hunter, The Laws of the Virtual Worlds (2003) and Castronova, On Virtual Economies (2002). You do not need to spend a lot of time on this piece, but please consider Castronova's assertion in Section III about "An Economic Theory of Games" and be prepared to discuss whether you think his methodology and theory are convincing enough to be worth pursuing further. In addition, please read this order from the Marvel v. NCSoft case.
11 May 2005: Stay tuned, we're planning a great final session that will provide a break from studying!