The Chinese Internet and Civil Society

Civic Engagement, Deliberation and Culture

The 7th Chinese Internet Research Conference starts today, at the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania, and a raft of Berkman researchers and friends are participating, along with a host of interesting scholars and others. The conference is being webcast live, and there are multiple avenues for remote participation...

May 26 2009 12:30pm to May 26 2009 12:30pm

Berkman Luncheon Series

Caught in the Cloud: Privacy, Encryption, and Government Back Doors in the Web 2.0 Era

Christopher Soghoian, Berkman Fellow

Cloud computing leaves users vulnerable to significant invasions of privacy by the government, resulting in the evisceration of traditional Fourth Amendment protections. Chris Soghoian will argue that the fault for this privacy harm does not lie with the service providers; but the inherently coercive powers the government can flex at will.

May 19 2009 12:30pm to May 19 2009 12:30pm

Berkman Luncheon Series

Video games and pro-social learning

Gene Koo, Berkman Fellow, & Scott C. Seider, Boston University

Video games -- whether "casual" or "hardcore," single- or multi-player, mainstream or independent -- have become a powerful cultural force. Researchers have extensively investigated whether games "cause" aggressive tendencies and other negative attitudes and behaviors. Considerably less attention has focused on whether games offer anything positive to game players and society. In their chapter in a forthcoming volume on video games and ethics, co-authors Gene Koo and Scott Seider attempt to bridge among the disparate fields of video game studies, the learning sciences, and traditional "moral education" and "character education."