Today, July 14 2015, Professor Olivier Sylvain of Fordham Law School presented his Feb 2015 paper Network Equality in a lunchtime talk at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.One of the few clear priorities of the federal Communications Act is to ensure that all Americans have reasonably comparable access to the Internet without respect to whom or where they are. Yet, in spite of this, the main focus of policymakers and legal scholars in Internet policy today has been on promoting innovation, a concept that Congress barely invokes in the statute. The flagship regulatory intervention for this approach is “network neutrality,” a rule that forbids Internet providers from blocking or interfering with users’ connections. The paper critiques the prevailing approach and calls for a fundamental return to the distributional equality principle at the heart of communications law. While it has virtue, the singular focus on innovation could starkly exacerbate existing racial, ethnic, and class disparities because the quality of users’ Internet connections refract through those persistent demographic variables. Video is below.
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On January 13, 2014 the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University presented a talk – The Great Firewall Inverts – saying:
The world is witnessing a massive expansion of Chinese telecommunications reach and influence, powered entirely by users choosing to participate in it. In Usage of the mobile messaging app WeChat (微信 Weixin), for example, has skyrocketed not only inside China, but outside, as well. Due to these systems being built upon proprietary protocols and software, their inner workings are largely opaque and mostly insecure. (WeChat has full permission to activate microphones and cameras, track GPS, access user contacts and photos, and copy all of this data at any time to their servers.)
In this talk, Nathan Freitas — Berkman Fellow, director of technology strategy and training at the Tibet Action Institute. and leader of the Guardian Project — questions the risks to privacy and security foreign users engage in when adopting apps from Chinese companies. Do the Chinese companies behind these services have any market incentive or legal obligation to protect the privacy of their non-Chinese global userbase? Do they willingly or automatically turn over all data to the Ministry of Public Security or State Internet Information Office? Will we soon see foreign users targeted or prosecuted due to “private” data shared on WeChat? And is there any fundamental difference in the impact on privacy freedom for an American citizen using WeChat versus a Chinese citizen using WhatsApp or Google?
Video is below:
Watch on YouTube: http://youtu.be/KEJGqNf2rgk
Transcribe on AMARA: http://amara.org/en/videos/QXtvLEbkPhRP/
Download video: http://wilkins.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheons/2015-01-13_frietas/2015-01-13_frietas853.mov
Download audio: http://wilkins.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheons/2015-01-13_frietas/2015-01-13_frietas.mp3
Twitter: @berkmancenter + Firewall
VIDEO: Intelligence Gathering and the #Unowned Internet @BerkmanCenter #surveillance #netfreedom #nsa
On April 8 2014 the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University hosted a discussion –Intelligence Gathering and the Unowned Internet. The long-term viability of an unowned, open Internet remains in question. Any analysis of where the Internet is headed as a protocol and a platform must take into account the activities of both public and private entities that see the Internet as a source of intelligence — and a field of contention. This meeting aimed to leverage perspectives from inside and outside the U.S. intelligence community to bring some clarity to a discussion often rife with confusion. Participants included: Yochai Benkler, Berkman Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School; John DeLong, Director of Compliance, National Security Agency; Anne Neuberger, Commercial Solutions Center Director, National Security Agency; Bruce Schneier, CTO of CO3 Systems and Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society; Jonathan Zittrain, Co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Terry Fisher. Wilmer Hale Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Harvard Law School and Faculty Director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society moderated the discussion. Video is below:
WEBCAST TODAY: 2014 High-Level Conferences on ICT and the Internet: What Do They Mean? w/ @Veni Markovski @BerkmanCenter #governance
Today Tuesday February 4 2014 Veni Markovski, ICANN VP for Russia, CIS, and Eastern Europe, President of ISOC’s Bulgarian Chapter, will present 2014 High-Level Conferences on ICT and the Internet: What Do They Mean for the Internet As We Know It?, a talk in the Berkman Institute’s lunchtime series at Harvard Law School. The talk will be webcast live by the Berkman Center.
What: 2014 High-Level Conferences on ICT and the Internet: What Do They Mean for the Internet As We Know It?
Where: Berkman Institute, Boston
When: Tuesday February 4 2014 12.30pm-2.00pm EST | 1730-1900 UTC
Twitter: @Veni | @BerkmanCenter
VIDEO: Derek Khanna on Disruptive Innovation in Washington, DC @DerekKhanna @BerkmanCenter #copyright
On April 9 2013 the Berkman Center hosted Derek Khanna talking about Disruptive Innovation in Washington, DC. Khanna gained notoriety late in 2012 after his paper ‘Three Myths about Copyright Reform and How to Fix it.‘ for the Republican Study Committee was later repudiated. This year he notably pushed the successful White House petition against cell phone unlocking prohibition, and spoke at Freedom-to-Connect. In this talk Khanna presents a strategy to address real and systemic problems related to technology and antiquated legislation, by re-framing the policy questions, winning small battles, and developing a working coalition to achieve positive technology policy reforms in an otherwise complacent Congress.
Tonight, Monday February 18 2013, the Free Culture Alliance NYC will meet at the monthly OpenITP Techno-Activism Third Monday. As well as the usual food and drink the featured presented will be Jeff Hermes, Director, Digital Media Law Project, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, who will provide activists with advice and tools that will help them minimize their risks and protect themselves and understand their online rights.
What: February Techno-Activism 3rd Monday
When: Monday, February 18, 2012 at 6:00 PM (EST)
Where: New America Foundation, 199 Lafayette Street, Suite 3b. NYC
Webcast: Will be recorded.
Twitter: #TA3M : @OpenITP
Contact: Sandra @ firstname.lastname@example.org
VIDEO: Susan Crawford “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age” #CaptiveAudience #telecomreform
Ever since, in Feb 2011 at NYU, Susan Crawford presented a preview – The Big Squeeze: The Looming Cable Monopoly – of her upcoming book, publication of same has been eagerly awaited. It would, one hoped and expected, be an eyeopener, shaking the complacency of the underserved and gouged United States public, serving as the catalyst, the herald, of a popular movement to demand telecom reform and fairer, faster, broader High Speed Internet options for all.
Now, at last, retitled “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age” the book is in our hands. Let the fireworks begin!
John Palfrey (Harvard Law School) discusses Net Neutrality with Jérémie Zimmermann (La Quadrature du Net) at Open World Forum 2011 :
@BerkmanCenter and @StanfordLaw call for ‘Ideas for a Better Internet’ – deadline 4/15 @Ideas4BetterNet
The Berkman Center at Harvard University and Stanford Law School are
pleased to announce a new initiative in which we invite the world to
submit their ‘Ideas for a Better Internet.’ We are seeking out brief
proposals from anyone with ideas as to how to improve the Internet.
Students at Harvard and Stanford will work through early next year to
implement the ideas selected. Interested parties should submit their
ideas at http://bit.ly/i4bicfp by Friday, April 15. Please spread the
word far and wide, and follow us on Twitter at
Audio recording of a panel discussion on Digital Media and Popular Uprisings featuring Ethan Zuckerman of Global Voices and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Jillian York of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and Suren Moodliar of Massachusetts Global Action and the Majority Agenda Project on March 31, 2011 at the University Hall Amphitheater at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, USA. The event was sponsored by Open Media Boston and Lesley University. 40 people were in attendance.