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Jonathan Zittrain is the George Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at the Harvard Law School Library, and co-founder of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.  His research interests include battles for control of digital property and content, cryptography, electronic privacy, the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture, human computing, and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education.

He performed the first large-scale tests of Internet filtering in China and Saudi Arabia, and as part of the OpenNet Initiative co-edited a series of studies of Internet filtering by national governments: Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering; Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace; and Access Contested: Security, Identity, and Resistance in Asian Cyberspace.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Board of Advisors for Scientific American.  He has served as a Trustee of the Internet Society and as a Forum Fellow of the World Economic Forum, which named him a Young Global Leader. He was a Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the Federal Communications Commission, and previously chaired the FCC’s Open Internet Advisory Committee. His book The Future of the Internet -- And How to Stop It predicted the end of general purpose client computing and the corresponding rise of new gatekeepers.  That and other works may be found at <http://www.jz.org>.


Projects & Tools

AI: Algorithms and Justice

The use of algorithms in the judiciary has already raised significant questions about bias and fairness, and looking ahead the moral questions become even more challenging. More

Assembly

Assembly is a collaboration with the MIT Media Lab that explores different modes of education, collaboration, and development. More

Berklett Cybersecurity

The Berklett Cybersecurity project is a unique forum for discussing true and important, and often novel, facts, and perspectives, and achieving surprising consensus on enduring… More

Internet Monitor

Internet Monitor's aim is to evaluate, describe, and summarize the means, mechanisms, and extent of Internet content controls and Internet activity around the world. More

Internet Robustness

The Internet Robustness project is developing, testing, and piloting software and protocols to safeguard the promise of the URL: that information placed online can remain there. More

Privacy Initiatives

The Berkman Klein Center has long been home to a number of cross-disciplinary initiatives that investigate privacy and privacy-relevant questions in the digitally networked… More

H2O

H2O is a Web-based platform for creating, editing, organizing, consuming, and sharing course materials. More

Herdict

Herdict collects and disseminates real-­time, crowdsourced information about Internet filtering, denial of service attacks, and other blockages. More

StopBadware.org

StopBadware works with its network of partner organizations and individuals to fight back against viruses, spyware, and other badware. More

Digital Media Project (DMP)

The goal of the Digital Media Project is not to advance a simple agenda but instead to help educate stakeholders – government officials, the media, artists, businesspeople, and… More

Global Network Initiative

In partnership with the Center for Democracy and Technology and Business for Social Responsibility, in addition to leading human rights groups, academic institutions, socially… More

Input to ICANN Accountability and Transparency Review Process

The Berkman Center conducted an independent, exploratory study analyzing ICANN’s decision-making processes and communications with stakeholders. More

Internet and Democracy

The Internet and Democracy Project is an initiative that will examine how the Internet influences democratic norms and modes, including its impact on civil society, citizen media,… More

Internet Law Program (iLaw)

Taught by world-renowned experts in the field, the Berkman Klein Center’s Internet Law Program addresses the most pressing cyberlaw issues being debated by lawmakers in the U.S… More

Municipal Fiber Initiative

Fiber optic networks are essential infrastructure for businesses, schools, government offices, and homes. But should your town, city, or municipal electric utility directly build… More

Openlaw

[Berkman Project 2001-2002] Openlaw is an experiment in crafting legal argument in an open forum. More

OpenNet Initiative

A collaborative project between the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto; the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University; and… More


Publications

Friday, Feb 9, 2018

Follow-up Letter to the Members of the Massachusetts Legislature Regarding the Adoption of Actuarial Risk Assessment Tools in the Criminal Justice System

The following open letter — signed by Harvard and MIT-based faculty, staff, and researchers — is directed to the Massachusetts Legislature to inform its consideration of risk… More

Thursday, Nov 9, 2017

An Open Letter to the Members of the Massachusetts Legislature Regarding the Adoption of Actuarial Risk Assessment Tools in the Criminal Justice System

This open letter — signed by Harvard and MIT-based faculty, staff, and researchers— is directed to the Massachusetts Legislature to inform its consideration of risk assessment… More

Thursday, Jun 29, 2017

The Shifting Landscape of Global Internet Censorship

An Uptake in Communications Encryption Is Tempered by Increasing Pressure on Major Platform Providers; Governments Expand Content Restriction Tactics

Documenting the practice of Internet censorship around the world through empirical testing of the availability of the world’s most-trafficked and influential websites. More

Monday, Feb 1, 2016

Don't Panic: Making Progress on the "Going Dark" Debate

This report from the Berkman Center's Berklett Cybersecurity Project offers a new perspective on the "going dark" debate from the discussion, debate, and analyses of an… More

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014

Internet Monitor 2014: Reflections on the Digital World

The Internet Monitor project's second annual report—Internet Monitor 2014: Reflections on the Digital World—is a collection of roughly three dozen short contributions that… More

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Briefing Document: Public Networks for Public Safety

A Workshop on the Present and Future of Mesh Networks

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society is pleased to present this briefing document, which was developed as part of our March 30th workshop on "Public Networks for Public… More

Thursday, Nov 3, 2011

Access Contested: Security, Identity, and Resistance in Asian Cyberspace

"Access Contested: Security, Identity, and Resistance in Asian Cyberspace," edited by Ronald J. Deibert, John G. Palfrey, Rafal Rohozinski and Jonathan Zittrain. More

Thursday, Apr 29, 2010

Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace

"Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace," edited by Ronald J. Deibert, John G. Palfrey, Rafal Rohozinski and Jonathan Zittrain, with a foreword by… More

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008

The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It

Zittrain offers an accessible discussion of the looming problems of an “appliancized” future and provides a set of visionary solutions to help stop it. More

Thursday, Mar 13, 2008

Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering

Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering by, Ronald Deibert (Editor), John G. Palfrey (Editor), Rafal Rohozinski (Editor), Jonathan Zittrain (Editor) More

Friday, Dec 21, 2007

Jurisdiction in Cyberspace (iLaw module)

At its core, jurisdiction is about the boundaries of a sovereign's exercise of its power. What are reasonable constraints on its reach, such that faraway or otherwise unconnected… More

Sunday, Jul 1, 2007

Saving the Internet

Friday, Jun 1, 2007

Saving the Internet

Cyberspace can be made safer from the chaos and crime that threaten to overwhelm it. But most recipes for security and order come at a very steep price: the loss of the Internet’s… More

Thursday, May 31, 2007

POLICY COMMENTARY: THE RISE AND FALL OF SYSOPDOM

SUMMARY: ... "Sysop" has gone from a term of art known only to the bleeding-edge few to a dusty anachronism known only to the bleeding-gums few, without the usual years-long… More

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Alternatives to Intellectual Property (iLaw module)

Very few observers of the Internet believe that it can be regulated sensibly through the staples of traditional Intellectual Property law, whether because they doubt its efficacy… More

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Zittrain/Clark Discussion - Transcript of Discussion between D. Clark and J. Zittrain

On the Issue of Domain Names... &nbsp; JZ: This is an industry in which Bill Gates said 64K of memory should be enough--or just under 40K… More

Friday, Mar 30, 2007

Spam Works: Evidence from Stock Touts and Corresponding Market Activity

We assess the impact of spam that touts stocks upon the trading activity of those stocks and sketch how profitable such spamming might be for spammers and how harmful it is to… More

Saturday, Jul 1, 2006

Searches and Seizures in a Networked World

Professor Kerr has published a thorough and careful article on the application of the Fourth Amendment to searches of computers in private hands - a treatment that has previously… More

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

A History of Online Gatekeeping

The bulk of this Article puts together the pieces of that history most relevant to an understanding of the law's historical forbearance, describing a trajectory of gatekeeping… More

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006

The Generative Internet

This Article explores ways - some of them bound to be unpopular among advocates of an open Internet represented by uncompromising end-to-end neutrality - in which the Internet can… More

Sunday, Jul 31, 2005

Jurisdiction

Internet Law Series

This casebook explores Internet Law as a coherent if organic whole — integrating the historical sweep of the global Internet’s development with both the opportunities and problems… More

Sunday, Jul 31, 2005

Technological Complements to Copyright

Internet Law Series

This volume is devoted to exploring the technological, legal, and policy issues arising from widespread unauthorized copying of copyright material. The book explains the history… More

Tuesday, Mar 1, 2005

Amicus Brief: MGM vs. Grokster (Supreme Court Case No. 04-480)

In Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S. 417 (1984), this Court held that the manufacture and distribution of technology that is sometimes used to engage… More

Saturday, Jan 1, 2005

Internet Law Series: Jurisdiction

Internet Law Series: Jurisdiction by, Jonathan L. Zittain More

Saturday, Jan 1, 2005

Internet Law Series: Technological Complements to Copyright

Internet Law Series: Technological Complements to Copyright by, Jonathan L. Zittain More

Wednesday, Nov 10, 2004

Internet Law (forthcoming, Foundation Press) Chapter 17: Cybercrime (preliminary version)

“Cybercrime” is an amorphous field. It refers broadly to any criminal activity that pertains to or is committed through the use of the Internet. More

Saturday, Aug 14, 2004

The Torts Game

Defending Mean Joe Greene

Use this short secondary text with any torts casebook to give your students a demonstration of the practical dimensions to tort law alongside the doctrine they are already… More

Sunday, May 23, 2004

Amicus Brief: Capitol et al v. Noor Alaujan

For the foregoing reasons, amici suggest that the Court to exercise caution in regard to any aggregate treatment of Defendants and to consider reduced awards in light of the… More

Thursday, Jan 8, 2004

Normative Principles for Evaluating Free and Proprietary Software

This article explains the ways in which free and proprietary software are at odds, and offers a framework by which to assess their value - a prerequisite to determining the extent… More

Thursday, Jan 1, 2004

The Torts Game: Defending Mean Joe Green

The Torts Game: Defending Mean Joe Green by, Jonathan Zittain and Jennifer Harrison More

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2003

Be Careful What You Ask For: Reconciling a Global Internet and Local Law

As the Internet becomes part of daily living rather than a place to visit, its rough edges are smoothed and its extremes tamed by sovereigns wanting to protect consumers, prevent… More

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2003

Empirical Analysis of Internet Filtering in China

Data on the methods, scope, and depth of selective barriers to Internet access through Chinese networks. More

Saturday, Mar 1, 2003

Internet Points of Control

The online availability of pornography and unauthorized intellectual property has driven Internet growth while giving rise to efforts to make the Net more regulable. Early efforts… More

Thursday, Feb 24, 2000

What the Publisher Can Teach the Patient: Intellectual Property and Privacy in an Era of Trusted Privication

Individuals have long had the desire but little ability to control the dissemination of personal information about their health.... Technology has so far only made exploitation of… More

Monday, Aug 9, 1999

The Un-Microsoft Un-Remedy: Law Can Prevent the Problem That It Can’t Patch Later

What is the key issue in the Microsoft case? More

Thursday, May 20, 1999

Open Code / Open Content / Open Law: Building a Digital Commons

Strategic Planning Session Paper

The Berkman Center proposed the formation of a legally independent nonprofit entity - a consortium of educational centers to foster the development of open software, open research… More

Wednesday, May 19, 1999

Evaluating the Costs and Benefits of Taxing Internet Commerce

Current tax law makes it difficult to enforce sales taxes on most Internet commerce and has generated considerable policy debate. In this paper we analyze the costs and benefits… More

Wednesday, Jan 1, 1997

The Rise and Fall of Sysopdom

"Sysop" has gone from a term of art known only to the bleeding-edge few to a dusty anachronism known only to the bleeding-gums few, without the usual years-long general linguistic… More


News

The New York Times
Sunday, Jun 3, 2018

From Westworld to Best World for the Internet of Things

"While procrastination around security has been vital to the expansion of the internet, 'later' doesn’t mean 'never,'" explains Jonathan Zittrain in this NY Times opinion. "We can… More

Medium
Monday, May 15, 2017

Some starting questions around pervasive autonomous systems

Jonathan Zittrain defines some of the cross-cutting questions arising from the mainstreaming of applied artificial intelligence More

Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015

When Forgetting Isn’t Best

Professor Jonathan Zittrain on why the Right to be Forgotten is flawed and what can be done about it

For Professor Zittrain, the Right to be Forgotten is a “bad solution to a real problem.”  More

Thursday, Mar 5, 2015

Intelligence² Debate: Should the US Adopt "The Right to be Forgotten?"

featuring Berkman Co-founder Jonathan Zittrain

Berkman Co-founder Jonathan Zittrain and former Berkman fellow Andrew McLaughlin join public radio's Intelligence Squared US for a debate on the European Union's "Right to be… More

Friday, Apr 18, 2014

Berkman Center announces leadership transition

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society has announced a significant leadership transition as Professor William (Terry) Fisher steps down after 12 years as Chair of the Board of… More

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013

New HLS Library Academic Technology Project Manager Position -- Apply Now

The HLS library is moving toward a dynamic and collaborative relationship with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society with the announcement of two new project manager positions… More

Thursday, Jun 6, 2013

Former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Berkman's Jonathan Zittrain Propose Testing an Emergency Ad Hoc Network in Boston

In today's MIT Technology Review, Former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Berkman Center Director Jonathan Zittrain make a pitch for private networks to aid public safety. More

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Today: Open Internet Advisory Committee Meeting (Webcast at 10:30AM EDT)

The Open Internet Advisory Committee will consider issues relating to the subject areas of its four working groups—Mobile Broadband, Economic Impacts of Open Internet Frameworks,… More

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013

Symposium at HLS marks launch of global network of interdisciplinary centers focused on the Internet and society

On Dec. 6-8, 2012, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, together with seven international co-organizers, hosted a symposium at Harvard Law School titled Internet-Driven… More

Thursday, Nov 29, 2012

GO ASK A.L.I.C.E: Turing Tests, Parlor Games, & Chatterbots

Special panel discussion taking place tonight! 11/29 at 5:30pm ET at Harvard University More

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Berkman Director Jonathan Zittrain appointed Chair of the FCC's Open Internet Advisory Committee

Congratulations to Berkman Director Jonathan Zittrain, who has been named Chair of the FCC's Open Internet Advisory Committee (OIAC) this past week. More

Friday, Dec 2, 2011

Better Data for a Better Internet

The Berkman Center enthusiastically shares an article from Faculty Co-Directors John Palfrey and Jonathan Zittrain on "Better Data for a Better Internet," published in this month… More

Monday, Nov 14, 2011

John Palfrey's Next Chapter: Onward to the Phillips Academy!

The directors of the Berkman Center wish to extend our warmest congratulations to John Palfrey, our colleague and friend, upon his appointment as the Head of School of the… More

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Announces Jonathan Zittrain as FCC Distinguished Scholar

"Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the appointment of Professor Jonathan Zittrain as the agency’s Distinguished Scholar. He will be based… More

Thursday, May 26, 2011

61st Annual Conference of the International Communication Association

Attending ICA 2011 this week and trying to figure out which sessions to take in? A number of Berkman Center people are also participating in ICA 2011... More

Thursday, Apr 7, 2011

Submit your ideas for a better Internet!

(deadline: April 15)

The new "Ideas for a Better Internet" initiative aims at fostering innovation around the most pressing issues currently facing the Internet. We invite anyone — interested… More

Thursday, Mar 17, 2011

Radio Berkman 175: Lessig and Zittrain Take On...the Kill Switch

This week on Radio Berkman: Professors Lessig and Zittrain discuss turning off the Internet, the "Cybersecurity and Internet Freedom Act of 2011," and more, with Andrew McLaughlin… More

Thursday, Dec 9, 2010

Radio Berkman 171: Wikileaks and the Information Wars

This week on Radio Berkman: Zittrain, Lessig, and the Berkman Center Fellows explore many facets surrounding the Wikileaks imbroglio, including the values of transparency and… More

Thursday, Dec 2, 2010

Radio Berkman 170: Lessig and Zittrain take on... Corruption!

This week on Radio Berkman: With the November elections behind us here in the US Jonathan Zittrain and Lawrence Lessig take on the issue of money in politics, and investigate how… More

Friday, Oct 15, 2010

Radio Berkman 165: Zittrain & Lessig TAKE ON...Net Neutrality!

This week, Radio Berkman rolls out the second episode in a new, special series of conversations between Professor Lessig and Professor Zittrain, and the topic is especially thorny… More

Thursday, Sep 9, 2010

Radio Berkman 162: Lessig & Zittrain Take On...Competition

This week, Radio Berkman returns from summer vacation with a big new episode in which Professors Lessig and Zittrain think through the Microsoft antitrust case and its… More

Wednesday, Sep 8, 2010

Omidyar Network announces grant to Herdict

Grant will be used to build Herdict into a standalone non-profit

The Berkman Center is pleased to share some exciting news: Omidyar Network has announced a planned grant of up to $1.5M to Herdict -- the Berkman Center's crowdsourcing platform… More

Thursday, Jul 1, 2010

Jonathan Zittrain Named Professor of Computer Science in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Jonathan Zittrain, a leading scholar on the legal and policy issues surrounding the Internet, adds to his law school post a joint appointment to the faculty of the Harvard School… More

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009

Keeping an Eye on Iran's Post-Election Protests

Berkman Center people and projects have been paying close attention to the role of the Internet and cell phones in the post-election protests in Iran. More

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Unique Fall 2009 Cyberlaw Clinic & Winter 2010 Course Opportunity with Prof. Zittrain

Professor Zittrain is soliciting applications from students interested in a fall placement at the Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Center in conjunction with his winter-term 2010 … More

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Reflections on ten years of Code

Jonathan Zittrain takes up the "arguments over cyberlibertarianism sparked by the release of [Lessig's] Code [and Other Laws of Cyberspace]" at Cato Unbound... More

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009

Radio Berkman: Restrictions, Connections, Visualizations

This week on Radio Berkman: Jonathan Zittrain and Judith Donath discuss, respectively, Herdict Web and the "Connections" exhibition at the MIT Museum... More

Thursday, Oct 2, 2008

Berkman fall events continue: two special events next week

Next Tuesday we're hosting a book party for "Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness after the Digital Explosion," with the book's three authors, and, on Thursday, a… More

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2008

Shaping the future of privacy

IAAP's Navigate 2008

John Palfrey and Jonathan Zittrain are in New Hampshire this week for a "think-tank retreat" arranged around key privacy issues and questions... More

Friday, Jun 20, 2008

Homeward!

Jonathan Zittrain appointed to tenured faculty position

Jonathan Zittrain has accepted an offer to become a tenured Professor of Law at Harvard Law School! He will continue to serve as a Berkman faculty co-director. Everyone at the… More

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2008

Jonathan Zittrain on the Colbert Report!

Inciting applause for chaos, Professor Zittrain was a guest on the Colbert Report last night to discuss his book, "The Future of the Internet--And How to Stop It." More

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008

JZ in 4D: contending with the future of the Internet

Jonathan Zittrain's whirlwind spring of talks on "The Future of the Internet--And How to Stop It" brought him to Cambridge last Friday evening for discussion of the book and a… More

Monday, Apr 14, 2008

Next Stop: Cambridge

The book is out...and in addition to spreading across the 'Net like wildfire, it is coming to Cambridge! Join us on Friday to hear Jonathan Zittrain talk about The Future of the… More

Monday, Apr 7, 2008

The Future of the Internet--And How to Stop It

Berkman co-founder and faculty co-director Jonathan Zittrain's new book, The Future of the Internet--And How to Stop It, is in stock at Amazon, and Jonathan has been out speaking… More

Thursday, Apr 3, 2008

Communia and iCommons Call for Papers

The deadlines for papers the first ever Commmunia Conference and the iCommons Summit '08 is quickly approaching. More

Friday, Mar 28, 2008

Lessig v. Valenti on the future of intellectual property online

Gather the family, make some popcorn, turn off the TV. As part of the Berkman Center’s ongoing tenth anniversary celebration, Berkman@10, we’re retrieving some classics from our… More

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008

Access (still) Denied

Yesterday, OpenNet Initiative Principal Investigators Ron Deibert, John Palfrey, and Jonathan Zittrain spoke about their book, Access Denied, on Public Radio International's The… More


Community

YouTube

What Does A Tech Positive Future Look Like?

EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn and Harvard's Jonathan Zittrain discuss what a tech-positive future looks like—and how we can get there.

Friday, Jul 27, 2018
Medium

The Supreme Court and Zombie Laws

What happens if the Supreme Court strikes down a law, only to have a later court reverse it?

Monday, Jul 2, 2018
Video

Openness and Oversight of Artificial Intelligence

Jonathan Zittrain, faculty director of the Berkman Klein Center and Professor at Harvard Law School

Jonathan Zittrain discusses the role regulators and oversight groups might play as AI becomes more and more woven into the fabric of society

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017

Courses

Applied Ethical and GovernanceChallenges in AI - Spring 2019

This course will pursue a cross-disciplinary investigation of the development and deployment of the opaque complex adaptive systems that are increasingly in public and private use. More

Internet & Society: The Technologies and Politics of Control - Spring 2019

This course offers a rigorous introduction to the field of cyberlaw. More

Torts - Spring 2016

This course explores the American law of torts -- the circumstances and theories under which people owe others money for wrongs they commit -- principally as a vehicle for… More

Rhetoric and Public Discourse – Spring 2015

Some of our questions: What roles do and should intermediaries play in setting our topical agendas and shaping conversations around them? What impact does and can money have in… More

Internet & Society: The Technologies and Politics of Control – Winter 2015

This course offers an intensive introduction to the field of cyberlaw. We will investigate the evolving nature of online architecture and activities, and the ways in which the… More

Contemporary Issues in Foreign Intelligence Gathering - Spring 2014

We will discuss how an intelligence community's activities can be meaningfully communicated to the public while respecting its sources and methods; how agencies might internally… More

Digital Platforms - Spring 2014

The Internet operates in layers, and so does much of the technology that hooks up to it: PCs, mobile phones, tablets. Nearly two decades ago those platforms were conceptually… More

Torts - Spring 2013

This course explores the American law of torts More

Digital Power, Digital Interpretation, Digital Making - Fall 2012

This is a working seminar designed to explore these questions through a cluster of projects designed to cross theorizing with making. More

Cyberlaw and Intellectual Property: Advanced Problem Solving Workshop - Spring 2012

Students in this course will work in teams to solve a series of hard problems related to cyberlaw and intellectual property, leveraging the problem-solving methodology of teaching… More

Ideas for a Better Internet - Fall 2011/Winter 2012

This joint Harvard/Stanford interdisciplinary seminar will continue a year-long arc of developing and building ideas for a better internet. More

Torts - Fall 2011

This course explores the American law of torts -- the circumstances and theories under which people owe others money for wrongs they commit -- principally as a vehicle for… More

Cyberlaw: Difficult Problems - Winter 2011

This course will explore difficult problems in cyberlaw, presented by guests who must grapple with them. Guests will include academics, technologists, businesspeople, regulators,… More

Cyberlaw: Difficult Problems Seminar - Fall 2010

This seminar will be a vehicle to explore and evaluate current cutting edge issues in Internet law and policy, with the aim of honing three or four problems for further study in a… More

Difficult Problems in Cyberlaw - Winter 2010

This course, Difficult Problems in Cyberlaw, covers the Global Network Initiative, ubiquitous human computing, the future of Wikipedia, and cybersecurity. More

The Internet: Issues at the Frontiers: Seminar - Spring 2009

This seminar explores frontiers question involving the Internet. Anticipated issues involve innovation, copyright, new uses of the wiki form, prediction markets, democratic… More

Cyberlaw: Difficult Problems - Winter 2009

This course will explore difficult problems in cyberlaw, presented by guests who must grapple with them. Guests will include academics, technologists, businesspeople, regulators,… More

Cyberlaw: Internet Points of Control - Winter 2008

This course examines current legal, political, and technical struggles for control/ownership of the global Internet and its content. More

Cyberlaw: Internet Points of Control - Winter 2007

This course examines current legal, political, and technical struggles for control/ownership of the global Internet and its content. Course themes include the interaction between… More

Internet Law 2003: Program of Instruction for Lawyers

The Internet is maturing. With it, the laws and the norms that surround the use of Internet technologies have less of an edgy feel than they did just a few years ago. Yet much of… More

Internet & Society: The Technologies and Politics of Control - Winter 2003

This course examines current legal, political, and technical struggles for control/ownership of the global Internet and its content. The course will draw upon a growing body of… More

Torts - Fall 2002

OFFICE HOURS: Professor Zittrain's office hours are Wednesdays from 2pm to 4pm in Griswold 505. You can sign up for a time on the door or just drop by. More

Internet & Society: The Technologies and Politics of Control - Spring 2002

This course examines current legal, political, and technical struggles for control/ownership of the global Internet and its content. The course will draw upon a growing body of… More

Torts - Fall 2002

Torts - Fall 2002 More

Torts - Fall 2001

Professor Zittrain's Torts Website FALL 2001 EDITION READINGS UPDATE: Professor Zittrain has added three new readings to clarify the issues of wrongful… More

Torts - Fall 2001

Torts - Fall 2001 More

Counsel to the Internet Client: Practical Advice, Strategy and Litigation - Fall 2001

This semester, we will explore the nuts and bolts of advising and defending Internet-related businesses, organizations and individuals. With the help of practicing cyberlawyers… More

Torts - Spring 2001

Torts - Spring 2001 More

Internet & Society: The Technologies and Politics of Control - Fall 2000

This course examines current legal, political, and technical struggles for control/ownership of the global Internet and its content. The course will draw upon a growing body of… More

The Exploding Internet: Building A Global Commons in Cyberspace - Summer 2000

The Exploding Internet: Building A Global Commons in Cyberspace - Summer 2000 More

Internet & Society: The Technologies and Politics of Control - Fall 1999

This course examines current legal, political, and technical struggles for control/ownership of the global Internet and its content. The course will draw upon a growing body of… More

The Law of Cyberspace - Spring 1999

This course will explore a series of leading Internet issues via a number of traditional and not-so-traditional methods. The course themes will include: whether the internet will… More

Internet & Society: The Technologies and Politics of Control - Fall 1998

This course will explore a series of leading Internet issues via a number of traditional and not-so-traditional methods. Course themes will include: whether the Internet will… More

The Microsoft Case - Fall 1998

Professors Lessig and Zittrain will teach a research seminar on the Microsoft case. The seminar will meet at least once a week, beginning the week of 9/21. It will review the… More

The Law of Cyberspace: Social Protocols - Fall 1998

The class will consider the interaction between policy and technology, or more specifically, between law and various architectures of cyberspace. We will cover topics including… More

The High Tech Entrepreneur - Winter 1998

The High Tech Entrepreneur - Winter 1998 More

Torts - Fall 1997

Torts - Fall 1997 More

Internet & Society: The Technologies and Politics of Control - Fall 1997

Internet & Society: The Technologies and Politics of Control - Fall 1997 More

The Law of Cyberspace - Winter 1997

This seminar will explore issues related to the regulation of cyberspace. It is not a course in computer law, or copyright, or intellectual property. It is instead an effort to… More

The Law of Cyberspace - Winter 1997

This seminar will explore issues related to the regulation of cyberspace. More

Torts - Fall 1996

Torts - Fall 1996 More


Events

Sep 18, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Platforms, Politics, and Power

Understanding and Shaping the Internet in 2018

If you’re curious about connecting with our research, our community, or our events, or are just generally interested in digital technologies and their impact on society and the… More

Apr 16, 2018 @ 4:00 PM

Force of Nature

Celebrating 20 Years of the Laws of Cyberspace

Join us as we celebrate 20 years of the Laws of Cyberspace and the ways in which it laid the groundwork for our Center's field of study. More

Feb 2, 2018 @ 3:00 PM

Past, Present, and Future of the Digital Public Library of America

featuring John Bracken, newly appointed executive director of the DPLA, and colleagues

Please join DPLA's new executive director John Bracken and colleagues to reflect on the DPLA’s past, present and future and explore the way in which libraries can contribute to a… More

Oct 27, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

National Security, Privacy, and the Rule of Law

Live webcast at 11-12:30pm at&nbsp;http://200.hls.harvard.edu/natsec While civil libertarians and conventional national… More

Oct 10, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

HUBweek 2017: Programming the Future of AI

Ethics, Governance, and Justice

How do we prepare court systems, judges, lawyers, and defendants to interact with autonomous systems? What are the potential societal costs to human autonomy, dignity, and due… More

Sep 19, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

The Line Between Hate and Debate

featuring Monika Bickert, Facebook’s Head of Global Policy Management in conversation with Professor Jonathan Zittrain

As society figures out what is acceptable and what is harmful, can technology play a role in improving online debate? More

Sep 12, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Technology for the Social Good

featuring Jonathan Zittrain

If you’re interested in connecting with the Berkman Klein Center's research, community, and events, or are just generally interested in digital technologies and their impact on… More

Jun 28, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Jonny Sun and Jonathan Zittrain in conversation

Author of the Book “everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too” by jomny sun (the aliebn)

Join Jonny Sun, the author of the popular Twitter account @jonnysun, for a conversation in celebration of his new book “everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too” by jomny sun (the… More

Mar 23, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Fake News, Concrete Responses

At the Nexus of Law, Technology, and Social Narratives

Join us for a special Harvard Law School-Berkman Klein Fake News Lunch Panel moderated by Martha Minow, Dean of Harvard Law School More

Sep 27, 2016 @ 4:00 PM

Power and Participation in the Networked Public Sphere

with John Palfrey, Yochai Benkler, Intisar Rabb, Zeynep Tufekci, Catherine Bracy, and Jonathan Zittrain

A creative discussion about the impact of the networked public sphere on global events, power dynamics, and our society at large, and how that influence may be changing in years… More

Sep 6, 2016 @ 5:00 PM

Why the Internet Matters

an interactive discussion with Prof. Jonathan Zittrain, Berkman Klein Center Faculty Chair

If you’re interested in connecting with the Berkman Klein Center's research, community, and events, or are just generally interested in digital technologies and their impact on… More

Oct 13, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

"Kill all DRM in the world forever, within a decade" Cory Doctorow

Join science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger, Cory Doctorow in discussion with Jonathan Zittrain

Cory Doctorow joins Jonathan Zittrain in discussion about the work he's doing with EFF to kill all DRM in the world forever, within a decade! More

Apr 7, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

The Black Box Society

With author Frank Pasquale. Moderated by Jonathan Zittrain.

Does the increasing velocity, variety, and volume of data make regulators' jobs harder or easier? Some say we are entering a "golden age of surveillance," enabling perfect… More

Mar 25, 2015 @ 6:00 PM

Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World

With Berkman Fellow, Bruce Schneier. Moderated by Jonathan Zittrain with special guests, Yochai Benkler, Joe Nye, Sara Watson and Melissa Hathaway.

In Data and Goliath, security expert Bruce Schneier offers another path, one that values both security and privacy. He shows us exactly what we can do to reform our government… More

Nov 4, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Privacy, Surveillance, and Rebuilding Trust in Tech

A Conversation with Microsoft GC Brad Smith and Professor Jonathan Zittrain

This discussion will explore the role of law in protecting our rights in the physical world online, the complementary roles of law and technology in achieving this protection, and… More

Oct 30, 2014 @ 3:30 PM

Authorship in the Digital World: How to Make It Thrive

An Authors Alliance event

In order for authors to navigate these turbulent waters, they need to be strategic in their partnerships and careful in contracting. Copyright is supposed to help even authors… More

Oct 28, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data Smart Governance

With Susan Crawford and other special guests

Harvard Law School Visiting Professor and co-director of the Berkman Center Susan Crawford joins Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor of Somerville, MA, Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Chief… More

Oct 10, 2014 @ 2:00 PM

National Security and Cyberthreats

A Conversation with John Carlin, Assistant Attorney General for National Security

Join Assistant Attorney General for National Security HLS alumnus and Heyman Fellow John Carlin, together with moderator Jonathan Zittrain, for a conversation about significant… More

Sep 9, 2014 @ 12:30 PM

Berkman Center 2014-2015 Orientation: Tuesday Luncheon

Learn more about the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and join our community

Learn more about the Berkman Center for Internet & Society -- and its network of researchers, activists, faculty, students, technologists, entrepreneurs, artists, policy makers,… More

Sep 4, 2014 @ 8:45 PM

Berkman Center 2014-2015 Orientation: Internet Policy Symposium

w/ Harvard's Institute of Politics and The Internet Association at the Harvard Kennedy School

Join us for the Internet Policy Conference hosted by Harvard University's Institute of Politics, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and The Internet… More

Jun 4, 2014 @ 2:30 PM

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

Join Professor Jonathan Zittrain and Wall Street Journal Columnist Gordon Crovitz in a Google Hangout debate on the impact of ICANN's independence on the Internet and its role in… More

Apr 8, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Intelligence Gathering and the Unowned Internet

The Berkman Center for Internet and Society is pleased to invite the community to continue the conversation on the future of the unowned Internet on April 8, 2014 with a panel… More

Mar 5, 2014 @ 6:30 PM

US Launch of *impossible*

with special guests Lily Cole, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Rosemary Leith, Jonathan Zittrain, Judith Donath, and Urs Gasser

On March 5, the Berkman Center will celebrate the US launch of *impossible*. Joining us will be Lily Cole, founder of *impossible* and fashion model, actress, and social… More

Feb 3, 2014 @ 5:00 PM

Defending an Unowned Internet

Opportunities for Technology, Policy, and Corporations

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?… More

Apr 4, 2013 @ 6:00 PM

IT, Security, and Power

Bruce Schneier & Jonathan Zittrain in conversation

Feudalism is an apt model for IT today. We pledge our allegiance to service providers, and we expect them to protect us in return. More and more, this security is completely… More

Jan 17, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Open Internet Advisory Committee Meeting

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,… More

Nov 19, 2012 @ 6:00 PM

At the Corner of Hollywood and Web

A conversation + a screening of a new indie movie

Join us for a discussion about the intersection of Hollywood and the Web and the opportunities and challenges filmmakers, actors, producers, and audience members face in an era… More

Jan 17, 2012 @ 6:00 PM

Ideas for a Better Internet Summit

at Stanford University

Stanford Law School, Harvard Law School, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and TEDxSF are pleased to invite you to a special event and reception on the Stanford campus,… More

Nov 21, 2011 @ 6:00 PM

Intellectual Property Strategy

John Palfrey, Berkman Center Faculty Co-Director and Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School + Special Guests

Entrepreneurs, corporate managers and nonprofit administrators should look at intellectual property as a key strategic asset. In his new book, “Intellectual Property Strategy” … More

Sep 22, 2011 @ 9:00 AM

Law School for Digital Journalists

A Pre-Conference of the Online News Association's 2011 Conference

The Online News Association, Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy present Law School for Digital Journalists, part of the… More

Sep 12, 2011 @ 5:00 PM

News and Entertainment in the Digital Age: A Vast Wasteland Revisited

In 1961, Newt Minow – then Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission – delivered a landmark speech to the National Association of Broadcasters on “Television and the… More

Sep 6, 2011 @ 6:30 PM

[September 6] Berkman Center Fall 2011 Open House

Come to the Berkman Center for Internet & Society’s Open House to meet our faculty, fellows, and staff, and to learn about the many ways you can get involved in our dynamic,… More

Jan 18, 2011 @ 6:00 PM

Four Ideas for a Better Internet

At Stanford Law School

Stanford Law School and Harvard Law School are pleased to invite you to a special reception and event on the Stanford campus, featuring four TED-style talks drawn from the… More

Sep 21, 2010 @ 12:00 PM

Hacking the Casebook

The H20 Development Team

Traditional law school casebooks are expensive, bulky and stagnant. With the support of the HLS Library, Berkman has been updating our suite of classroom tools, H2O. In this… More

Sep 7, 2010 @ 6:00 PM

Berkman Center Fall 2010 Open House

Come to our Open House to meet Berkman faculty, fellows, and staff and to learn about the Center's current activities and ways you can get involved... More

Feb 22, 2010 @ 5:30 PM

Minds for Sale

Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society

The Harvard Alumni Association and the Berkman Center invite you to join Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard Law School Professor and Co-Founder of the Berkman Center, for an evening of… More

Feb 8, 2010 @ 6:00 PM

When Countries Collide Online: Internet Spies, Cyberwar, and Government-sponsored Skullduggery

Cliff Stoll and Jonathan Zittrain

With the Internet woven into the fabric of all governmental activities, it's not surprising to find many international espionage agencies shadowing targets online and performing… More

Nov 18, 2009 @ 6:30 PM

Berkman West Celebration featuring Jonathan Zittrain on "Minds for Sale"

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University fondly invites you to attend our third annual celebration of our friends, affiliates and partners on the left coast… More

Jun 16, 2009 @ 6:00 PM

Cluetrain at 10: So How's Utopia Working Out for Ya?

with Berkman Fellows Doc Searls and David Weinberger, and Berkman faculty co-director Jonathan Zittrain

On the tenth anniversary of The Cluetrain Manifesto, how's all that freedom, that cyberutopianism, that Internet exceptionalism working out for you? Harvard Law professor and co… More

Apr 8, 2009 @ 2:00 PM

CouchSurfing: What one website reveals about the future of the net

Daniel Hoffer, Founder of CouchSurfing, interviewed by Jonathan Zittrain

Daniel Hoffer, Founder of CouchSurfing, will be interviewed by Jonathan Zittrain. More

Feb 18, 2009 @ 5:00 PM

Secrecy: Film Screening and Roundtable

Peter Galison, Robb Moss, Jonathan Zittrain, Martha Minow, and Jack Goldsmith

The Berkman Center, Peter Galison, and Robb Moss present a screening of the film "Secrecy," a film about the vast, invisible world of government secrecy, followed by a roundtable… More

Feb 10, 2009 @ 12:30 PM

Herdict: The Verdict of the Herd

Jonathan Zittrain and the Herdict Team

Jonathan Zittrain and the Herdict Team will present Herdict Web, a tool that seeks to gain insight into what users around the world are experiencing in terms of web accessibility. More

Dec 12, 2008 @ 6:30 PM

The Commons: Celebrating accomplishments, discerning futures

Jamie Boyle, Lawrence Lessig, Joi Ito, Molly S. Van Houweling, and Jonathan Zittrain

Creative Commons and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society present "The Commons: Celebrating accomplishments, discerning futures" tonight. More

Oct 9, 2008 @ 7:00 PM

The Uncertain Internet: Core Net Values for the [TBD] Administration

Jonathan Zittrain (Professor, Harvard Law School), Susan Crawford (Professor, University of Michigan Law School), Rich Miner (Mobile Platforms, Google; co-Founder of Android) and Alec Ross (Tech Policy Advisor to Obama)

Now is a critical moment for defining and reinforcing the best features of our communications platforms. What do we value about the internet and what should be the focus of the… More

Sep 9, 2008 @ 1:30 PM

The Future of the Internet in the Coming Year

Professor Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard Law School, Berkman Faculty Co-Director

Jonathan Zittrain led a discussion on the Future of the Internet in the Coming Year. This event was webcasted live at 12:30PM ET. More

Apr 18, 2008 @ 7:00 PM

Berkman Book Release: The Future of the Internet - And How to Stop It (Cambridge, MA)

by Jonathan Zittrain

Jonathan Zittrain discussed his new book, The Future of the Internet - And How to Stop It... More

Apr 11, 2008 @ 6:00 PM

New York City Berkman Book Release: The Future of the Internet--And How to Stop It

Jonathan Zittrain discussed his new book "The Future of the Internet--And How to Stop It" in New York City at the Tribeca Grand Hotel. More

Mar 28, 2008 @ 6:00 PM

It’s 2013: Do You Know Where Your News Is?

Examining scenarios for the future

One of the few areas of agreement among observers of the news environment is that there is much more change to come. In this session we’ll discuss scenarios that illustrate… More

Mar 25, 2008 @ 7:30 PM

Digital Dilemmas: A Multi-stakeholder Response to Internet Censorship and Surveillance

NYU Law Information Law Institute Colloquium, co-sponsored by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School

Participants discussed the role that corporations should play in response to government-mandated Internet censorship and surveillance. More

Mar 14, 2008 @ 7:30 PM

Berkman Book Release: Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering

by Ronald Deibert (Editor), John G. Palfrey (Editor), Rafal Rohozinski (Editor), Jonathan Zittrain (Editor)

The OpenNet Initiative’s new book, Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering, is now on bookshelves. More

Sep 18, 2007 @ 12:30 PM

The Future of Net - One Web Day / Berkman's 10th Anniversary

Wendy Seltzer, Judith Donath, Gene Koo, and Jonathan Zittrain

Berkman Fellows and Faculty Judith Donath, Gene Koo, Wendy Seltzer, and Jonathan Zittrain discuss The Future of the Internet, in celebration of OneWebDay. More

Jul 16, 2007 @ 12:00 AM

The Summer Doctoral Programme (SDP)

The Summer Doctoral Programme (SDP) is a joint effort of the Berkman Center and the Oxford Internet Institute, which provides top doctoral students from around the world with the… More

Apr 25, 2006 @ 12:30 PM

The Future of the Internet - And How to Stop It

Jonathan Zittrain (Special Videocast)

During a Jonathan Zittrain special videocast and lunch discussed his thoughts on how to study and affect the future of the internet using the distributed power of the network… More

Dec 9, 2004 @ 12:00 AM

Internet & Society Conference 2004 (IS2k4): Votes, Bits, and Bytes

The Internet & Society 2004 conference, entitled "Votes, Bits, and Bytes," took place on December 9 - 11, 2004, on the Harvard campus. More

Oct 13, 2004 @ 12:00 AM

Internet Law Colloquium: What Is Cyberlaw?

Internet Law Colloquium: 13 October: Jonathan Zittrain (Harvard Law School) answers the question, "What Is Cyberlaw?" Please read Professor Larry Lessig's article The Law of the… More

Jul 16, 2003 @ 12:30 PM

Free Software

Professor Jonathan Zittrain, Berkman Faculty Director

Professor Jonathan Zittrain on Free Software More

Feb 13, 2003 @ 12:30 PM

Transparency Research

Professor Jonathan Zittrain and Ben Edelman

Berkman Luncheon Series: 2/13/03 - Professor Jonathan Zittrain and Ben Edelman on Transparency Research More

Nov 15, 2000 @ 4:10 AM

The Day the Music Died? Harvard's Policy on Napster and Its Siblings--Past, Present and Future

A Panel Discussion

A Panel Discussion on "The Day the Music Died? Harvard's Policy on Napster and Its Siblings--Past, Present and Future" More