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Technology & the Law

Software, hardware, platforms, and networks are regulated by sometimes conflicting and overlapping sets of laws, policies, and norms. New technologies are constantly creating new frontiers for policymakers trying to understand and balance the costs and benefits to society. Through novel research and discussion across viewpoints and sectors, we seek to understand the complexities at play and help inform policy.

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AGTech Forum

The AGTech Forum provides opportunities for collaborative engagement among state attorneys general, technology companies, academics, and other stakeholders about innovation,… More

Cooperation

The Cooperation Group is an interdisciplinary community of scholars studying networked cooperation. Our current activities include a series of empirical research projects on… More

Digital Finance Initiative

A multitude of technical, legal, policy, and economic issues around digital currencies and blockchain technologies have emerged in recent years. More

Digital Health @ Harvard

The Digital Health @ Harvard collaboration brings together an interdisciplinary community of scholars, researchers, practitioners, and others at Harvard who have an interest and… 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

Interoperability

In early June 2012, Urs Gasser and John Palfrey released Interoperability: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems. The book is inspired by their 2005 study and… More

Lumen

Lumen collects and studies online content removal requests, providing transparency and supporting analysis of the Web’s takedown “ecology." More

Creative Commons

Creative Commons helps you legally share your knowledge and creativity to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world. More

Berkman Briefings

Berkman Briefings is a reading series sponsored by the Berkman Center that provides background information about major questions related to Internet policy, technology, and law. More

Berkman Online Lecture and Discussion (BOLD) Series

We offer computer-mediated seminars through our interactive Berkman Online Lecture and Discussion (BOLD) series. Topics have included intellectual property and privacy on the… More

Cloud Computing

Led by Executive Director and Harvard Law School Professor of Practice, Urs Gasser, the Berkman Center's cloud computing initiative seeks to identify and evaluate the challenges… More

Digital Media Law Project

Founded in 2007 as the "Citizen Media Law Project," the Digital Media Law Project (DMLP) works to ensure that individuals and organizations involved in online journalism and… More

eInnovation and ICT Interoperability

This project aims to achieve a better understanding of interoperability—that is, the ability of entities such as software, devices, or components to exchange information—in the… More

eLangdell : The Legal Ed Commons

eLangdell enables law professors to share valuable teaching resources across a nationwide digital commons. More

Freedom To Teach: Claiming Educational Fair Use

"FREEDOM TO TEACH": The Berkman Center at Harvard University is considering a project that we hope will culminate in the widespread circulation of a Statement of Best Practices… 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 Safety Technical Task Force

The Internet Safety Technical Task Force (ISTTF) is a group of Internet businesses, non-profit organizations, academics, and technology companies that have joined together to… More

Law Lab

The Law Lab is a multidisciplinary research initiative and collaborative network of University, nonprofit and industry partners. Its mission is to investigate and harness the… More

Net Dialogue

The Net Dialogue project strives to encourage greater public access to Net-related rulemaking by intergovernmental organizations, and to engage technologists and policymakers in… More

Open ePolicy Group

We formed the Open ePolicy Group in February 2005 with members from every region of the world to share insights from governments, companies and organizations at the forefront of… More

Openlaw

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

Publius project

The Publius project is a collection of essays and conversations about constitutional moments on the Net. More

Rethink Music

The Berkman Center works in collaboration with Berklee College of Music on a variety of initiatives under the Rethink Music banner, examining the law, policy, and business… More

The Judicial Gatekeeping Project

The seminar's focus is on the "gate-keeping" role of judges. Ever since the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Daubert v. Richardson Merrill-Dow in 1993, questions have… More


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H2O

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


Publications 68

Friday, Jun 1, 2018

Coming in from the Cold: A Safe Harbor from the CFAA and DMCA §1201

A proposal for a statutory safe harbor from the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and DMCA for security research activities. More

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

AGTech Forum Briefing Book: State Attorneys General and Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is already starting to change our lives. Over the coming decades, these new technologies will shape many of our daily interactions and drive dramatic… More

Sunday, Apr 1, 2018

Big Data, Health Law, and Bioethics

This timely, groundbreaking volume explores how law promotes or discourages the use of big data in the health care sphere. More

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

Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018

Community-Owned Fiber Networks: Value Leaders in America

Pricing Review Shows They Provide Least-Expensive Local "Broadband"

Our examination of advertised prices shows that community-owned fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks in the United States generally charge less for entry-level broadband service than… More

Monday, Nov 27, 2017

Accountability of AI Under the Law: The Role of Explanation

The paper reviews current societal, moral, and legal norms around explanations, and then focuses on the different contexts under which an explanation is currently required under… 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, Oct 5, 2017

Zero Rating & Internet Adoption

Workshop Paper & Research Agenda

In March of 2016, a diverse group of stakeholders gathered to discuss the use of zero rating as a means to improve Internet adoption in the developing world and how and when it… More

Thursday, Oct 5, 2017

Enabling Competition & Innovation on a City Fiber Network

The municipally owned fiber-optic network of Ammon, Idaho provides one model for U.S. public entities and policymakers seeking to increase service competition and innovation. More

Monday, Feb 27, 2017

Open Data Privacy Playbook

This report codifies responsible privacy-protective open data approaches and processes that could be adopted by cities and other government organizations. More

Monday, Feb 6, 2017

Citizens Take Charge: Concord, Massachusetts, Builds a Fiber Network

In this case study, the authors describe the municipal smart grid and fiber-to-the-home Internet access project in the town of Concord, Massachusetts, and quantify early paybacks… More

Monday, Feb 6, 2017

Smart Grid Paybacks: The Chattanooga Example

After building a fiber optic network throughout its service territory, the city-owned electric utility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 2010 became the first U.S. company to offer… More

Monday, Dec 12, 2016

Does Public Attention Reduce the Influence of Interest Groups?

Policy Positions on SOPA/PIPA Before and After the Internet Blackout

This paper investigates the role public attention plays in determining the effect that campaign contributions funded by interests groups have on legislators’ policy positions. More

Monday, Sep 26, 2016

Networked Policy Making Avenues: Assessing the Role of Academics in Digital Policy

There are a growing number of examples that point toward a change in the way public policy is made in the digital age. This new context, which we refer to as networked… More

Monday, Sep 12, 2016

Culture Change and Digital Technology: The NYPD under Commissioner William Bratton, 2014-2016

This white paper explores NYPD's adoption of Twitter and an ideation platform called IdeaScale that was aimed at allowing community members to nominate "quality of life" issues… More

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016

WiredWest: a Cooperative of Municipalities Forms to Build a Fiber Optic Network

Western Massachusetts Towns Create a New Model for Last-Mile Connectivity, but a State Agency Delays Approval and Funding

A new case study from the Berkman Center's Municipal Fiber Initiative profiles a group of Western Massachusetts towns who have created a new model for last-mile connectivity. More

Thursday, Apr 14, 2016

Maximizing K-12 Fiber Connectivity Through E-Rate: An Overview

An evaluation of self-construction, dark fiber, and lit fiber options for school districts following recent enhancements to E-rate

This new toolkit provides school system leaders the guidance to understand and leverage the federal E-rate program, which provides up to $3.9 billion annually to subsidize the… More

Monday, Nov 9, 2015

Towards Digital Constitutionalism? Mapping Attempts to Craft an Internet Bill of Rights

The idea of an “Internet Bill of Rights” is by no means a new one: in fact, serious efforts to draft such a document can be traced at least as far back as the mid-1990s. In this… More

Monday, Aug 10, 2015

Designing Successful Governance Groups

Lessons for Leaders from Real-World Examples

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society, together with the Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers (NoC), is pleased to announce the release of a new publication… More

Wednesday, Jul 8, 2015

Holyoke: A Massachusetts Municipal Light Plant Seizes Internet Access Business Opportunities

Holyoke Gas & Electric’s telecom division provides high-speed Internet access to local businesses and public agencies, bringing in revenue and profits while aiding in local… More

Monday, Jul 6, 2015

Interoperability in the Digital Ecosystem

The Berkman Center is pleased to announce the publication of a new paper, "Interoperability in the Digital Ecosystem." The paper builds upon our previous interoperability work,… More

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015

Governance of Online Intermediaries: Observations From a Series of National Case Studies

This project examines the rapidly changing landscape of online intermediary liability at the intersection of law, technology, norms, and markets, and is aimed at informing and… More

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015

Multistakeholder as Governance Groups: Observations from Case Studies

The project explores existing multistakeholder governance groups with the goal of informing the future evolution of the Internet governance ecosystem. The research effort… More

Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014

Who Gets a Press Pass?

Media Credentialing Practices in the United States

This study, the first of its kind to perform a quantitative examination of media credentialing in the United States, surveys the experience of journalists throughout the country… More

Monday, Mar 17, 2014

Governments and Cloud Computing: Roles, Approaches, and Policy Considerations

In this paper, Urs Gasser and David O'Brien synthesize findings from a multi-year cloud computing research initiative led by the Berkman Center in close collaboration with the… More

Monday, Mar 17, 2014

Cloud Innovation and the Law: Issues, Approaches, and Interplay

“Cloud Innovation and the Law: Issues, Approaches, and Interplay,” authored by Berkman Center Executive Director and Harvard Law School Professor of Practice Urs Gasser, draws… More

Thursday, Aug 15, 2013

Interoperability Case Study: From Crowdsourcing Potholes to Community Policing

Applying Interoperability Theory to Analyze the Expansion of “Open311”

Following the four primary applications of interoperability theory laid out by Palfrey and Gasser, this paper is organized into five Parts: (1) Part One introduces the topic; (2)… More

Sunday, Jun 23, 2013

Interoperability Case Study: The European Union as an Institutional Design for Legal Interoperability

This case study is part of an ongoing series developed in support of a larger text on interoperability by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly… More

Thursday, Dec 13, 2012

Interoperability Case Study: Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

This case study is part of an ongoing series developed in support of a larger text on interoperability by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly… More

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012

Open Wireless vs. Licensed Spectrum: Evidence from Market Adoption

The paper reviews evidence from eight wireless markets: mobile broadband; wireless healthcare; smart grid communications; inventory management; access control; mobile payments;… More

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012

Interoperability Case Study: Mobile Phone Chargers

This case study is part of an ongoing series developed in support of a larger text on interoperability by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly… More

Thursday, Aug 16, 2012

Interoperability Case Study: Cloud Computing

This case study is part of an ongoing series developed in support of a larger text on interoperability by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser - Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly… More

Sunday, Jul 15, 2012

Interoperability Case Study: The Bar Code/UPC

This case study is part of an ongoing series developed in support of a larger text on interoperability by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly… More

Sunday, Jul 8, 2012

Interoperability Case Study: The Smart Grid

This case study is part of an ongoing series developed in support of a larger text on interoperability by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly… More

Tuesday, Jun 5, 2012

Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems

In Interop, technology experts John Palfrey and Urs Gasser explore the immense importance of interoperability—the standardization and integration of technology—and show how this… More

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mapping Cloud Interoperability in the Globalized Economy: Theory and Observation from Practice

Urs Gasser and John Palfrey have continued to contribute to the World Trade Institute’s NCCR Trade Policy project with a particular focus on the interoperability as an enabler of… More

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Interoperability in Information Systems in the Furtherance of Trade

Urs Gasser and John Palfrey have continued to contribute to the World Trade Institute’s NCCR Trade Policy project with a particular focus on the interoperability as an enabler of… More

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fostering Innovation and Trade in the Global Information Society: The Different Facets and Roles of Interoperability

Urs Gasser and John Palfrey have continued to contribute to the World Trade Institute’s NCCR Trade Policy project with a particular focus on the interoperability as an enabler of… More

Monday, Apr 2, 2012

Guide to the IRS Decision-Making Process under Section 501(c)(3) for Journalism and Publishing Non-Profit Organizations

Until and unless there is action in Congress to facilitate tax exemptions for journalism non-profits, news organizations seeking 501(c)(3) status must learn how to structure their… More

Saturday, Mar 31, 2012

Interoperability Case Study: Internet of Things (IoT)

This case study is part of an ongoing series developed in support of a larger text on interoperability by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly… More

Thursday, Mar 1, 2012

Interoperability Case Study: Intermodal Containers and Global Cargo Transport

This case study is part of an ongoing series developed in support of a larger text on interoperability by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly… More

Thursday, Feb 23, 2012

Youth and Digital Media: From Credibility to Information Quality

Building upon a process- and context-oriented information quality framework, this paper seeks to map and explore what we know about the ways in which young users of age 18 and… More

Tuesday, Aug 9, 2011

The Penguin and the Leviathan: How Cooperation Triumphs over Self-Interest

Yochai Benkler draws on cutting-edge findings from neuroscience, economics, sociology, evolutionary biology, political science, and a wealth of real world examples to reveal how… More

Sunday, Apr 24, 2011

Rethinking Music: A Briefing Book

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society is pleased to present this briefing book to participants in the Rethink Music conference. The book includes the Center’s own framing… More

Sunday, Mar 20, 2011

Designing Incentives for Inexpert Human Raters

This paper presents the results of an experiment comparing the effects of social, financial, and hybrid incentive schemes on worker performance in an online labor market (Amazon's… More

Wednesday, Nov 3, 2010

Accountability and Transparency at ICANN: An Independent Review

In August 2010, selected faculty and researchers at the Berkman Center initiated an independent, exploratory study analyzing ICANN’s decision-making processes and communications… More

Monday, Aug 30, 2010

The Rise of the News Aggregator: Legal Implications and Best Practices

This white paper attempts to answer the question of whether news aggregators violate current law by examining the hot news misappropriation and copyright infringement claims that… More

Thursday, Jul 29, 2010

Best Practices in the Use of Technology to Facilitate Access to Justice Initiatives

Preliminary Report

The Cyberlaw Clinic undertook this study to help the Massachusetts Trial Court work toward a comprehensive, holistic strategic plan for maximizing technology’s role in the Access… More

Tuesday, Jun 22, 2010

Sexting: Youth Practices and Legal Implications

This document addresses legal and practical issues related to the practice colloquially known as sexting. It was created by Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at the… More

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010

Working Towards a Deeper Understanding of Digital Safety for Children and Young People in Developing Nations

An Exploratory Study by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, in Collaboration with UNICEF

This paper's main objectives are: to raise awareness about issues related to digital safety for youth in developing nations; to provide a tentative map of these issues and give… More

Wednesday, Apr 28, 2010

How the COPPA, as Implemented, Is Misinterpreted by the Public: A Research Perspective

Statement to the United States Senate, Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Statement by danah boyd, Urs Gasser, and John Palfrey, urging consideration of the gap between the intentions of COPPA and how children and their parents perceive its… More

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2010

A Tale of Two Blogospheres: Discursive Practices on the Left and Right

This paper compares the practices of discursive production and participation among top U.S. political blogs on the left, right, and center during the summer of 2008 and finds… More

Monday, Apr 12, 2010

Youth, Privacy and Reputation (Literature Review)

The scope of this literature review is to map out what is currently understood about the intersections of youth, reputation, and privacy online, focusing on youth attitudes and… More

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010

Response to FCC Notice of Inquiry 09-94 “Empowering Parents and Protecting Children in an Evolving Media Landscape”

The response synthesizes current research and data on the media practices of youth, focusing on three main areas -- 1) Risky Behaviors and Online Safety, 2) Privacy, Publicity and… More

Monday, Feb 15, 2010

Next Generation Connectivity

A review of broadband Internet transitions and policy from around the world

The FCC announced that the Berkman Center would conduct an independent expert review of existing literature and studies about broadband deployment and usage throughout the world… More

Sunday, Aug 16, 2009

An Evaluation of Private Foundation Copyright Licensing Policies, Practices and Opportunities

This project undertook to examine the copyright licensing policies and practices of a group of twelve private foundations. In particular, it looked at the extent to which… More

Monday, Mar 30, 2009

Dynamic remodeling of in-group bias during the 2008 presidential election

People often favor members of their own group, while discriminating against members of other groups. Such in-group favoritism has been shown to play an important role in human… More

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2009

Enhancing Child Safety and Online Technologies

Final Report of the Internet Safety Technical Task Force to the Multi-State Working Group on Social Networking of State Attorneys General of the United States

The Internet Safety Technical Task Force was created in February 2008 in accordance with the "Joint Statement on Key Principles of Social Networking Safety" announced in January… More

Wednesday, Jan 31, 2007

Interoperability In the New Digital Identity Infrastructure

This paper maps out multiple dimensions of interoperability in the emerging digital identity management infrastructure, with a view to promoting openness in this infrastructure… More

Monday, May 15, 2006

The Wealth of Networks

How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom

In this comprehensive social theory of the Internet and the networked information economy, Benkler describes how patterns of information, knowledge, and cultural production are… More

Sunday, Oct 3, 2004

Berkman Briefing: Diebold vs. The Bloggers

When the National Archives needed new vaults to protect the country’s most precious documents – the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights – it… More

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2004

Berkman Briefing: Averting the Internet Meltdown

The eye-catching conference title, Preventing the Internet Meltdown, brought a number of experts and Internet pioneers to Los Angeles recently to discuss the future of the… More

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Berkman Briefing: Inside the Courtroom - The Music Industry Takes on the Uploaders

The Berkman Briefing, Inside the Courtroom, gives a firsthand look at Wednesday's hearing in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts for one of the nearly 3000 lawsuits that the… More

Sunday, Mar 28, 2004

Berkman Briefing: Interacting at Interactive - Social Networks at SXSW

"Social Networks" was the hot topic at this year's Texas-based Internet conference, SXSW Interactive. The conference brought together leaders and innovators in the field on online… More

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2004

Berkman Briefing: Rip, Mix, and Burn - Lessig's Case for Building a Free Culture

In a low-lit auditorium at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Stanford Law Professor Lawrence Lessig leaned against the podium and clicked a remote… More

Friday, Feb 6, 2004

Berkman Briefing: Free Software, the Gospel

If Eben Moglen's recent address at Harvard could be condensed to bumper-sticker format, it might read: Free Software, It isn't just source code—It’s a way of life. Moglen is a… More

Thursday, Feb 5, 2004

Berkman Briefing: SCO vs. IBM - Questioning the Kernel

I went to see Darl McBride’s presentation, “Defending Intellectual Property in the Digital Age,” because I wanted to learn more about his company, SCO, and its challenge to open… More

Friday, Jan 23, 2004

Berkman Briefing: WSIS – Conference Hype or Lasting Change?

In terms of size alone, the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) was a stunning achievement: 11,000 official participants representing 176 nations convened in Geneva for… More


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Thursday, Oct 25, 2018

Apply for a Spot in CopyrightX 2019

The application for the CopyrightX online sections will be open until December 7, 2018. More

Wednesday, Jul 11, 2018

Algorithms and Justice

Examining the role of the state in the development and deployment of algorithmic technologies

A retrospective from this first year of work, describing research modes and outputs and identifying takeaways. More

Monday, Jan 22, 2018

The Cyberlaw Guide to Protest Art

In this guide, we'll cover the main areas of law that are implicated by protest art online. We’ll give you the background on what the law is and explain why it works the way it… More

Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017

Apply for a Spot in CopyrightX 2018

CopyrightX is a networked course that explores the current law of copyright; the impact of that law on art, entertainment, and industry; and the ongoing debates concerning how the… More

Thursday, Oct 19, 2017

How Facebook Tries to Regulate Postings Made by Two Billion People

Berkman Klein Center hosts a day of conversation about reducing harmful speech online and hears from the Facebook executive in charge of platform moderation policies

The Berkman Klein Center community explores broader research questions and topics related to the challenges of keeping tabs on the daily social media interactions of hundreds of… More

Wednesday, Sep 6, 2017

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Ruling on Bail Instructive Re: Algorithms & Criminal Justice

Prof. Chris Bavitz notes how a recent Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling might impact the use of algorithms in criminal justice. More

Monday, Jul 10, 2017

The Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund Commits $7.6 Million to Support the Development of AI in the Public Interest

With the Berkman Klein Center and  MIT Media Lab as academic anchor institutions, the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund announced today funding for nine… More

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Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017

AI and the Law: Setting the Stage

We as a society are only beginning to understand the ethical, legal, and regulatory challenges associated with AI, as well as develop appropriate governance models and responses. More

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017

Berkman Klein Center and MIT Media Lab to Collaborate on the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence

Supported by the Knight Foundation, Omidyar Network, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, Hewlett Foundation, and more

Several foundations and funders today announced the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund, which will support interdisciplinary research to ensure that AI develops… More

Monday, Oct 17, 2016

Apply for a spot in CopyrightX

CopyrightX is a networked course that explores the current law of copyright; the impact of that law on art, entertainment, and industry; and the ongoing debates concerning how the… More

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016

Review and Assessment of ICANN's CCWG Recommendations

The Berkman Center was asked by National Telecommunications & Information Administration of the United States Department of Commerce (NTIA) to serve on an independent expert panel… More

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Amber, a Free Tool for Bloggers & Website Owners, Now Distributed on Drupal.org

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is pleased to announce that Amber, an open-source software tool that preserves content and prevents broken links,… More

Thursday, Apr 14, 2016

Cyberlaw Clinic and Lumen Project Reps Contribute to Section 512 Study

On April 1st, the Copyright Office closed the initial comment period for a public study undertaken to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act… More

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2016

Cyberlaw Clinic FAQ — 2016-17 Registration Starts Soon!

Harvard Law School 1Ls and 2Ls should now be aware that clinical registration for the 2016-17 academic year takes place this week, starting at 9:00 am on Wednesday, March 30 and… More

Thursday, Mar 17, 2016

New updates for Amber, the open source plugin to keep links accessible

In the last two months, Amber has been downloaded more than 500 times and is actively being used on more than 200 websites. Amber v1.4.2 is a result of the feedback and input we… More

Tuesday, Mar 8, 2016

Announcing the Winners of the Student Case Study Writing Competition on Innovative Multistakeholder Governance Groups

The winning contributions reflected a diversity of insights, ideas, and perspectives about unique examples of multistakeholder governance. Essays examined a wide range of… More

Thursday, Jan 28, 2016

Harvard University’s Berkman Center Releases Amber, a “Mutual Aid” Tool for Bloggers & Website Owners to Help Keep the Web Available

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is pleased to release Amber, a free software tool for WordPress and Drupal that preserves content and prevents… More

Monday, Oct 19, 2015

Apply for a spot in CopyrightX 2016

CopyrightX is a networked course that explores the current law of copyright; the impact of that law on art, entertainment, and industry; and the ongoing debates concerning how the… More

Thursday, Aug 13, 2015

Radio Berkman 227: How Block Chain Will Change the World

Seven years after its launch Bitcoin's promise to change the way we think about currency is beginning to come true. More

Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015

Radio Berkman 223: Fiber City

What happens when municipal utilities and companies compete to provide local Internet services? Find out on this week's podcast. More

Friday, Mar 6, 2015

Applications open for Advanced Copyright Practice, a new HLS Executive Education course

Faculty co-director William Fisher, together with five faculty, will teach Advanced Copyright Practice on May 7-9, 2015. The application deadline is April 15.

Update, April 14, 2015: this course has been indefinitely postponed. This intensive three-day executive education course is designed for lawyers who would like to deepen their… More

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015

Liability of Online Intermediaries: New Study by the Global Network of Internet and Society Centers

The Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers (NoC) and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University are pleased to announce the release of a new… More

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015

Municipal broadband offers hope for lagging US internet

No one disputes the importance of affordable access to high-speed internet for economic growth in the 21st century. The United States has seen consistent and rapid growth in its… More

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014

Berkman Community Newcomers: Luis Felipe Murillo

Meet Berkman Fellow Luis Felipe Murillo, an anthropologist who studies Free Software, Open Hardware, and Open Data. More

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014

Apply for a spot in CopyrightX 2015

The application for the 2015 CopyrightX online sections will run from Oct. 15 - Dec. 15. More

Thursday, Jun 5, 2014

New Report from the DMLP: Who Gets a Press Pass? Media Credentialing Practices in the United States

The Digital Media Law Project at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Journalist’s Resource project at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media,… More

Friday, Apr 25, 2014

Christopher T. Bavitz Appointed Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School

Christopher T. Bavitz has been appointed Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Bavitz has been a Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law at HLS and is Managing Director… More

Monday, Apr 14, 2014

Service and Research at the Frontier of Media Law

New Report from the Digital Media Law Project

Earlier today the Digital Media Law Project released a new report, The Legal Needs of Emerging Online Media: The Online Media Legal Network after 500 Referrals. This report… More

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014

Cloud Computing Project Announces Two New Publications

The Berkman Center is pleased to announce two new publications on cloud computing, “Governments and Cloud Computing: Role, Approaches, and Policy Considerations” and “Cloud… More

Monday, Mar 24, 2014

Harvard Law School Students: Clinical Enrollment Next Week! Meet the Cyberlaw Clinic This Week!

Attention Harvard Law School 1Ls and 2Ls: as you make your way back from spring break and head into the homestretch of the 2013-14 academic year, you should be aware that… More

Friday, Dec 13, 2013

Application for CopyrightX 2014 is Open

The application for CopyrightX 2014, a twelve-week networked course taught by Professor William Fisher, is now open. It will close on December 23, 2013 at 1700 UTC. More

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013

CopyrightX Applications Open on December 13

CopyrightX, a twelve-week networked course, will be offered for the second time in the Spring of 2014. The application process opens on December 13 and closes on December 23. More

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013

Berkman Center Among Inaugural Participants In Privacy Program for Middle School Students

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society is pleased to be among the inaugural participating institutions in an innovative privacy program launched this week by Fordham Law School… More

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013

Digital Media Law Project Announces a New Survey of Media Credentialing Practices

The Digital Media Law Project at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, together with the Investigative News Network, the National Press Photographers… More

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013

CopyrightX Comes to a Close

Initial Observations

With the results of students’ final exams now recorded, CopyrightX—Harvard Law School’s first course offering under the auspices of HarvardX, and HarvardX’s first limited… More

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013

Explore the Cyberlaw Clinic's New Website

Following last week’s news about changes at the Cyberlaw Clinic, we wanted to formally announce the launch of the Clinic’s new website: cyberlawclinic.berkman.harvard.edu. The… More

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013

DMLP files brief seeking First Amendment scrutiny in United States v. Auernheimer

Yesterday the Digital Media Law Project, with help from the Cyberlaw Clinic, filed an amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in United States v… More

Monday, Jul 1, 2013

Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Harvard Law School Announce a Reconfiguration of the Berkman Cyberlaw Clinic

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Harvard Law School are pleased to announce the promotion of Christopher T. Bavitz to the role of Managing Director of the Cyberlaw… More

Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013

Internet Censorship and Control Papers

The Berkman Center is pleased to share that Berkman Fellow Hal Roberts and Steven J. Murdoch of the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory have edited a collection of papers… More

Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013

HLS Students: Clinical Registration April 3rd – 5th

Come learn about the Cyberlaw Clinic during the HLS Clinical Fair

Are you interested in getting law school credit by working for real-world clients on cutting-edge legal issues that involve intellectual property, privacy, technology, and the… More

Monday, Mar 4, 2013

The DMLP Asks the Sixth Circuit to Safeguard Crowdsourced Research and Data-based Journalism

The Digital Media Law Project (formerly the Citizen Media Law Project), assisted by Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, has asked the Sixth Circuit to make clear that website… More

Friday, Mar 1, 2013

The Citizen Media Law Project is now the Digital Media Law Project

We are pleased to announce that the Citizen Media Law Project has now transitioned to its new name, the Digital Media Law Project. More

Monday, Nov 26, 2012

Harvard i-Lab Experts in Residence Office Hours (Revised Dates)

The Harvard Innovation Lab invites students to consult with experts in residence joining us on campus for office hours over the next few weeks. More

Thursday, Aug 23, 2012

Announcing a Guide to Reporting at the 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions

This guide is intended to be a resource for journalists that will be covering the events surrounding the Republican and Democratic National Conventions (“RNC” and “DNC”)… More

Thursday, Jun 14, 2012

RB204: The Art and Science of Working Together

Friends of the show John Palfrey and Urs Gasser speak with David Weinberger about how Interoperability works, and how interoperable systems can lead to greater innovation, greater… More

Wednesday, Jun 6, 2012

Recap & Video from the Launch of "Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems"

Last Wednesday, we were proud to host the launch of John Palfrey and Urs Gasser's latest publication, Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems, along with… More

Monday, Apr 2, 2012

DMLP Guide to the IRS Decision-Making Process under Section 501(c)(3) for Journalism and Publishing Non-Profit Organizations

The Digital Media Law Project (DMLP), hosted at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, is pleased to announce the publication of its Guide to the Internal… More

Thursday, Mar 29, 2012

Attention HLS students interested in the Cyberlaw Clinic: Clinical Registration for 2012-2013 is currently underway!

Clinical registration for fall, winter, and spring clinics during the 2012-2013 academic year is now underway and runs through MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012 at 11:59 PM (EDT). Detailed… More

Friday, Jan 27, 2012

DMLP Advocates Protection for Uses of Trademarks in Critical Speech Online Before Massachusetts Appeals Court

The Digital Media Law Project (DMLP), assisted by Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, last week asked the Massachusetts Appeals Court to reject a claim of trademark infringement… More

Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011

New Paper: Why parents help their children lie to Facebook about age: Unintended consequences of the COPPA

Authored by danah boyd, Eszter Hargittai, Jason Schultz, and John Palfrey

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society is pleased to share a new paper published in First Monday, "Why parents help their children lie to Facebook about age: Unintended… More

Friday, Oct 21, 2011

Digital Public Library of America and Europeana Announce Collaboration

Two major digital library networks have reached an agreement to collaborate in ways that will make a large part of the world’s cultural heritage available to a large part of the… More

Thursday, Oct 6, 2011

Harvard Innovation Lab (i-Lab) Information Session

Come meet the directors of the new Harvard Innovation Lab (i-Lab). They will be describing the brand-new i-Lab and answering any questions you have about getting involved with… More

Thursday, Sep 22, 2011

Radio Berkman 183: The Cooperation

This week on Radio Berkman Yochai Benkler discusses his new book The Penguin and the Leviathan: How Cooperation Triumphs over Self-Interest with David Weinberger... More

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Technology and Access to Justice

For the last year and a half, Cyberlaw Clinic Director Phil Malone and Clinic students have been evaluating how technology can assist citizens, especially low-income, pro se, and… More

Monday, Apr 25, 2011

Rethinking music

The Berkman Center is pleased to share a new collection of materials, "Rethinking Music: A Briefing Book," prepared for the participants in Berklee College of Music's Rethink… More

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2011

Attention HLS students interested in the Cyberlaw Clinic:

The Harvard Law School Clinical Forum takes place today, March 23! Clinical Registration for 2011-2012 takes place April 4 and 5! More

Tuesday, Feb 15, 2011

Questions for Secretary Clinton concerning "Internet freedom"

Faculty associate Matthew Hindman provoked an energetic email exchange among members of the extended Berkman Center community today, in anticipation of Secretary Clinton's … More

Friday, Feb 11, 2011

CMLP Urges First Circuit to Safeguard First Amendment Rights in Case Involving Cellphone Camera Recording of Police Officers

The Citizen Media Law Project submitted an amicus curiae brief to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in a case involving a lawyer who was arrested for using… More

Wednesday, Feb 9, 2011

Berkman Center’s Online Media Legal Network Partners with Investigative News Network

The Online Media Legal Network announced that it is collaborating with the Investigative News Network to help INN member organizations find pro bono and low-cost legal help. More

Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011

Final ICANN review materials published

This week the Berkman Center has published the research materials, resources, and other inputs that were gathered in the course of the production of its independent, exploratory… More

Friday, Dec 17, 2010

The Law Lab launches a prototype of their Digital Law Library wiki

This effort is focused on cataloging and analyzing Senegalese and other West African law and putting it online in a searchable and easily accessible format. More

Thursday, Nov 4, 2010

“Accountability and Transparency at ICANN: An Independent Review”

The Berkman Center is pleased to announce that the final draft of its independent review of accountability and transparency at ICANN has been posted by the ICANN Accountability… More

Monday, Oct 18, 2010

Attention Harvard Law students!

Cyberlaw Clinic registration takes place this week for the upcoming winter and spring terms.

HLS 2Ls and 3Ls interested in legal issues relating to technology and the Internet are encouraged to register for the Cyberlaw Clinic, which is based at Harvard's Berkman Center… More

Tuesday, Oct 5, 2010

Youth and media research update

The Berkman Center has recently organized all of its research efforts relating to young people and technology – including new work on youth in developing countries – under a… More

Tuesday, Aug 31, 2010

Citizen Media Law Project & Center for Sustainable Journalism Conference on Media Law in the Digital Age

We're pleased to announce that the Citizen Media Law Project and the Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University are co‐hosting a conference on September 25,… More

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010

Berkman Center to Conduct Study to Assist ICANN’s Accountability and Transparency Review Process

The Berkman Center will conduct an independent, exploratory study analyzing ICANN’s decision-making processes and communications with stakeholders. The study will develop a… More

Thursday, Jul 29, 2010

Radio Berkman 160: Business, Meet Web

This week on Radio Berkman: Berkman fellow and Law Lab co-director Oliver Goodenough speaks with Zeba Kahn about Vermont's virtual business laws... More

Thursday, Jul 1, 2010

Getting empirical with Section 230 case law

Tired of discussing intermediary liability? Neither are we. Fellow David Ardia's study of all CDA section 230 cases to date is now available in the Loyola of Los Angeles Law… More

Friday, Jun 25, 2010

Risky Behaviors and Online Safety: draft literature review

What is known about online youth safety? danah boyd releases the Youth and Media Policy Working Group Initiative's DRAFT literature review on the topic -- for public comment and… More

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010

"Sexting": legal and practical issues

The Berkman Center is pleased to share our Youth and Media Policy Working Group Initiative's latest document, which addresses legal and practical issues related to the practice… More

Tuesday, Jun 22, 2010

Berkman Center’s Citizen Media Law Project and Cyberlaw Clinic Advocate First Amendment Scrutiny in Hot News Cases

The Citizen Media Law Project, with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Citizen, submitted an amicus curiae brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit,… More

Friday, Jun 18, 2010

Four Essays Addressing Risky Behaviors and Online Safety

From danah boyd's blog: "...John Palfrey, Urs Gasser, and I have been co-directing the Youth and Media Policy Working Group Initiative to investigate the role that policy can play… More

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Thank you, students & research assistants!

As Harvard prepares for its 359th commencement, all of us at the Berkman Center would like to express our thanks to the many students and research assistants who worked with us in… More

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Radio Berkman 152: A "Third Way" for the FCC and Broadband

This week on Radio Berkman: Susan Crawford speaks with David Weinberger about what the FCC's proposed “third way” is... More

Friday, May 7, 2010

Towards Principles and Best Practices for Operating in the Cloud

new Berkman Center initiative underway

Today, in conjunction with our Law Lab project, the Berkman Center is kicking off a new research initiative on cloud computing with the first in a year-long series of workshops… More

Thursday, May 6, 2010

New Hampshire Supreme Court Upholds Free Speech Rights for Online News Sites

Ruling Mirrors Arguments Made in Brief by the Citizen Media Law Project, Harvard Cyberlaw Clinic, and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

The NH Supreme Court today issued an important decision upholding the First Amendment rights of online publishers...the Court concluded that a lower court’s injunction preventing… More

Wednesday, Apr 28, 2010

A Tale of Two Blogospheres

Discursive Practices on the Left and the Right

The Berkman Center is pleased to announce the release of a new paper exploring U.S. political blogs. This paper compares the practices of discursive production and participation… More

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010

(Futures) news, social science, Internet filtering (more)

Seven different pieces of writing and research from the Berkman Center community have appeared over the last seven days, from Ethan Zuckerman's essay in the latest issue of… More

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010

Understanding youth, privacy and reputation

The Berkman Center is pleased to share our Youth and Media Policy Working Group Initiative's extensive literature review mapping out "what is currently understood about the… More

Thursday, Apr 8, 2010

Radio Berkman 148: Lies, Damned Lies, and Technology

This week on Radio Berkman: Judith Donath interviews Jeff Hancock, of the Social Media Lab at Cornell University, on how we lie, and the role technology plays in the evolution of… More

Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010

Group Solidarity & Peer-to-Peer Microfinance on Kiva.org, via Scott Hartley

Congratulations to Scott Hartley, a Facebook, and former Google employee, pursuing his MBA and MA at Columbia University, who has just released a working paper, "Kiva.org: Crowd… More

Thursday, Mar 18, 2010

Radio Berkman Minis: Kalamazoogle?

This week on Radio Berkman: the IT Manager of Kalamazoo, Michigan talks about what he sees in the opportunity of ultra high speed connectivity... More

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010

Radio Berkman 146: The Early Days of the Avatar

This week on Radio Berkman: Jeremy Bailenson of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab sits down with Judith Donath... More

Thursday, Mar 4, 2010

CMLP and Cyberlaw Clinic Call On Illinois Supreme Court to Preserve Broad Purpose of Citizen Participation Act

The Citizen Media Law Project, joined by the Public Participation Project, the Online News Association, and the Chicago Current, submitted an amicus curiae brief to the Illinois… More

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010

On "Empowering Parents and Protecting Children in an Evolving Media Landscape"

The Berkman Center is pleased to share the Youth and Media Policy Working Group Initiative's response to the FCC's Notice of Inquiry on "Empowering Parents and Protecting Children… More

Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010

Next Generation Connectivity

Berkman Center releases final broadband study for the FCC

The Berkman Center is pleased to announce that its independent review of broadband Internet transitions and policy from around the world has been finalized. The Final Report was… More

Monday, Feb 1, 2010

OMLN Partners with National Freedom of Information Coalition to Assist with Freedom of Information Lawsuits

The Berkman Center’s Online Media Legal Network (OMLN) announced today that it is partnering with the National Freedom of Information Coalition to assist with freedom of… More

Tuesday, Jan 5, 2010

OMLN Partners with Online News Association To Provide Legal Assistance to Independent Journalists

The Online Media Legal Network announced that it is partnering with the Online News Association, the premier association for professional digital journalists. The partnership will… More

Monday, Dec 21, 2009

Updating the Berkman Center's broadband study for the FCC

In October the FCC posted for public comment the Berkman Center's draft study "Next Generation Connectivity: A review of broadband Internet transitions and policy from around the… More

Thursday, Dec 17, 2009

Citizen Media Law Project Publishes New Guide to FTC Disclosure Requirements for Product Endorsements

As part of their legal guide series on Risks Associated with Publication, today CMLP published a guide to Publishing Product or Service Endorsements. More

Thursday, Nov 19, 2009

Citizen Media Law Project Launches Legal Assistance Network for Online Journalists

The Berkman Center’s Citizen Media Law Project (CMLP) announced today the public launch of its Online Media Legal Network (OMLN), a new pro bono initiative that connects lawyers… More

Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009

Reviewing comments on the Berkman Center's broadband study for the FCC

Last night the period for commenting on the Berkman Center’s broadband study for the FCC came to a close. We would like to thank those who took the time to provide substantive… More

Wednesday, Nov 4, 2009

Commenting on the Berkman Center's broadband study for the FCC

It has been three weeks since the FCC posted for public comment the Berkman Center’s study of international experience with broadband transitions and policy. The FCC recently… More

Wednesday, Oct 28, 2009

It's Election Time Again: CMLP Announces Updated Guide to Newsgathering at the Polls

From the Citizen Media Law Project blog: Voters head to the polls again on November 3 to cast their ballots in mayoral, city council, and even a handful of gubernatorial elections… More

Thursday, Oct 22, 2009

Amicus: Net-based scholarship on civil rights and civil liberties

Via John Palfrey: In the spirit of Open Access week and otherwise, Harvard's Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review is today launching a new online publication, Amicus... More

Thursday, Oct 22, 2009

Exploring youth and media policy

new Berkman Center initiative underway

The first meeting of the Berkman Center's new Youth and Media Policy Working Group Initiative is being held today; experts from various fields are gathered to discuss privacy and… More

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2009

Attention HLS Students: Winter/Spring Clinical Registration Takes Place This Week!

Are you an HLS student interested in getting law school credit by working for real-world clients on cutting-edge legal issues that involve intellectual property, technology, and… More

Thursday, Oct 15, 2009

Berkman Center broadband study for FCC available for public comment

The Berkman Center is pleased to announce that the draft of its independent review for the FCC -- "Next Generation Connectivity: A review of broadband Internet transitions and… More

Monday, Oct 5, 2009

CMLP and Cyberlaw Clinic Endorse Anti-SLAPP Protection for Staff of Media and Advocacy Organizations

On Thursday, the Citizen Media Law Project (CMLP) joined the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of the Boston… More

Thursday, Sep 17, 2009

Radio Berkman 130: Adventures in Anonymity, Part One

This week on Radio Berkman: Dan Jones discusses the ins and outs of a growing number of legal cases involving anonymous online speech with Sam Bayard, assistant director of the… More

Monday, Sep 14, 2009

Creative Commons: Defining Noncommercial

Creative Commons has published a substantial report (plus data), "Defining Noncommercial," which represents a year-long study funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and… More

Monday, Jul 27, 2009

Citizen Media Law Project: more on newsgathering and privacy

The Citizen Media Law Project (CMLP) has released a new video about newsgathering and privacy issues that citizen reporters might face as they gather documents, take photographs… More

Thursday, Jul 23, 2009

CMLP and Cyberlaw Clinic Amicus Brief in the News

In an editorial published earlier this week, the Nashua Telegraph highlighted an amicus brief filed last month by Berkman’s Citizen Media Law Project (CMLP) with the assistance… More

Wednesday, Jul 15, 2009

Berkman Team Submits Follow-Up to DMCA Exemption Request

Berkman Student Fellow Christopher Soghoian, assisted by Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, recently submitted responses to questions from the U.S. Copyright Office regarding… More

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2009

Harvard’s Berkman Center to Conduct Independent Review of Broadband Studies to Assist FCC

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University will conduct an independent expert review of existing literature and studies about broadband deployment and usage… More

Monday, Jun 29, 2009

Citizen Media Law Project partners with YouTube to help launch Reporters' Center

From the CMLP blog: "As part of today's launch of YouTube's Reporters' Center, which features how-to videos on news reporting, the Citizen Media Law Project created a short video… More

Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009

Citizen Media Law Project and Cyberlaw Clinic Urge NH Supreme Court to Defend First Amendment Rights of Mortgage Site

The Citizen Media Law Project (CMLP), assisted by Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, urged the New Hampshire Supreme Court to defend the First Amendment rights of a website… More

Wednesday, Jun 3, 2009

Radio Berkman 124: What the Heck is a Commons?

This week on Radio Berkman: David Bollier, author of "Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own," discusses the idea of a commons, and more, with David… More

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Radio Berkman 123: It’s Not Fair! (Use)

This week on Radio Berkman: Patricia Aufderheide, Director of the Center for Social Media at American University, speaks about the Code of Best Practices for Fair Use in Online… More

Thursday, May 14, 2009

CMLP: Craigslist Dropping 'Erotic Services' Section

David Ardia, director of the Citizen Media Law Project (CMLP), unpacks the issues around Craigslist's decision to replace its "Erotic Services" category... More

Thursday, May 14, 2009

First Cooley Fellow Named at Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic

Cooley Godward Kronish LLP announced today that Dena Sacco, a former federal prosecutor, has been named the inaugural Cooley Fellow at the Harvard Law School Cyberlaw Clinic at… More

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Radio Berkman: Law + Technology = Fewer Lawyers?

This week on Radio Berkman: Richard Susskind discusses how technology might improve the practice of law, and more, with Brock Rutter... 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

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Harvard Team Advocates for DRM Exemption at Copyright Office DMCA Hearing

Berkman Center Student Fellow Christopher Soghoian testified yesterday at a Copyright Office hearing in Washington, DC, in support of his requests for exemptions from the Digital… More

Friday, May 1, 2009

Open Translation Tools 2009

"the polyglot Internet"

Via Open Education News: "Open Translation Tools 2009 will be held from 22 to 24 June, in Amsterdam...The event will be followed by an Open Translation 'Book Sprint' which will… More

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2009

Radio Berkman: Journalism Is Dead. Long Live Journalism!

This week on Radio Berkman: Dan Gillmor offers his vision for a participatory media, with five principles for 21st century journalism... More

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009

Radio Berkman: My Own Private Infrastructure

This week on Radio Berkman: Dan Jones hears from Gillian K Hadfield about the possibilities for the private production of legal systems... More

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009

On Remix and Born Digital

book reviews in Science Magazine

The Books et al. section in the current issue of Science features two Berkman Center-related pieces of interest to the wider community. Yochai Benkler considers Lawrence Lessig's… More

Monday, Apr 20, 2009

Publius: new essay on "Realising the Value of Public information"

For the Publius project, Professor Richard Susskind, IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, has written a timely essay, sounding out the future of public… More

Friday, Apr 3, 2009

HLS Students: Clinical Forum, Monday April 6th!

Fall 2009 Clinical Enrollment, Monday and Tuesday, April 13th and 14th! More

Thursday, Apr 2, 2009

Harvard researchers find that only men showed favoritism toward supporters of their preferred candidate

in the 2008 Democratic primary

Men, but not women, displayed strong favoritism toward fellow supporters of Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama during the summer of 2008, according to a new study published in the… More

Thursday, Apr 2, 2009

Investigating in-group bias in the 2008 Democratic primary

The Berkman Center is pleased to announce the first publication to emerge from the weekly seminar of Berkman’s interdisciplinary Cooperation research project: "Dynamic remodeling… More

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2009

Citizen Media Law Project and Cyberlaw Clinic Lead Amicus Effort Promoting Rights of Anonymous Online Speakers in IL

In a case involving important First Amendment rights, the Citizen Media Law Project joined a number of media and advocacy organizations in asking an Illinois appellate court to… More

Friday, Mar 6, 2009

Debating CDA 230

An exchange between John Palfrey and Adam Thierer concerning tweaking Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act was published today in Ars Technica... More

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009

Cooley Establishes Harvard Law School’s First Cyberlaw Clinic Fellowship

Cooley Godward Kronish LLP announced that it has established the first Cyberlaw Clinic Fellowship at Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Center for Internet &… More

Friday, Feb 13, 2009

Publius gets a makeover!

Publius--the project that brings together a distinguished collection of Internet luminaries to write short essays, foster a public dialogue, and create a durable record of how the… More

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009

New positions with the CMLP

The Citizen Media Law Project is looking for law student interns for the spring and summer and for a new staff attorney. More

Wednesday, Feb 4, 2009

Welcome, Urs Gasser!

As the spring semester begins, we are delighted to officially welcome Professor of Law at the University of St. Gallen Dr. Urs Gasser into his new role as Berkman’s Executive… More

Monday, Feb 2, 2009

CMLP: "Virginia Blogger Targeted With Outrageous Subpoena"

Last week CMLP reported on an overreaching subpoena served against Charlottesville, Virgina blogger Waldo Jaquith... More

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009

The Legal Education Commons

The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, with the support of the Berkman Center, has launched the Legal Education Commons, where law professors can exchange and access… More

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2009

Internet Safety Technical Task Force Releases Final Report on Enhancing Child Safety and Online Technologies

The Berkman Center today released the final report of the Internet Safety Technical Task Force, a group of 29 leading Internet businesses, non-profit organizations, academics, and… More

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009

CMLP: Documenting the 2009 Presidential Inauguration

The Citizen Media Law Project has released a must-read for anyone planning a trip to DC on January 20 to witness and record history... More

Friday, Dec 12, 2008

Cambridge bound!

Lawrence Lessig receives two Harvard appointments

Tremendous news: former Berkman Center faculty director Lawrence Lessig is returning to Harvard as a professor of law and faculty director of Harvard's Edmond J. Safra Foundation… More

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2008

Publius: new essays on the Internet and politics

The Publius project has launched a new cluster of essays on "Internet and Politics 2008: Moving People, Moving Ideas," including a working hypothesis and responses that evaluate… More

Wednesday, Dec 3, 2008

Berkman Fellow teams up with Cyberlaw Clinic to submit DMCA request

Berkman Fellow Chris Soghoian writes on Surveillance State, his CNET blog: "A team from Harvard's Berkman Center...has requested an exemption [to the DMCA] that, in the event that… More

Monday, Nov 10, 2008

CMLP and Cyberlaw Clinic Urge Broad Reading of the Massachusetts Anti-SLAPP Statute

The Citizen Media Law Project, together with the Online News Association, Media Bloggers Association, New England Press Association, and Globe Newspaper Company, publisher of The… More

Wednesday, Nov 5, 2008

Call for Updated and New Technology Submissions to the Internet Safety Technical Task Force

In the spirit of openness and participation inspired by election day, the Internet Safety Technical Task Force is encouraging your continued participation in its process as it… More

Monday, Nov 3, 2008

US presidential campaign & election '08

We've assembled a sampling of recent Internet and politics-related activities and writings from the Berkman community... More

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2008

Global Network Initiative launches

Berkman is pleased to announce the launch of the Global Network Initiative, a dynamic effort developed in partnership with leading human rights groups, academics, socially… More

Monday, Oct 27, 2008

HLS Students: Winter and Spring 2009 Clinical Enrollment This Week!

Enrollment for Harvard Law Students in the Cyberlaw Clinic for the Winter and Spring 2009 terms begins today, and students interested in the Cyberlaw Clinic are encouraged to… More

Thursday, Oct 23, 2008

Voter deception 2.0

With less than two weeks remaining before the US presidential election, the Publius project has released a timely essay on the danger of vote suppression tactics potentially… More

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2008

Video your vote

November 4 at ground level

YouTube and PBS have teamed up to ask US voters to document their voting experiences. You're invited to upload your election day video to the Video Your Vote channel. The Citizen… More

Friday, Oct 10, 2008

The CMLP on choosing an ISP

From the Citizen Media Law Project blog... There are a lot of things to consider when making the decision to launch a blog or website...one area most people tend to overlook is… More

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2008

Defending the Rights of Artists

Citizen Media Law Project joins The Right to Write Fund in protecting creative artists from legal threats

In the wake of the Harry Potter Lexicon trial, the Berkman Center's Citizen Media Law Project has announced a new partnership with the Right to Write Fund, which helped defend… More

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2008

Judge Rejects Fair Use Defense in Harry Potter Lexicon Case

The Citizen Media Law Project begins unpacking the 68-page decision in Rowling v. RDR Books, in which Judge Robert Patterson held that RDR "had failed to establish an affirmative… More

Friday, Sep 5, 2008

United States v. Microsoft: 10 Years Later

one week away!

There is one week left to register for the "United States v. Microsoft: 10 Years Later" conference at Harvard Law School, hosted by the Berkman Center, taking place next Friday… More

Friday, Sep 5, 2008

Cape Cod blogger sued for libel

The Citizen Media Law Project provides detailed analysis of the case of Peter Robbins, of the Robbins Report blog, which raises "a host of interesting questions" concerning… More

Friday, Aug 29, 2008

New opportunities with Berkman Center friends

The UC Berkeley School of Law is seeking a clinical professor to serve as the director of the Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic. And Stanford Law School has… More

Monday, Aug 25, 2008

California Court Warns Copyright Bullies Not to Ignore Fair Use

From the Citizen Media Law Project blog... A federal district court in California held on Wednesday that copyright owners must consider fair use before sending DMCA takedown… More

Tuesday, Aug 5, 2008

The Citizen Media Law Project on Understanding Your Legal Risks When You Blog or Publish Online

From the Citizen Media Law Project blog...Over the next few weeks I'll be posting about various topics we cover in the CMLP's Citizen Media Legal Guide...Today, I'll start with… More

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2008

Citizen Media Law Project Legal Guide: final sections now live

From the Citizen Media Law Project blog... Today, we are launching the final sections of the Citizen Media Law Project's online guide to media law covering the risks associated… More

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2008

Citizen Media Law Project Completes Launch of Online Guide to Media Law

The Citizen Media Law Project (CMLP) announced today that it has completed the launch of its Citizen Media Legal Guide. The free guide, which is intended for use by bloggers,… More

Monday, Jul 28, 2008

Using audio clip for criticism is fair use

District Court spanks Michael Savage suit

From the Citizen Media Law Project blog... In a huge victory for freedom of speech, on Friday a federal district court in California dismissed conservative talk show host Michael… More

Friday, Jul 18, 2008

Thinking through section 201 of the Global Online Freedom Act

Over on the Future of the Internet blog, Berkman summer intern Brendan Ballou takes a look at the Global Online Freedom Act being considered by Congress... More

Thursday, Jul 10, 2008

Iranian parliament moving toward death penalty for blogging on certain topics

From the Citizen Media Law Project... Online free speech has never been well received by the Iranian government, but now Tehran is just one step away from making blogging on… More

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2008

Rebooting America: Ideas for Resdesigning American Democracy for the Internet Age

Personal Democracy Forum has released Rebooting America, including essays from Yochai Benkler, danah boyd, Gene Koo, David Weinberger, and many more. More

Wednesday, Jul 2, 2008

Berkman Center Announces Request for Technical Submissions Related to Child Safety on the Internet

The Request for Technical Submissions asks companies, non-profits, and individuals with technologies relevant to child safety online to submit a detailed description that will… More

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2008

Judge Sanctions Lawyer for Issuing Subpoena to Blogger Kathleen Seidel

David Ardia of the Citizen Media Law Project updates us on the Sykes v. Seidel case. More

Friday, Jun 20, 2008

Supernova's Publius Panel

On Tuesday, we hosted a lively session on the Publius Project at Supernova. The conversation was a great fit for this year’s theme, “Challenges for the Network Age”... More

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008

AP's Fair Use Challenge

David Ardia of the Citizen Media Law Project hits all the points in his blogpost, "Associated Press Sends DMCA Takedown to Drudge Retort, Backpedals, and Now Seeks to Define Fair… More

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008

Beyond Broadcast and Supernova, conversations coast to coast

Berkman Fellows and friends are bookending the U.S.A. for two great conferences today - Beyond Broadcast in Washington D.C. and Supernova in San Francisco. More

Monday, Jun 16, 2008

New Publius essays!

the Open Access conversation continues, plus a look at net neutrality and the right to communicate

John Willinsky, Jean-Claude Guedon, and Daithí Mac Síthigh respond to current Publius essays... More

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008

Prince, Bootlegging, and Copyright Protection for Live Performances

Citizen Media Law Project assistant director Sam Bayard follows up on the "Prince/Radiohead/YouTube flap," raising some additional questions and asking, "Copyright geeks and fair… More

Monday, Jun 9, 2008

Publius: Suber and Hagemann on open access, Pignetti on Lessons in Literacy from the NOLA Blogosphere

The Publius project, launched in conjunction with Berkman@10, published three new essays last week. More

Wednesday, Jun 4, 2008

Thank You, Students and Research Assistants!

As Harvard prepares for commencement later this week, with possibility and sunshine on the horizon, we at Berkman can’t enter the summer without offering tremendous thanks and… More

Friday, May 16, 2008

Publius: fourth batch of essays now live

Our newly launched Publius project has been rolling out batches of essays all week in conjunction with Berkman@10. Today, a final batch for the week that parallels some of the… More

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Publius: more on "Tacit Governance"

As promised, we are pleased to announce the continuation of our Publius conversation on Rules and Governance with new pieces by David Johnson, JP Rangaswami, Wendy Seltzer, and… More

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Launching Publius: first essays now live!

As part of the lead up to our Berkman@10 conference and gala (this Thursday and Friday!), we are pleased to announce the launch of a new project: Publius. Publius brings together… More

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Upward!

Phil Malone promoted to Clinical Professor at Harvard Law

The Berkman Center heartily congratulates Phil Malone on his promotion to Clinical Professor of Law. Phil is no stranger to the Center; he has been the director of our Cyberlaw… More

Monday, May 5, 2008

CMLP Launches New Legal Guide Section: Intellectual Property

The first cut of the Citizen Media Law Project's in-depth Legal Guide is nearly complete! Last Friday's release of the section on "intellectual property" fills in an essential… More

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2008

English Libel Law's Pernicious Impact on First Amendment Speech

Citizen Media Law Project director David Ardia walks us through Floyd Abrams' op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal... More

Friday, Apr 25, 2008

How Trademark Law Casts A Dark Cloud Over Free Speech

The Citizen Media Law Project is preparing the intellectual property sections of its legal guide. An article by Professor Bill McGeveran provides some grist for the mill, raising… More

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008

The Citizen Media Law Project follows the Quash of the Seidel Subpoena

From the CMLP blog...A federal magistrate judge in New Hampshire has quashed the subpoena issued to Kathleen Seidel. Seidel publishes the blog Neurodiversity, where she writes… More

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008

Citizen Media Law Project following new Wikileaks case

From the CMLP blog... Wikileaks, which purports to provide an "uncensorable Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis," is back in the news as it faces a new… More

Friday, Apr 11, 2008

John Perry Barlow looking back on an Internet decade

Find your headphones and grab a seat, maybe skip the popcorn this week. As part of the Berkman Center’s ongoing tenth anniversary celebration, Berkman@10, we’re retrieving some… 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

Thursday, Apr 3, 2008

CMLP Launches New Legal Guide Section: Access to Government Information

The Citizen Media Law Project's in-depth Legal Guide continues to grow! Yesterday's release of the section on "access to government information" significantly expands this already… 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

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008

New Harvard Law seminar: Child Exploitation, Pornography & the Internet

The Cyberlaw Clinic introduces a new seminar: Child Exploitation, Pornography & the Internet. The course is co-taught by Diane Rosenfeld and Cyberlaw Clinic Assistant Director… More

Friday, Mar 21, 2008

iBrattleboro Victorious!

The Citizen Media Law Project and Media Re:public hail community news and information site iBrattleboro.com's "significant victory," "a wonderful outcome," in a libel lawsuit… More

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008

It's Sunshine Week!

From the Citizen Media Law Project... It’s March and it’s Sunshine Week. This year, from March 16 - 22, the American Society of Newspaper Editors is holding its annual national… More

Monday, Mar 17, 2008

Cyberlaw Clinic update

online gaming patent reexamination request granted

At the beginning of February, Berkman Cyberlaw Clinic Director Phil Malone reported that the Electronic Frontier Foundation had formally challenged a bogus online gaming patent --… More

Friday, Feb 29, 2008

The Berkman Center Announces Formation of Internet Safety Task Force to Identify and Develop Online Safety Tools

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society today announced that it will head a newly formed Internet Safety Technical Task Force... More

Thursday, Feb 28, 2008

The Berkman Center Announces Formation of Internet Safety Task Force to Identify and Develop Online Safety Tools

More than 20 Organizations including AOL, AT&T, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, MySpace, NCMEC, Symantec, Verizon and Yahoo! Join Task Force.

Berkman Center To Lead New Task Force Comprised of Prominent Internet Businesses, Non-Profits, Academics and Technology Companies. More

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2008

Berkman Center’s Citizen Media Law Project and Cyberlaw Clinic Challenge Injunctions Against Wikileaks and Dynadot

The Berkman Center's Citizen Media Law Project (CMLP) and Cyberlaw Clinic have joined a coalition of media and public interest organizations in filing an amici curiae brief urging… More

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2008

Berkman Center’s Citizen Media Law Project and Cyberlaw Clinic Challenge Injunctions Against Wikileaks and Dynadot

CAMBRIDGE, MA. – The Berkman Center for Internet & Society’s Citizen Media Law Project (CMLP) and Cyberlaw Clinic have joined a coalition of media and public interest… More

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008

Making Sense of the Wikileaks Fiasco: Prior Restraints in the Internet Age

Citizen Media Law Project Director David Ardia is quoted in today's New York Times, saying that a judge's order to shutdown the WikiLeaks website by removing its DNS record, “is… More

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2008

Citizen Media Law Project Launches Online Legal Guide

The Citizen Media Law Project (CMLP) launched the first sections of its Citizen Media Legal Guide (http://www.citmedialaw.org/legal-guide) last week. The guide, intended for use… More

Monday, Feb 4, 2008

Berkman Cyberlaw Clinic Students Flex Their Muscles

Last week Berkman’s Cyberlaw Clinic and its hardworking students contributed mightily to three separate projects in the public interest…The Electronic Frontier Foundation formally… More

Friday, Feb 1, 2008

Cyberlaw Clinic Helps Challenge Bogus Online Gaming Patent

From Cyberlaw Clinic Director Phil Malone . More

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2008

European DRM Debate Heating Up

On Jan. More

Friday, Nov 16, 2007

Research Release on Interoperability

This week the Berkman Center and the Research Center for Information Law, St. More

Friday, Jun 29, 2007

Second Berkman/St. Gallen Workshop on ICT Interoperability

From Berkman Fellow Urs Gasser...[Earlier this week], I had the pleasure to co-moderate with my colleagues and friends Prof. More

Friday, Jan 26, 2007

Interop and Innovation

Last week, as part of the project on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Interoperability, a field of experts gathered in Weissbaden, Switzerland for a workshop hosted… More

Wednesday, Nov 8, 2006

Urs Gasser speaks before the FTC on Interoperability

Berkman fellow Urs Gasser spoke at today's Federal Trade Commission's hearings on Protecting Consumers in the Next Tech-ade. Speaking as the event's "European voice," Urs… More

Thursday, Nov 2, 2006

Dynamic Coalition on Privacy launched at UN Internet Meeting in Athens*Press Release / IGF outcome on Privacy Protection*

At the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a UN conference on future internet public policy taking place in Athens this week, a diverse group of stakeholders has agreed to launch a… More

Friday, Jun 23, 2006

Digital Rights Management in France

Referring to the DADVSI bill amending the French copyright act, BBC reports that “Apple gets French iTunes reprieve.” One of many previous versions of the bill had ruled that… More

Friday, Oct 28, 2005

MA and "Open Standards and Interoperability"

Yesterday, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society hosted a two-hour discussion session on Open Standards and Interoperability.  Our discussion was meant to be an extension of… More

Friday, Sep 9, 2005

Berkman Center Outlines Roadmap for Future Innovation: Open Standards Drive Efficiency, Growth and Innovation

Cambridge, MA – Today, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School will release “The Roadmap for Open Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)… More

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003

Berkman Center’s New Online Offering, “CyberPrivacy,” Opens Door for Worldwide Debate

Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet & Society launches the online series “CyberPrivacy” today at noon, as part of the ongoing Berkman Online Lecture and Discussion … More


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Fortune

Harvard Law Just Released 6.5 Million Court Decisions Online

40 million pages of U.S. court decisions made available free and in-full online for the first time

Monday, Oct 29, 2018
Miami Herald

City attorney sues blogger for libel. Is it ‘a threat designed to silence?’

In this article by Sarah Blaskey centered around litigation in the blogosphere, Kendra Albert provides context on the larger legal landscape.

Monday, Sep 17, 2018
Cyberlaw Clinic

Cyberlaw Clinic Supports Engine Advocacy in Challenge to Net Neutrality Rollback

In this piece, The Cyberlaw Clinic outlines action on a recent amicus brief.

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018
Video

AI Threats to Civil Liberties and Democracy

Chinmayi Arun of the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University, Delhi

Chinmayi Arun discusses the challenges unchecked AI development could pose to civil liberties in Asia.

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017

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May 22, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Art that Imitates Art

Computational Creativity and Creative Contracting

Copyright in AI-generated works, the need for a shared understanding of what is and isn’t up for grabs in a license, and how forward-thinking contracts can prevent AI developers… More

May 8, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Governance and Regulation in the land of Crypto-Securities (as told by CryptoKitties)

featuring founding members, Dieter Shirley and Alex Shih

Join founding members of the CryptoKitties team, Dieter Shirley and Alex Shih, as they discuss the unique governance, legal, and regulatory challenges of putting cats on the… More

May 1, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

The Law and Ethics of Digital Piracy

Evidence from Harvard Law School Graduates

When do Harvard law students perceive digital file sharing (and piracy) as fine? 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

Apr 10, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Tales from the Public Domain

James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins discuss "Theft! A History of Music"

Theft! A History of Music is a graphic novel laying out a 2000-year long history of musical borrowing from Plato to rap. More

Apr 9, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Remedies for Cyber Defamation

Criminal Libel, Anti-Speech Injunctions, Forgeries, Frauds, and More

“Cheap speech” has massively increased ordinary people’s access to mass communications -- both for good and for ill. How has the system of remedies for defamatory, privacy… More

Apr 5, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

A talk with Marilù Capparelli, PhD

Legal Director at Google

Please join the Harvard Italian Law Association and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society for a discussion on several legal and regulatory issues concerning digital… More

Apr 3, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

The Right of Publicity

Privacy Reimagined for a Public World

Jennifer E. Rothman discusses her book, The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World (Harvard University Press 2018). She challenges the conventional story of the… More

Feb 6, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Health Care Costs and Transparency

featuring John Freedman, President & CEO of Freedman HealthCare

Health spending continues to outpace wages and GDP, while some new insurance designs transfer greater shares of that to patients’ own out of pocket costs. What is driving health… More

Jan 30, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

The “Monkey Selfie” Case: Can Non-Humans Hold Copyrights?

featuring a panel of experts on copyright, cyber law, and intermediary liability issues

Can non-human animals own copyrights? Can artificial intelligence machines? Join the Berkman Klein Center, the Harvard Law School Animal Law & Policy Program, and the HLS Student… More

Jan 16, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Who Owns Your Ideas and How Does Creativity Happen?

A Conversation with Professor Orly Lobel

Who owns your ideas? How are cultural icons created and who gets to control their image and message? Orly Lobel’s new book You Don’t Own Me is about how intellectual property both… More

Feb 21, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Internet Designers as Policy-Makers

Sandra Braman, Abbott Professor of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University

Those responsible for technical design of the Internet are… More

Feb 14, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Hyperloop Law: Autonomy, Infrastructure, and Transportation Startups

featuring General Counsel of Hyperloop One, Marvin Ammori

The future of transportation may include Google's autonomous vehicles, Uber's flying cars, and Amazon's delivery drones--all bound together by a high-speed hyperloop backbone. You… More

Feb 7, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Bottom-up Constitutionalism: The Case of Net Neutrality

with Christoph Graber, Berkman Klein Faculty Associate

Can we observe the emergence of a new fundamental right that is protecting the Internet? Can such a constitutionalisation process originate from civil society? More

Jan 26, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Free Independent Health Records

featuring Adrian Gropper, MD

Free Independent Health Records are an important use-case for self-sovereign technology that links individual people with licensed practitioners and connected services. Blockchain… 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

Apr 15, 2014 @ 12:30 PM

Ethereum: Freenet or Skynet ?

Primavera De Filippi, Berkman Center Fellow

Ethereum: smart contracts, distributed autonomous organizations, and the law. Can the dreams of an autonomous decentralized society be implemented through the tyranny of code? More

May 4, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

Filling the News Gap in Cambridge and Beyond: Citizen Journalism and Grassroots Media

The event will explore the quickly expanding world of citizen journalism: how technology is fueling its growth; how that growth is changing the way we see our world, enact change,… More

May 30, 2012 @ 6:00 PM

Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems

John Palfrey and Urs Gasser

John Palfrey and Urs Gasser discussed their new book on Interoperability book and its themes. More

May 29, 2012 @ 12:30 PM

Making large volunteer-driven projects sustainable. Lessons learned from Drupal

Dries Buytaert, original creator and project lead of Drupal

In this talk, Dries shares his experiences on how he grew the Drupal community from just one person to over 800,000 members over the past 10 years. More

Apr 23, 2012 @ 9:00 AM

Rethink Music Conference 2012

Rethink Music is a hands-on conference designed to bring music stakeholders together to discuss business models for the future, examine copyright challenges in the digital era,… More

Apr 3, 2012 @ 12:30 PM

The Growth and Decay of Shared Knowledge

Dennis Tenen, fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society

In this talk, Dennis will discuss our intuitions about knowledge domains and the methods by which such intuitions could be modeled empirically. Along the way, we will have the… More

Feb 21, 2012 @ 12:30 PM

The Promises of Web-based Social Experiments

Jerome Hergueux, Berkman Center Fellow

In this talk, Jerome Hergueux will engage the audience in a discussion about the specificities, limitations and promises of web-based behavioral experiments for advancing social… More

Jan 31, 2012 @ 12:30 PM

Designing for Remixing: Computer-supported Social Creativity

Andres Monroy-Hernandez, Berkman Fellow & MIT Media Lab

In this talk Andres Monroy-Hernandez presents a framework for the design and study of an online community of amateur creators. This event will be webcast live at 12:30PM ET. More

Nov 22, 2011 @ 12:30 PM

The Spanish Revolution & the Internet: From free culture to meta-politics

Mayo Fuster Morell, Berkman Center Fellow

In the context of multiple crises – ecological, political, financial and geopolitical restructuring – large mobilizations are taking place in several countries. In the Spanish… More

Oct 22, 2011 @ 9:00 AM

Media Law in the Digital Age: The Rules Have Changed -- Again

Co-produced by the Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Kennesaw State's Center for Sustainable Journalism, Media Law in the Digital… More

Oct 18, 2011 @ 6:00 PM

The Penguin and the Leviathan: How Cooperation Triumphs over Self-Interest

Yochai Benkler, Berkman Center Faculty Co-Director

In his new book, Yochai Benkler uses evidence from neuroscience, economics, sociology, biology, and real-world examples to break down the myth of self-interest and replace it with… More

Oct 11, 2011 @ 12:30 PM

Almost Wikipedia: What Eight Collaborative Encyclopedia Projects Reveal About Mechanisms of Collective Action

Benjamin Mako Hill, Berkman Center & MIT

Benjamin Mako Hill will present some preliminary findings from a qualitative, inductive, case-study based analysis of 8 early projects to create online collaborative encyclopedias. 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

May 16, 2011 @ 9:00 AM

Global Interoperability and Linked Data Workshop

On May 16-17, 2011, the Berkman Center together with Open Knowledge Commons and the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam convened a group of technical and… More

Apr 25, 2011 @ 10:00 AM

Rethink Music Conference

For the Berklee College of Music's Rethink Music conference, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University hosted a Call for Papers seeking policy proposals that… More

Nov 4, 2010 @ 12:00 PM

The Cablevision Case - 2 Years Later: A Conversation About Copyright, Content, and the Cloud

R. David Hosp, Goodwin Procter LLP & Ed Weiss, New England Sports Ventures

The Berkman Center's Cyberlaw Clinic and Harvard Law School's Journal of Law and Technology present a conversation about 2008's landmark "Cablevision" case, in which the Second… More

Nov 2, 2010 @ 12:30 PM

The Online Laboratory: Taking Experimental Social Science onto the Internet

Dave Rand, Berkman Fellow & Research Scientist at Harvard's Program for Evolutionary Dynamics

In this talk Dave Rand will describe how to go about designing and running experiments using Mechanical Turk, some successful experiments that have been run (mostly involving… More

Sep 25, 2010 @ 9:00 AM

Media Law in the Digital Age: The Rules Have Changed, Have You?

We're pleased to announce that the Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard's Berkman Center and the Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University are co-hosting a… 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

Jun 8, 2010 @ 12:30 PM

Preliminary Conclusions from The Industrial Cooperation Project

Carolina Rossini, Berkman Fellow

Carolina Rossini, Berkman Fellow, will report initial findings and conclusions from the Industrial Cooperation Project... More

Apr 9, 2010 @ 9:00 AM

Symposium: Journalism's Digital Transition: Unique Legal Challenges and Opportunities

The Berkman Center's Citizen Media Law Project and Cyberlaw Clinic are pleased to announce a one-day symposium and CLE program to celebrate the launch of the Online Media Legal… More

Apr 5, 2010 @ 12:30 PM

Old Habits Die Hard: Can Technology Change Deception?

Jeff Hancock, Cornell University

In this talk, Jeff will consider some of the myths commonly held about deception, and use the intersection of technology and deception to surface and rethink our assumptions about… More

Mar 22, 2010 @ 12:30 PM

Transforming the Last Mile State

How Vermont can leapfrog a technology generation and lead the nation in connectivity, transparency and innovation.

Matt Dunne, former State Senator, Head of Community Affairs for Google and current candidate for Vermont Governor will share his vision for Vermont becoming the first truly 21st… More

Mar 8, 2010 @ 12:30 PM

The hierarchy of virtue: mutualism, altruism, and signaling in Martu women’s cooperative hunting

Rebecca Bliege Bird, Stanford University

Rebecca Bliege Bird will discuss the question "Why do Martu women hunt cooperatively when they don't seem to benefit economically from doing so?" and suggests that demonstrating a… More

Feb 22, 2010 @ 12:30 PM

Whither Blind Justice? Effects of Physiognomy on Judicial Decisions

Leslie Zebrowitz, Brandeis University

Research shows that peoples’ facial appearance influences impressions of their honesty and judgments of their culpability, effects that have been shown to bias decisions in the… More

Feb 8, 2010 @ 12:30 PM

Signaling Theory and the Evolution of Religion

Richard Sosis, director of the Evolution, Cognition, and Culture Program at the University of Connecticut

Researchers from diverse disciplines have suggested that rituals and other religious behaviors serve as signals of an individual's commitment to a religious group, and some have… More

Jan 25, 2010 @ 12:30 PM

Transformed Social Interaction in Virtual Reality

Jeremy Bailenson, founding director of Stanford University's Virtual Human Interaction Lab and an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford

In this talk, Jeremy will describe a series of projects that explore the manners in which avatars (representations of people in virtual environments) qualitatively change the… More

Jan 11, 2010 @ 12:30 PM

Brain Bases of Deception: Why We Probably Will Never Have a Perfect Lie Detector

Stephen M. Kosslyn, Dean of Social Science and John Lindsley Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and Associate Psychologist in the Department of Neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital

Different brain systems are used when one produces lies in different ways, such as by fabricating lies spontaneously "on the fly" versus fabricating them on the basis of a… More

Nov 30, 2009 @ 12:30 PM

The Social Efficiency of Fairness

Marshall Van Alstyne, Associate Professor at Boston University and Research Scientist at MIT

Property rights provide incentives to create information but they also provide incentives to hoard it prior to the award of protection. Marshall Van Alstyne will propose a… More

Nov 17, 2009 @ 12:30 PM

Kudunomics: Information and Property Rights in the Weightless Economy

Sam Bowles, Santa Fe Institute, Behavioral Sciences Program

Sam Bowles will discuss how an evolutionary model and computer simulations will show how systems of property rights might respond to the challenges of the weightless economy. More

Nov 16, 2009 @ 12:30 PM

Big Data, Global Development, and Complex Social Systems

Nathan Eagle, Omidyar Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute

Petabytes of data about human movements, transactions, and communication patterns are continuously being generated by everyday technologies such as mobile phones and credit cards… More

Oct 6, 2009 @ 12:30 PM

Cloud Law, Finance 3.0, and Digital Institutions: A Report from the Berkman Center's Law Lab

John Clippinger, Urs Gasser, and Oliver Goodenough

The Berkman Center Law Lab is a project devoted to investigating and harness the varied forces — evolutionary, social, psychological, neurological and economic — that shape the… More

Jul 7, 2009 @ 12:30 PM

HIT me baby one more time, Or: How I learned to stop worrying and love Amazon Mechanical Turk

Aaron Shaw, Berkman Center Fellow

Aaron Shaw will discuss who's using Amazon's Mechanical Turk, its implications for social scientists, the future of labor markets, and life on the Internet as we know it. More

Jun 9, 2009 @ 12:30 PM

The Second and Third Enclosures

Lewis Hyde, Berkman Fellow

In his lunchtime talk, Lewis Hyde will trace the roots of the second enclosure (it goes back at least to the invention of printing); he will describe traditional forms of… More

May 20, 2009 @ 6:00 PM

Harvard-MIT-Yale Cyberscholar Working Group

Aaron Shaw - Polanyi's Penguin? Commons-Based Industry in the Neoliberal Knowledge Economy; Colleen Kaman - The World in the Network; Rasmus Kleis Nielsen - Mundane Tools and… More

May 12, 2009 @ 12:30 PM

How Shall the Commons Be Governed? New Challenges Facing the Digital Commons Sector

David Bollier, Author of "Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own"

David Bollier will discuss the rise of the commons paradigm in the digital environment, the subject of his new book, "Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of… More

Apr 22, 2009 @ 12:15 PM

The End of Lawyers? The End of Law Schools?

Professor Richard Susskind, Author of "The End of Lawyers?" and IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England

Professor Richard Susskind predicts that the legal profession will be driven by two forces in the coming decade: by a market pull towards the commoditization of legal services,… More

Apr 13, 2009 @ 12:30 PM

Law for a Flat World: Building Legal Infrastructure for the New Economy

Gillian K Hadfield of USC

Gillian K Hadfield on how and why our legal infrastructure is outdated and ill-suited to the new economy, looking mostly to the non-market or protected-market mechanisms on which… More

Feb 25, 2009 @ 12:30 PM

The "Internet" of the developing world: using GSM networks to secure information

Ashifi Gogo, Dartmouth College

Ashifi Gogo will discuss the growing demand for information services on GSM and the innovative services being developed around mobile phones in the developing world. More

Feb 3, 2009 @ 12:30 PM

ISTTF: Enhancing Child Safety and Online Technologies

John Palfrey, danah boyd, Dena Sacco, Laura DeBonis

John Palfrey, danah boyd, Dena Sacco, Laura DeBonis, directors of the recently concluded Internet Safety Technical Task Force, discuss the findings and recommendations from the… 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

Nov 24, 2008 @ 4:00 PM

Participatory Governance: In open source communities, companies and government

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger is a Visiting Professor of Engineering Systems at MIT, where he is involved in multi-disciplinary research and teaching activities focused on how… More

Nov 12, 2008 @ 2:00 PM

The Google-Publishers Copyright Lawsuit Settlement

Join Jeffrey Cunard, one of the lead counsel for McGraw Hill and other publishers in their landmark copyright lawsuit against Google for its Google Library book search project, as… 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 30, 2008 @ 1:30 PM

Armchair Revolutionary: Crowdsourcing Global Social Change

Ariel Hauter and Ori Neidich

We all want to make the world a better place, but we're discouraged from giving money and volunteer time to charities due to several layers of obstacles: transparency, efficacy,… More

Sep 25, 2008 @ 6:30 PM

Giant Robots, Circumvention, and the Digital Millenium Copyright Act

StorageTek v. CHE, a technical talk by Christian Hicks, Elysium Digital

Christian Hicks, founder of Elysium Digital, discussed the case StorageTek v. CHE. This talk was co-sponsored by the Berkman Cyberlaw Clinic, the Harvard Computer Society, and the… More

Sep 23, 2008 @ 10:00 AM

Internet Safety Technical Task Force (ISTTF) Open Meeting

The Berkman Center hosted a day and a half-long public meeting of the Internet Safety Technical Task Force. More

May 6, 2008 @ 1:30 PM

Citizen Media Law Project @ 1

David Ardia, Sam Bayard, Tuna Chatterjee

David Ardia, Sam Bayard, and Tuna Chatterjee of CMLP discussed trends in online publishing and previewed the CMLP database of subpeonas, cease-and-desist letters, and other… More

Feb 19, 2008 @ 12:30 PM

The Pros and Cons of an 'Educational Fair Use' Project

Lewis Hyde, Berkman Fellow

Lewis Hyde, Berkman Fellow, spoke on "The Pros and Cons of an 'Educational Fair Use' Project" and how fiar use can be reclaimed as an expressive right. More

Nov 16, 2007 @ 12:48 AM

Breaking Down Digital Barriers

John Palfrey and Urs Gasser Present New Research on Interoperability

This joint report followed the Roadmap to Open ICT Ecosystems released in 2005, as it navigates the nuanced territory of consumer, corporate, and governmental interests in the… More

Apr 17, 2007 @ 12:30 PM

Sacked by Copyright: DMCA Takedowns and Free Expression

Wendy Seltzer, Berkman Fellow

Wendy Seltzer, founder of Chilling Effects, discussed "Sacked by Copyright: DMCA Takedowns and Free Expression." More

Mar 8, 2007 @ 1:22 AM

Innovation, Interoperability, and IP

Brad Smith, General Counsel of Microsoft

General Counsel of Microsoft, Brad Smith, discussed ", Interoperability, and IP" More

Jul 12, 2005 @ 12:30 PM

H2O Playlists Public Beta Release

Berkman H2O Team

Berkman Luncheon Series: 7/12/05 - Berkman H2O team on H2O Playlists Public Beta Release More

Dec 4, 2003 @ 12:30 PM

ICT and Education in Panama

Colin Maclay, Managing Director of the Berkman Center

Berkman Luncheon Series: 12/4/03 - Colin Maclay on ICT and Education in Panama More


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Fellows Advisory Board

Wendy Seltzer

Fellows Advisory Board

Jake Shapiro

Fellows Advisory Board

David Weinberger

Fellows Advisory Board

Ethan Zuckerman

Fellows Advisory Board