Berkman in the News
“Domain names are run by people. There are all kinds of ways it could happen,” said Bruce Schneier, a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. “Maybe someone at Google Domains said, ‘Oh my God! Look what we just did! We can’t do that.’”
“A good Librarian of Congress would have gotten us to a national digitization strategy, and built consensus around it, years before Google came on the scene,” says University of Maryland law professor James Grimmelmann, who has studied the case extensively. “We could have had a much more constructive last decade.” With Isaacson out of contention, other names still circulating include those with technological bents: University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann, who has embraced “innovation” as one of the three pillars of the school’s future; John Palfrey, a former director of Harvard’s Berkman Center on Internet and Society now bringing digital learning to Phillips Academy as its head of school;
A tool that helps identify trends in internet activity through data visualization has been launched by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.Internet Monitor dashboard, a freely accessible tool, aims to improve information for policymakers, researchers, advocates, and user communities working to shape the future of the Internet by helping them understand trends in Internet health and activity through data analysis and visualization. The Dashboard debuted at World Economic Forum meeting in Geneva on September 28.
“Machines are increasingly a form of intelligence approaching a biological level of complexity,” she said. Tufekci, assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, New York Times contributor, and Berkman Center Fellow at Harvard, among other things, is a self-proclaimed “techno-sociologist.” Originally from Turkey, she got her start as a computer programmer. Tufekci soon realized the major implications of computers on our lives and has devoted her career to studying the intersection of technology and society.
Bruce Schneier, fellow at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and author of “Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World”: “I think it’s posturing. It’s basically the same thing that the U.S. says, and the U.S. hacks foreign government and corporate networks all the time. The problem is that there aren’t any laws that protect foreign networks, and there aren’t any relevant international treaties that limit commercial espionage. So I wouldn’t expect China to be any less aggressive on the Internet than the U.S. is.”
A new tool from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University provides users with a snapshot of threats, news chatter, and activity taking place on the Internet at any given time.Launching for free on Monday, the Internet Activity Monitor is a real-time dashboard tracking blackouts, news hits, Internet speeds, and outages across the world.
“One of the crucial insights from the research is that toxic behavior doesn’t necessarily come from terrible people; it comes from regular people having a bad day,” says Justin Reich, a research scientist from Harvard’s Berkman Center, who has been studying Riot’s work. “That means that our strategies to address toxic behavior online can’t be targeted just at hardened trolls; they need to account for our collective human tendency to allow the worst of ourselves to emerge under the anonymity of the Internet.”
Susan Benesch is the Faculty Associate of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School and Director of the Dangerous Speech Project, where she has a built a framework to identify dangerous speech and diminish its violent effects, while upholding freedom of expression. In India for a public lecture and to begin work on a three-year study, she spoke to Rukmini S. about the Internet as a means to disseminate dangerous speech content. Excerpts: