Research

The Berkman Center enjoys a global reputation for cutting-edge work centered on the relationships between the Internet, law, and society. Our mode — entrepreneurial nonprofit — embraces our pursuit of scholarly research in the manner and spirit of an academic think tank, anchored by the diverse collaborative and individual work of our faculty and fellows. more >

The Berkman Center enjoys a global reputation for cutting-edge work centered on the relationships between the Internet, law, and society. Our mode — entrepreneurial nonprofit — embraces our pursuit of scholarly research in the manner and spirit of an academic think tank, anchored by the diverse collaborative and individual work of our faculty and fellows.

Our efforts are concentrated in three areas of inquiry, united by the question of how the Internet can elicit the best from its users.

Law, Technology, Innovation, and Knowledge

The Berkman Center has sought and seeks, first, to be an honest broker in the conversations about the future of the Internet and related technologies. In the field of intellectual property, the need for creative solutions derived from understanding the varied motivations of the relevant players, has continued to grow as the economy changes around the world.

The Relationship between Internet and Civic Activity

Second, we see an enormous need to bring clarity to the conversation about the Internet’s impact on democracy. As more and more activists are using the network as an essential set of tools to do their job — in democratic and non-democratic regimes alike — the threats to their personal security and their ability to express themselves are growing.

Technology, Law, and Development

Third, we envision a growing opportunity to use Internet technologies to improve the way that we teach, learn, and make information accessible to citizens around the world who are not physically proximate to our libraries.

 

Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a public charity dedicated to reducing barriers to the free exchange of knowledge and culture by making it easy and efficient to obtain legal permission to reuse creative, scientific, and educational works. Taking inspiration from the open source movement, CC has developed Web applications that help people license their original works for specified uses while retaining their copyrights. CC licenses have been adopted by such diverse organizations as the BBC, MIT, and the Public Library of Science. Over 60 million documents on the Internet are offered under CC licenses. CC was established in 2001 with the assistance of Berkman Center fellows and clinical students.

Global Voices

Global Voices Online is an online citizen media community dedicated to amplifying independent online voices from outside North America and Europe.

Noank Media

Noank's mission is to license and distribute digital content globally while fairly compensating content owners, using the most efficient, sustainable, and effective business and technology systems. Noank's motto is "limitless legal content flow."