On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University presented Property Law and the Blockchain, a talk by Patrick Murck, co-founder of the Bitcoin Foundation. This is the first of series that aims to explore unpacks the legal complications of this fascinating new technology. Video is below.
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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.
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.
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University today announced the launch of a new online, open access curriculum, “Copyright for Librarians”
developed in conjunction with eIFL.net [Electronic Information for Librarians]. “Copyright for Librarians” aims to inform librarians about copyright law in general, as well as the aspects of copyright law that most affect libraries, especially those in developing and transition countries.
EmanciPay is a new way for media to make money. It’s a choosing system — one by which readers, listeners and viewers can easily choose to pay whatever they like, whenever they like, for the media goods they use — and to do that on their own terms, and not just those of media suppliers’ arcane systems.
The idea is to build a new marketplace for media - one where supply and demand can relate, converse and transact business on mutually beneficial terms, rather than only on terms provided by thousands of different silo’d systems, each serving to hold the customer captive, and causing much inconvenience and friction in the process.
EmanciPay is a breed of VRM, or Vendor Relationship Management. VRM is the reciprocal of CRM or Customer Relationship Management. VRM provides customers with tools for engaging with vendors in ways that work for both parties. EmanciPay is one of those tools. Or a set of them.
ProjectVRM is a research and development project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. It was created by Doc Searls, a fellow at the Center, to encourage VRM development and to conduct research on its premises and its progress.
On February 25, 2010, Lawrence Lessig will deliver a talk on fair use and politics in online video from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA. Come in person, or tune in to a live webcast at http://openvideoalliance.org/lessig.
In conjunction with the Cambridge event, OVA is hosting screenings in cities around the world. Many of these screenings will be followed by special presentations. In New York, check out a curation by the ReMixed Media Festival. In Los Angeles, take part in a Critical Commons workshop. If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, check out a live audiovisual demonstration by Eclectic Method at Stanford Law School. For more details, or to host your own event, visit http://openvideoalliance.org/lessig.
Lessig’s talk will explore copyright in a digital age, and the importance of a doctrine like fair use for free expression on the Internet. Fair use allows limited use of copyrighted material without requiring permission from the rights holders, and is essential for commentary, criticism, news reporting, remix, research, teaching and scholarship with video. As a medium, online video will be most powerful when it is fluid, like a conversation. Like the rest of the internet, online video must be designed to encourage participation, not just passive consumption.
The Open Video Alliance is teaming up with the Harvard Berkman Center to deliver a global webcast of a talk by Lawrence Lessig. It’s happening February 25th from 6:00 to 7:30 EST, live from Cambridge, MA. OVA has arranged screening events around the world. The hometown premiere event in New York will feature a live DJ, video mashup presentations, free food and tons of guests.
This is a talk about copyright in a digital age, and the role (and importance) of a doctrine like “fair use.” Fair use allows limited use of copyrighted material without requiring permission from the rights holders, and is essential for commentary, criticism, news reporting, remix, research, teaching and scholarship with video. As a medium, online video will be most powerful when it is fluid, like a conversation. Like the rest of the internet, online video must be designed to encourage creative expression and political participation, not just passive consumption.
The lecture will last 45 minutes and will be followed by an interactive Q & A. The event will be moderated by Elizabeth Stark of the Open Video Alliance. Questions can be submitted using the hashtag #wireside.
In New York, the event held at The Open Planning Project will feature special guests from the ReMixed Media Festival 2010, and Streetfilms.
For more information, or to find out about screenings in other locations, visit the Open Video Alliance at http://openvideoalliance.org/event/lessig/.
RSVP below or at http://openvideoalliance.org/event/newyorkrsvp/.
The Wireside Chat is made possible with the support of iCommons and the Ford Foundation.
Use the hashtag #wireside leading up to the event and to participate in the interactive Q & A.
Configuring the Networked Self – Julie Cohen
Tuesday, January 26, 12:30 pm
Berkman Faculty Fellow and HLS Visiting Professor Julie Cohen will discuss a chapter from her forthcoming book, which explores the effects of expanding copyright, pervasive surveillance, and the increasingly opaque design of network architectures in the emerging networked information society. The chapter argues that “access to knowledge” is a necessary but insufficient condition for human flourishing, and adds two additional conditions.
[report and more details: here]
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
REVIEW AND DISCUSSION OF BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT RESEARCH
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Introduction of Workshop:
Panel 1 – Berkman Report: ‘Next Generation Connectivity: A Review of Broadband Internet Transitions and Policy from Around the World’
Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies, Harvard
Legal Director, Public Knowledge
Professor of Law & Economics, Director of the Information Economy Project, George Mason University School of Law
As part of the FCC’s development of the National Broadband Plan, the Commission requested two independent studies, one from Harvard’s Berkman Center on the existing studies about broadband deployment throughout the world, and the other from CITI on projected deployment of new and upgraded broadband networks. The CITI report, “Broadband in America: Where It Is and Where It is Going,” is authored by Bob Atkinson, Director of Policy Research, and Ivy Schultz, Manager of Research.
On December 10, the FCC will hold a workshop in the Commission Meeting Room where the authors of the two studies will provide an overview of their findings. The review of the Berkman report will start at 1:00pm, and CITI’s report start at about 1:45pm.
More information and registration details can be found here.
The Berkman Report
The CITI report
Rob Faris, the OpenNet Initiative’s Research Director and John Palfrey, one of the project’s Principal Investigators, lead a discussion of Internet filtering and provided a glimpse of the results of ONI’s first global survey of Internet censorship.
In the last year ONI has studied forty countries and found a substantial increase in Internet censorship, colored by complex and dynamic political, legal and social processes. The research will be documented in the forthcoming MIT Press book: Access Denied: the Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering.
The OpenNet Initiative is a partnership between the Citizen Lab at the Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, the Advanced Network Research Group at the Cambridge Security Programme at Cambridge University, and the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford.