Harvard University’s Berkman Center Releases Amber, a “Mutual Aid” Tool for Bloggers & Website Owners to Help Keep the Web Available

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.

Jan 26 2016 12:00pm to Jan 26 2016 12:00pm

Berkman Luncheon Series

Civic Technology and Community Science: building a model for public participation in environmental decision-making processes

with Berkman Fellow, Shannon Dosemagen

Building on civic technology and grassroots community science methods, we’ll examine how open, online communities can support the goals of local groups as they engage with environmental decision-making processes that affect their communities.

Digital Literacy Resource Platform Goes Live

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.

Privacy Tools Project submits comments on proposed revisions to the Common Rule

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.

Between Openness and Privacy in Genomics

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.

Authored by
  • Effy Vayena
  • Urs Gasser

12 Jan 2016

Jan 12 2016 12:30pm to Jan 12 2016 12:30pm

Berkman Luncheon Series

Haiti, Machine Learning, and Ankle Holsters: Reflections on the U.S. Treasury Department in the Late 1990s

with California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar

Come hear California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar reflect on his years working at Treasury in the late 1990s and discuss enduring dilemmas in governance, law, and technology.

2016 Summer Internship Program

We are looking forward to engaging a diverse group of students who are interested in studying -- and changing the world through -- the Internet and new technologies; who are driven, funny, and kind; and who would like to join our amazing community in Cambridge this summer for 10 weeks of shared research and exchange. The application deadline for all students for summer 2016 is Friday, February 12, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

New Internet Monitor report: “Openness and Restraint: Structure, Discourse, and Contention in Saudi Twitter”

Internet Monitor, a project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, is delighted to announce the publication of “Openness and Restraint: Structure, Discourse, and Contention in Saudi Twitter,” the eighth in a series of special reports that focus on key events and new developments in Internet freedom.

Dec 8 2015 12:00pm to Dec 8 2015 12:00pm

Berkman Luncheon Series

State of Student Privacy

with Urs Gasser, Sandra Cortesi, Dalia Topelson Ritvo, Paulina Haduong, and Leah Plunkett

The Berkman Center’s Student Privacy Initiative will be taking stock of our student privacy work to date and exploring future directions. At this luncheon, the Berkman team will do a deep dive into the privacy conversations that have been dominating the student privacy and educational technologies (“ed tech”) landscape over the past three years.

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