The Berklett Cybersecurity Project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is pleased to announce the publication of a new report entitled “Don’t Panic: Making Progress on the ‘Going Dark’ Debate.” The report examines the high-profile debate around government access to encryption, and offers a new perspective gleaned from the discussion, debate, and analyses of an exceptional and diverse group of security and policy experts from academia, civil society, the private sector, and the U.S. intelligence community.
The Media Cloud project (http://mediacloud.org) is seeking a technical lead to help us build tools that facilitate research about the role of digital media in civic discourse. Media Cloud is an open source and open data project that produces its own research about the networked public sphere and also facilitates others' research about online media by making available to the public its existing archive of more than 365 million stories and by collecting more than 300,000 new stories daily.
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is pleased to release Amber, a free software tool for WordPress and Drupal that preserves content and prevents broken links. When installed on a blog or website, Amber can take a snapshot of the content of every linked page, ensuring that even if those pages are interfered with or blocked, the original content will be available.
with Berkman Fellow, Shannon Dosemagen
The Berkman Center and Youth and Media are pleased to announce the launch of the Digital Literacy Resource Platform (DLRP), a new online platform we have designed and incubated as part of the Digital Media and Learning (DML) Trust Challenge grant, in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten, New York Public Library, Press Pass TV, NuVu, the Engagement Lab, and Walnut Hill School.
On January 6, 2016, members of the Privacy Tools for Sharing Research Data project submitted comments in response to the September 2015 notice of proposed rulemaking to revise the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. This proposed rulemaking is the most significant attempt to overhaul the federal regulations governing the conduct of clinical research involving human subjects since the regulations, known as the Common Rule, were promulgated in 1991.
In this report, which was published in PLOS Medicine, the authors examine the questions around access to genomic data. They argue that the real breakthrough in reconciling privacy and openness in genomics requires confronting head-on some fundamentally normative tensions that are escalated in the era of genomics and big data, and they suggest three points that will play a crucial role in navigating between privacy and openness.