The Berkman Klein Center's Geek Team provides high-quality technical consultation to the center's faculty, fellows, staff, and interns. But we also aid the work of many external collaborators and partners. We like to work on projects that we know will have a social impact, where the Internet, new technology, and novel data can be leveraged to create a social good. We like to work in any method that will benefit our community — from acting as consultants providing technical recommendations, to full lifecycle design/build/maintain operations. We strive to be experts in our respective fields, leaning heavily on the ability to embrace technologies that are beneficial to the overall health of the technology ecosystem and contribute to the success of the projects we engage in and the communities we engage with. In addition, we work to shape the landscape of emerging and current technology through policy and advocacy efforts with the help of the center's other unique asset, the Cyberlaw Clinic. While the Geeks team is not the first technology consultancy, we are a unique practice within an academic research center.

For more information on the projects we are actively working on, visit the project specific pages below or check out our code on github.

H2O

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, with support from the Harvard Law School Library, has developed a Web-based platform — H2O — for creating, editing, organizing, consuming, and sharing course materials. With this capacity to develop countless customized electronic textbooks, we envision building a corpus of open-source materials available for dynamic use by faculty and students at Harvard and beyond. Piloted with legal casebooks, H2O has been received with broad approval in Professor Jonathan Zittrain’s Torts class, with the planned expansion into a number of additional courses in the 2012-2013 school year.

Herdict

Herdict collects and disseminates real-­time, crowdsourced information about Internet filtering, denial of service attacks, and other blockages. Based at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University, it is the first and only large-­scale project of its kind. When individuals can’t access a site, they can report that experience to Herdict through browser toolbars, e-­mail, Twitter, or Herdict.org. Herdict aggregates this data to create a real-­time map of global Internet health. This data can be sorted and visualized by country, URL, and date, creating a picture of changes as they are happening. As more of peoples’ lives move online, tools like Herdict will become increasingly important.

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. The project helps researchers, advocates, policymakers, and user communities understand trends in Internet health and activity through research, analysis, and data visualization.

Internet Robustness

The Internet Robustness project is developing, testing, and piloting software and protocols such as Amber to safeguard the promise of the URL, or "Uniform Resource Locator": that information placed online can remain there, even amidst network or endpoint disruptions.

Lumen

Lumen collects and studies online content removal requests, providing transparency and supporting analysis of the Web’s takedown “ecology,” in terms of who sends requests, why, and to what ends.

Media Cloud

Media Cloud, a joint project of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and the Center for Civic Media at MIT, is an open source, open data platform that allows researchers to answer complex quantitative and qualitative questions about the content of online media. Using Media Cloud, academic researchers, journalism critics, and interested citizens can examine what media sources cover which stories, what language different media outlets use in conjunction with different stories, and how stories spread from one media outlet to another.
 

Privacy Initiatives

Privacy Tools for Sharing Research Data

Led collaboratively by Harvard University's Center for Research on Computation and Society (CRCS) at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS), and Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, with support from the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program at the National Science Foundation, the Privacy Tools for Sharing Research Data project seeks to develop methods, tools, and policies to further the tremendous value that can come from collecting, analyzing, and sharing data while more fully protecting individual privacy.

TagTeam

TagTeam is an open-source tagging and feed aggregation platform

TagTeam offers users functionality to move tag vocabularies from folksonomies to ontologies, and supports social tagging for group research projects.

Launched in 2012 under the direction of Peter Suber, TagTeam is supported by the Laura & John Arnold Foundation as part of the Berkman-based Harvard Open Access Project (HOAP).