Upcoming Conference: BlogNashville

BlogNashville is a three-day series of educational and informational sessions on blogging sponsored by the Media Bloggers Association. The inspiration for the event is former Berkman fellow Dave Winer's BloggerCon at Harvard and Stanford.  Issues to be discussed at BlogNashville are citizen media, faith-based blogging, PODcasting, local politics, international blogging, military blogging, and creating blogosopheres in developing countries.

Berkman Luncheon Series

Jimmy Wales will speak today in the Berkman Center conference room as part of the Berkman luncheon series.  The lunch starts at 12:30.  If you RSVP'd for the event, you may want to come early to grab a seat because the room will be near capacity.  Wales created wikipedia -- a wiki based encyclopedia -- in 2001, the world's largest and most comprehensive encyclopedia to date.  Wales is also an incoming fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

Public Lecture tomorrow with Jimmy Wales

Jimmy Wales will give a public lecture tomorrow night in Pound 101 at 8:30pm.  Wales created wikipedia -- a wiki based encyclopedia -- in 2001, the world's largest and most comprehensive encyclopedia to date.  Wales is an incoming fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.  To learn more about Wales, find out more through his wikipedia entry.  Wales' lecture tomorrow at noon at the Berkman Center is already full -- if you weren't able to fit in, make sure to come tomorrow night.

"Everything Bad Is Good For You -- How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter"

Langdell North, Thursday, April 28 at 7pm: Steven Johnson will speak about his upcoming book and spirited defense of videogames, television, and reality programming, "Everything Bad Is Good for You: Why Pop Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter."  Johnson is currently a contributing editor for Wired and a monthly columnist for Discover magazine, writing about politics, media, science, and technology.

China Internet Censorship Report in the Press

The Berkman Center offers a congrats and thank you to the OpenNet Initiative analysts behind, "Internet Filtering in China in 2004-2005" -- Ronald Deibert, Director of the Citizen Lab, University of Toronto; Rafal Rohozinski, Director of the Advanced Network Security Group, University of Cambridge; Jonathan Zittrain, Faculty Co-Director of the Berkman Center; John Palfrey, Executive Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society; Nart Villeneuve, Director of Technical Research at the Citizen Lab; and Derek Bambauer, Berkman Center Fellow.The OpenNet Initiative report, "Internet Filtering in China in 2004-2005" has been widely reported on since ONI's presentation yesterday before the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission's Capitol Hill Hearing.  Check out AP's coverage at ABC News, Reuters, and TechTreeDaily.com.

ONI Report Released Today at US-China Commission's Public Hearing

Right now the OpenNet Initiative is releasing its long-awaited report, "Internet Filtering in China in 2004-2005," at the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission's Public Hearing on China's State Control Mechanisms and Methods.  "Internet Filtering in China in 2004-2005" documents the degree to which the Chinese government controls and manipulates the information environment in which its citizens live, including websites, blogs, email, and online discussion forums.

Looking back at Signal or Noise I

Signal or Noise II marks five years since the first Signal or Noise conference, which focused on the future of music on the internet.  Signal or Noise I was a groundbreaking conference organized by Glenn Otis Brown – credited by many as the person who got the internet talking about digital music - and Meg Smith, now a Berkman Center fellow in the Digital Media Project.

Ninth Circuit Protects Online Speech

In a significant victory for free speech on the Internet, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday held that “the noncommercial use of a trademark as the domain name of a website - the subject of which is consumer commentary about the products and services represented by the mark - does not constitute infringement” under the federal trademark laws.

Berkman Luncheon Series

Cindy Webb, a former technology reporter and columnist for washingtonpost.com, will lead today's Berkman Luncheon Series.  Webb will talk about the challenges, differences (and joys) of writing and self-publishing a blog and taking the blogging plunge after working for mainstream media publications.

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