Jun 3 2014 12:30pm to Jun 3 2014 12:30pm

Berkman Luncheon Series

Framing the Law & Policy Picture: A Snapshot of K-12 Cloud-Based Ed Tech & Student Privacy in Early 2014

Leah Plunkett, Alicia Solow-Niederman, and Urs Gasser

The Berkman Center’s Student Privacy Initiative team presents a snapshot of K-12 cloud-based ed tech and student privacy in early 2014 before turning to pragmatic law and policy recommendations for protecting both student privacy and the generative potential of cloud-based ed tech.

New Publication: Community Fiber in Washington, D.C., Seattle, and San Francisco

Developments and Lessons Learned

This report provides detailed accounts of planning carried out in connection with community fiber networks in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, CA, and Seattle, WA. It includes information about existing fiber assets that the cities identified, funding mechanisms that were considered, and roadblocks that were encountered. The authors' hope is that this report will be helpful to other cities that are considering launching fiber optic networks.

May 20 2014 6:00pm to May 20 2014 6:00pm

Book Launch: The Social Machine

Judith Donath, Berkman Center Fellow

Computers were first conceived as “thinking machines,” but in the twenty-first century they have become social machines, online places where people meet friends, play games, and collaborate on projects. In her new book, The Social Machine: Designs for Online Living, Judith Donath argues persuasively that for social media to become truly sociable media, we must design interfaces that reflect how we understand and respond to the social world.

May 20 2014 12:30pm to May 20 2014 12:30pm

Berkman Luncheon Series

You, me, and my computer

with Lauren McCarthy, artist and programmer

Can we use technology to help us be more human? What if a computer could understand and make decisions about our social relationships better than we could ourselves?

May 13 2014 12:30pm to May 13 2014 12:30pm

Berkman Luncheon Series

Does Size Matter? A Tale of Performing Welfare, Producing Bodies and Faking Identity

Malavika Jayaram, Berkman Fellow

By offering a perspective that is somewhat different from the traditional western focus of privacy, Malavika Jayaram hopes to generate a more inclusive discourse about what it means to be autonomous and empowered in the face of paternalistic development projects. She will highlight, in particular, the varied ways in which the project is already being subverted and re-purposed, in ways that are humorous and poignant.


New Internet Monitor report: "Blogs as an Alternative Public Sphere"

The Role of Blogs, Mainstream Media, and TV in Russia’s Media Ecology

Internet Monitor is delighted to announce the publication of "Blogs as an Alternative Public Sphere: The Role of Blogs, Mainstream Media, and TV in Russia’s Media Ecology," the third in a series of special reports that focus on key events and new developments in Internet controls and online activity.