How do we balance the empowering possibilities of the networked public sphere with the dark, unsettling, and even dangerous energies of cyberspace? Matthew Battles — author, cofounder of the blog HiLobrow.com, and program fellow with metaLAB (at) Harvard — blends a deep-historical perspective on the internet with storytelling that reaches into its weird, uncanny depths. The feral is a metaphor — and maybe more than just a metaphor — for thriving in cyberspace, a habitat that changes too rapidly for anyone truly to be native. This talk weaves critical and reflective discussion of online experience with a short story from Battles' new collection, The Sovereignties of Invention.
The Berkman Center's Interactive collection features conversations with and talks by leading cyber-scholars, entrepreneurs, activists, and policymakers as they explore topics such as: the factors that influence knowledge creation and dissemination in the digital age; the character of power as the worlds of governance, business, citizenship, and the media meet the Internet; and the opportunities, role, and limitations of new technologies in learning.
All Berkman events, including conferences, luncheon series talks, and most meetings, are webcast then archived here, along with unique productions like the Citizen Media Law Project podcast and episodes of Berkman.tv. A selection of the archive is also available on Berkman's YouTube channel.
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James Gleick — author of a half-dozen books on science, technology, and culture — discusses his latest book The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood, with Jonathan Zittrain.
The Youth and Media team offers a webinar with the McCormick
Foundation Journalism program to discuss findings from the recent
report "Youth and Digital Media: From Credibility to Information Quality."
Within the past thirty years the rise of a new style of worship, coined “megachurch,” has transformed the American religious landscape, by blending audio, visual, and communications technologies within postmodern architectures, megachurches radically re-imagine Christianity.
In this talk Erica Robles-Anderson — Assistant Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University — reads megachurches as part of late 20th century shift towards conducting collective life in increasingly mobile, mediated, and distributed arrangements.
ICT4D (Information Communication Technology for Development) powerfully frames women’s grassroots video production in the Global South, much of which is distributed widely through YouTube. Often, these videos reproduce racialized and gendered discourses - legacies of colonialism - in their narratives of economic, social, and technological progress. However, there are also videos by women’s groups that defy both the historical linearity and spatial fragmentation of the ICT4D framework, and instead remix, reclassify, and globally reconnect women’s experiences in the contemporary moment. In this talk Dalida María Benfield — artist, activist, and Berkman Center fellow — discusses how ICT4D videos make compelling claims for other historical narratives and visions for women’s future lives, identities, and uses of information communication technologies.
Newly empowered musicians now find themselves juggling dozens of career-related responsibilities, from booking their own shows to composing witty tweets. How are today’s musicians balancing it all and, even more critical, how have these changes impacted their earning capacity?
Kristin Thomson — independent record label owner and Consultant for the Future of Music Coalition — and Erin McKeown — internationally known musician and Berkman Fellow — discuss the changing landscape for musicians and music fans, focussing on how musicians are managing their assets, building teams and allocating their time in an increasingly networked world, and drawing on data collected through FMC’s groundbreaking Artist Revenue Streams project, a multi-method, cross-genre examination of musicians' and composers' revenue streams in the US.
Knowledge grows, but it also contracts as outmoded facts and theories are replaced with new ones. Dennis Tenen — a literary scholar, recovering software engineer, and fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society — discusses our intuitions about knowledge domains and the methods by which such intuitions could be modeled empirically.
Virginia Heffernan — columnist, national correspondent for Yahoo News, and author of the soon-to-be-released Magic and Loss: The Pleasures of the Internet — discusses analog culture, digital culture and what's next.
Every day we hear about privacy issues surrounding Facebook, Google, mobile apps, smartphones, Big Data and data brokers.
The Berkman Center's John Palfrey engages Julie Brill — Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission who focuses on policy and enforcement initiatives in the area of online privacy and data security — in a conversation on privacy and digital communications technology.
The historic events of the last year, from Egypt to #Occupy to the SOPA debate, have breathed new life into the idea of open government fueled by technology. At the same time, a new spectre of new cutting edge surveillance states has arisen, where digital autocracies apply filtering, propaganda and tracking technologies to suppress speech, distort public opinion and capture or kill dissidents and protestors. In this talk on the power of platforms, Alexander B. Howard — the Government 2.0 Washington Correspondent for O'Reilly Media — talks about where the principles and technologies that built the Internet and World Wide Web are being integrated into government and society — and by whom.
Urs Gasser reflects on the morning sessions of #truthicon and distills, maps, and presents some of the more salient threads, particularly with regards to Information Quality.
From the Truthiness Conference at Harvard University, March 6, 2012.
Melanie Sloan of Citizens Responsibility and Ethics in Washington discusses how well-funded organizations take the lead in the spread misinformation.
From the Truthiness Conference at Harvard University, March 6, 2012. More information here: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/truthiness/
Christian Sandvig of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Esther Hargittai of Northwestern University discuss some strategies to help people assess the veracity and spin of online sources.
The use of new media by governments around the world to engage the general public more directly in actual policy making raises significant questions of democratic theory and practice.
Peter M. Shane — Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law at the Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law — discusses his ongoing research on two of these questions: Under what circumstances might online consultation actually make democratic participation more meaningful? What role could the regular availability of online consultation play in engineering an information and communication ecology more genuinely supportive of democratic information flow?
Photo by flickr user jdlasica
The advent of the internet provides social scientists with a fantastic tool for conducting behavioral experiments online at a very large-scale and at an affordable cost. It is surprising, however, how little research has leveraged the affordances of the internet to set up such social experiments so far.
Jerome Hergueux — a PhD candidate in Economics at Sciences Po Paris and the University of Strasbourg, and a Berkman Fellow — presents the preliminary results of a randomized experiment that compares behavioral measures of social preferences obtained both in a traditional University laboratory and online, with a focus on engaging the audience in a reflection about the specificities, limitations and promises of online experimental economics as a tool for social science research.
Data from online dating sites offer an unprecedented opportunity to address questions of longstanding interest to social scientists. In this talk, Kevin Lewis — Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology and a fellow at the Berkman — introduces a new social network dataset based on behavioral data from a popular online dating site; discusses the utility of these data for understanding the shape of contemporary stratification systems; and provides a first look at the dynamics of inequality, exclusion, and gender asymmetry that characterize the early stages of mate choice.
photo by Leah Davis
Felipe Heusser — Founder and Director of Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente, a Latin American NGO based in Chile that uses information technology to promote transparency and active citizen participation, and a Berkman Fellow — gives an overview the spread of transparency policy through freedom of information regulation, and point out to the rise of 'Open Government Data' as the latest chapter of the transparency story, highlighting how it potentially may impact 'open accountability' and the rise of a new breed of online watchdogs.
Many commentators have debated whether the Internet is ultimately a force for freedom of expression and political liberation, or for alienation, and repression. Rebecca MacKinnon — Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, cofounder of Global Voices, and a former CNN Bureau Chief for Beijing and Tokyo — discusses her new book, Consent of the Network, and warns that a convergence of unchecked government actions and unaccountable company practices is threatening the future of democracy and human rights around the world.