Internet Law Program
Produced by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Yochai Benkler

Yochai Benkler

Professor, Yale Law School

Yochai Benkler is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Previously, Benkler had been a professor at New York University School of Law, where he was the Director of the Engelberg Center for Innovation Law and Policy and of the Information Law Institute . His research focuses on the effects of laws that regulate information production and exchange on the distribution of control over information flows, knowledge, and cultural production in the digital environment. His particular focus has been on the neglected role of commons-based approaches towards management of resources in the digitally networked environment. He has written about the economics and political theory of rules governing infrastructure, such as wireless communications and telecommunications law, rules governing private control over information, in particular intellectual property, and of relevant aspects of U.S. constitutional law.

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William Fisher III

William Fisher III

Hale and Dorr Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Harvard Law School; Faculty Director, The Berkman Center for Internet & Society

William Fisher III received his undergraduate degree (in American Studies) from Amherst College and his graduate degrees (J.D. and Ph. D. in the History of American Civilization) from Harvard University. Between 1982 and 1984, he served as law clerk to Judge Harry T. Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. Since 1984, he has taught at Harvard Law School, where he specializes in Intellectual Property Law and American Legal History. His academic honors include a Danforth Postbaccalaureate Fellowship (1978-1982) and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California (1992-1993). His next book -- Promises to Keep: Technology, Law, and the Future of Entertainment -- will be published by Stanford University Press in the summer of 2004.

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Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig

Professor of Law, Stanford Law School; Chair, Berkman Center Advisory Board

Lawrence Lessig was the Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School. From 1991 to 1997, he was a professor at the University of Chicago Law School. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1989, and then clerked for Judge Richard Posner of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. Lessig teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, contracts, comparative constitutional law, and the law of cyberspace. His book Code, and Other Laws of Cyberspace was released in 1999 to widespread acclaim. In 1999-2000, he was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Lawrence Lessig's new book is The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World.

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Charles Nesson

Charles Nesson

William F. Weld Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Faculty Co-Director and Founder, The Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Charles Nesson is the founder and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Harvard College in 1960, and his J.D. degree from Harvard Law summa cum laude in 1963. He clerked for Justice John Marshall Harlan of the United States Supreme Court, and served as Special Assistant to John Doar in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. He joined the Harvard Law faculty in 1966. Nesson has taught courses on evidence, criminal law, trial advocacy, torts and ethics, incorporating the latest technologies. Nesson is also well known as a moderator for the Fred Friendly Seminars on public television employing the Socratic dialogue method of discussion. He has served as a public defender on the Massachusetts Defenders Committee, and as counsel in the Woburn toxic tort case and various civil liberties cases.

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Beth Simone Noveck


Associate Professor of Law, New York Law School; Director, Institute for Information Law and Policy

Beth Noveck is an Associate Professor of Law at New York Law School, where she directs the Institute for Information Law and Policy. She also founded and runs the Democracy Design Workshop, an interdisciplinary "do tank" dedicated to deepening democratic practice through technology design. Professor Noveck teaches in the areas of e-government and e-democracy, intellectual property, innovation and constitutional law. A Founding Fellow of the Yale Law School Information Society Project, her research and design work lie at the intersection of technology and civil liberties. She is the designer of civic and social software applications, including Unchat, Cairns, the Gallery and the forthcoming, Democracy Island. Professor Noveck is co-editor of the book series, Ex Machina: Law, Technology and Society (NYU Press). Together with the Berkman Center and the Information Society Project, she hosts the "The State of Play" annual conference on law and virtual worlds. A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, she did graduate work at the University of Oxford and earned a doctorate at the University of Innsbruck with the support of a Fulbright.

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John Palfrey


Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Executive Director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society

John Palfrey is a Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Executive Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He oversees the Centerís ambitious, public-spirited agenda. Palfrey joined the Berkman Center in 2002 after working as an intellectual property attorney at Ropes & Gray and as a special assistant in the Clinton administration. He researches and teaches about Internet law and policy, spam, blogging and digital media.

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Jonathan Zittrain

Jonathan Zittrain

Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies, Harvard Law School; Faculty Co-Director, The Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Jonathan Zittrain is the Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School. He is a co-founder of the Berkman Center and served as its first executive director from 1997-2000. His research includes digital property, privacy, and speech, and the role that is played by private intermediaries in Internet architecture. He currently teaches Internet & Society: The Technologies and Politics of Control, and has a strong interest in creative, useful, and unobtrusive ways to deploy technology in the classroom. He holds a J.D. from the Harvard Law School magna cum laude, an M.P.A. from the J.F.K. School of Government, and a B.S. in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence from Yale summa cum laude. He is also a fourteen-year veteran sysop of CompuServe's online forums.

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