Upcoming Event: Cyberscholars Working Group - MIT (12/12)

December 11, 2013

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Cyberscholars Working Group - MIT

Thursday, December 12, 6:00pm ET, MIT E51-275.

The Cyberscholar Working Group is a forum for fellows and affiliates of MIT, Yale Law School Information Society Project, Columbia University, and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University to discuss their ongoing research. Each session is focused on the peer review and discussion of current projects submitted by a presenter. Meeting alternatively at Harvard, MIT, Yale, the working group aims to expand the shared knowledge of young scholars by bringing together these preeminent centers of thought on issues confronting the information age. Discussion sessions are designed to facilitate advancements in the individual research of presenters and in turn encourage exposure among the participants to the multi-disciplinary features of the issues addressed by their own work.

This month's presentations include: (1) "Lines of Control: Networks of Imperialism and Independence in India (1840-1947)". Colin Agur is a PhD candidate at Columbia University and Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School's Information Society Project. (2) "Big Data Dramas in the 1960s and 1970s". Julia Fleischhack is a visiting postdoctoral research fellow in the program in Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (3) "Biometrics or Bust - India’s Identity Crisis". Malavika Jayaram is a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, focusing on privacy, identity and free expression. RSVP Required. more information on our website>


Jerome Hergueux on Cooperation in a Peer Production Economy: Experimental Evidence from Wikipedia


From Wikipedia to Open Source Software, Peer Production –- a large-scale collaborative model of production primarily based on voluntary contributions –- is emerging as an economically significant production model alongside firms, markets and governments. Yet, its impressive success remains difficult to explain through the assumptions of standard economic theory. In this talk, Jerome Hergueux -- Ph.D. candidate in Economics at Sciences Po (Department of Economics) and the University of Strasbourg (Institute of Political Studies) and Berkman Fellow -- reflects on the prosocial foundations of cooperation in this new Peer Production economy, taking Wikipedia as one paradigmatic example, and asks: how can we start to build a workable theory of individuals’ motivations to freely contribute time and efforts for the provision of global public goods? video/audio on our website>

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