Berkman in the News
Here’s how Rob Faris, research director of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, breaks it down.”The basic idea is that all bits are treated equally as they’re passed on to computers,” Faris said.Online, everything’s made of bits — every email, high-resolution photo, or YouTube video. In a world of net neutrality, whether those bits add up to The New York Times home page or your cousin’s cat blog, they are treated equally and delivered at the same speed. Faris says it’s that level playing field that has made the Internet the Internet.”I think most of the innovations we’ve seen on the Internet, people have attributed to the ability for entrepreneurs to get on the Internet and deliver packets and bits unimpeded to consumers on basically equal grounds,” he said.
What motivates everyday people to do things that are civic?
Kate Krontiris is a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.That’s the subject of some new research by Kate Krontiris, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Google Civic Innovation team. Krontiris and two of her fellow researchers, Charlotte Krontiris, and Google UX researcher John Webb, presented an early preview of their findings at a Berkman Center luncheon talk at HLS on March 24. Chris Chapman, also of Google, contributed to the research as a fourth collaborator.
Ziegler notes that many others within the lab, the library and the HLS community contributed and should be recognized. “Jack Cushman, a lab and Berkman Center fellow, and Annie Cain, a lab web developer, have worked closely with Matt on the technical side. Claire DeMarco, research librarian, handles a lot of the library and journal coordination. Other key contributors are Shailin Thomas, Jordi Weinstock, Jeff Goldenson (formerly of the Lab), Chris Bavitz (Berkman Center), Geneve Bergeron Campbell (Berkman Center), Greg Leppert (Berkman Center). “
There are suspects that the deal was put off because Time Warner might strike a deal better than the one they were getting from Comcast. CEO Charter Communications is looking into the possibility of placing a bid on Time Warner Cable.
The deal whether it went ahead with Comcast or may go ahead with some other broadcast company; it will be the consumers who are affected. According to Susan P. Crawford, director at Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard said, “If you’re selling consumers something they can’t live without, and you’re subject to neither oversight nor competition, consumers aren’t going to be happy.”
No sooner had the door shut on the Comcast deal last Thursday than reports emerged that Charter Communications, the regional cable operator backed by the billionaire John C. Malone, was exploring a new bid for Time Warner Cable, its second in less than two years.
Some predict consumers will lose no matter who buys whom.
“If you’re selling consumers something they can’t live without, and you’re subject to neither oversight nor competition, consumers aren’t going to be happy,” said Susan P. Crawford, co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard.
Regulators worried that would thwart competition and mean higher prices for consumers.
“All that scale would give Comcast enormous discretion over what reaches Americans, what Americans pay, information flows, customer service—really unlimited power,” says Susan Crawford is co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.
And as a lawyer rather than a professional librarian (a fact he seems a tad defensive about), Palfrey is particularly good at explaining new legal challenges to preserving information. Libraries can purchase books and then lend them out as often as they like. But when libraries are renters rather than owners of digital materials — as is the case with e-books — their ability to lend is limited by licensing agreements. Because of longstanding copyright laws, “the digital age could perversely become an era with less accessibility, not more, than the analog age.”
Zeynep Tufekci is an assistant professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a faculty associate at Harvard’s Berkman Center. Tufekci studies how people use social media to organize social movements. Tufekci is regular contributor to The New York Times’ Opinion Blog.
“That was just huge,” said Susan Crawford, a co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. “It signaled that the cable industry was no longer calling the shots.”Not long after the president’s video, the F.C.C. made good on his promise to regulate Internet service providers more rigorously when it voted to raise the speed required for broadband Internet connections. The decision was a nod to the fact that more than one person is often online at the same time in many of today’s households.