BERKMAN CENTER FOR INTERNET & SOCIETY AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY
December 9, 2009 // Upcoming events and digital media
 [THURSDAY 12/10/09] FCC "Workshop: Review and Discussion of Broadband Deployment Research" in Washington, DC and webcast online (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/2009/12/broadband_review_fcc_worksho...)
 [MONDAY 12/14/09] CRCS Lunch Seminar: "Monetary Policy for Scrip Systems: Crashes, Altruists, Hoarders, Sybils and Collusion" with Ian Kash (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/2009/12/kash)
 [TUESDAY 12/15/09] Berkman Center Luncheon Series: "Parent versus Child Reports of Internet Behaviors and Support for Strategies to Prevent Negative Effects of Online Exposure" with Sahara Byrne of Cornell University (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2009/12/byrne)
[THURSDAY] FCC WORKSHOP on BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT RESEARCH
12/10/09, 1:00 PM ET, Washington, DC
On Thursday, December 10, at 1:00 pm, the FCC is holding a public workshop on two independent studies that were requested in connection with the development of the National Broadband Plan:
* the Berkman Center's Next Generation Connectivity: A review of broadband Internet transitions and policy from around the world (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/newsroom/broadband_review_draft); and
* the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI)'s Broadband in America: Where It is and Where It is Going (http://www.broadband.gov/docs/Broadband_in_America.pdf).
...the authors of the studies will provide an overview of their findings and provide their responses to comments and critiques of their studies.
The following are some of the preliminary topics that will be covered at this workshop. If you would like to discuss any other topics, please send us your suggestions.
* Do the Berkman and CITI studies accomplish their intended purposes?
* Do the studies provide a complete and objective survey and review of the subject matter?
* How much weight should the Commission give to these studies as it develops the National Broadband Plan?
* What areas of future research along the lines of the Berkman and CITI studies would be important and fruitful for the academic and governmental research community to pursue?
Can't make a trip to DC? Attend the workshop online! You’ll need to register to attend the webinar... https://fccevents.webex.com/fccevents/onstage/g.php?p=0&t=m
See the workshop page on Broadband.gov for all of the details and in-person and online registration instructions: http://www.broadband.gov/ws_deployment_research.html.
[MONDAY] CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON COMPUTATION AND SOCIETY LUNCH SEMINAR
12/14/09, 11:45 AM ET, Maxwell Dworkin 119
Topic: Monetary Policy for Scrip Systems: Crashes, Altruists, Hoarders, Sybils and Collusion
Guest: Ian Kash, Harvard CRCS
Scrip systems, where users pay for service with an artificial currency (scrip) created for the system, are an attractive solution to a variety of problems faced by P2P and distributed systems. Despite the interest in building scrip systems, relatively little work has been done to help answer basic design questions. [Continued...]
For more information and a complete description, see the event web page: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/2009/12/kash
[TUESDAY] BERKMAN LUNCHEON SERIES on PARENT v. CHILD REPORTS OF INTERNET BEHAVIORS
12/15/09, 12:30 PM ET, Berkman Center Conference Room @ 23 Everett St., Cambridge, MA
RSVP is required for those attending in person (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This event will be webcast live.
Topic: Parent versus Child Reports of Internet Behaviors and Support
for Strategies to Prevent Negative Effects of Online Exposure
Guest: Sahara Byrne, Assistant Professor, Cornell University
Strategies available to protect youth from potentially problematic online experiences may be met with considerable resistance. Young people may not be ready or willing to accept such interventions. These studies seek to identify specific internet risk prevention strategies to that are likely to be met with resistance from children and adolescents and makes ad vances toward predicting when parents and their children will disagree on appropriate strategies for their family. A nation-wide survey of 1812 parents with children who have access to the internet examines parental support for various strategies to protect their children from negative effects. Many of the strategies tested were drawn from the Final Report of the Internet Safety Technical Task Force at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. A sub-sample of 456 children and adolescents indicated level of support and these data were matched with those of their parents. Strategies resulting in the least disagreement from children include those that empower the youth to protect themselves, as well as legal consequences or suspension from school for people who misbehave online. Analysis predicting disagreement revealed that certain characteristics of the child and parent, as well as the communicative relationship between the two, factor into the problem.
Sahara Byrne is investigating the deliberate disruption of mediated messages, a theoretical construct known as noise. Her work takes a developmental perspective. She examines why strategic messages are sometimes ineffective or result in the opposite effect than was intended. The research aims to explain why the ‘boomerang effect’ is likely to occur in response to many types of strategic messages, especially those that are pro-social such as health campaigns and efforts to prevent negative effects of the media on children. She received her B.F.A in Film and Television from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and her M.A. and Ph. D. in Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
This event will be webcast live; for more information and a complete description, see the event web page: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2009/12/byrne
OTHER EVENTS OF NOTE
 12/9/09: "Virtual Work--Working in an Inter-Connected World" with Jack Hughes // MIT Center for Collective Intelligence (http://cci.mit.edu/hughes.html)
 12/15/09: Comparative Media Insights: Lisa Nakamura: "Race, Rights, and Virtual Worlds: Digital Games as Spaces of Labor Migration" // MIT Comparative Media Studies (http://cms.mit.edu/events/specialevents.php#121509)
 1/21-22/10: Open Government: Defining, Designing, and Sustaining Transparency // Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy (http://citp.princeton.edu/open-government-workshop/)
 2/24-26/10: Limiting Knowledge in a Democracy // Featuring Berkman Faculty Co-Director Jonathan Zittrain and Berkman Fellow Julie Cohen // New School, NY (http://www.socres.org/limitingknowledge/)
DIGITAL MEDIA: Watch and Listen
Did you miss this week's luncheon talk? Catch up with Berkman videos, podcasts, pictures, and dig in to our archive at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive.
-JONATHAN ZITTRAIN on "Minds for Sale" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dw3h-rae3uo&feature=player_profilepage)
-Video of Berkman Fellows and Faculty at SUPERNOVA (http://supernovahub.com/2009/12/supernova-day-1-in-live-streaming-videos...)
-RADIO BERKMAN 138: My Friend the Robot with YORICK WILKS (http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mediaberkman/2009/12/03/radio-berkman-138-m...)
-RADIO BERKMAN 137: CORY DOCTOROW - In Defense of © (http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mediaberkman/2009/11/19/radio-berkman-137-c...)
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Last updated December 09, 2009