Berkman in the News
Mr. Battles’s “Palimpsest: A History of the Written Word” is in part an explanation of how it was possible for “a craft so sophisticated and cognitively demanding to knit itself securely into our quotidian ways.” To tell the story of the history of writing, the author, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, draws on evolutionary psychology, anthropology, linguistics and old-fashioned story telling. This fascinating exploration of the evolution of writing shows how, despite radical technological changes, the practice maintains its atavistic mystery.
Source: The Mystical Writing Pad – WSJ
Free speech advocates and promoters of the right to privacy are divided on the matter. On the one hand, the former believe that the decision to impose delinking on all Google websites impinges upon people’s access to information that they should, by American law, be able to freely access. “France is asking Google to do something here in the U.S. that if the U.S. government asked for, it would be against the First Amendment,” Jonathan L Zittrain, a professor of digital law at Harvard Law School tells the New York Times.
Harvard law professor Jonathan L. Zittrain agrees with her echoing this response by saying, “France is asking Google to do something here in the U.S. that if the U.S. government asked for, it would be against the First Amendment. That is extremely worrisome to me.”
Mr Fleischer is right. The logical consequences of the French demands are absurd. As Jonathan Zittrain, the Harvard law professor, puts it: “France is asking for Google to do something here in the US that if the US government asked for, it would be against the first amendment.” The French regulator’s order, if enacted, would “prevent Americans using an American search engine from seeing content that is legal in the United States”.
“You can worry about intellectual property on a college campus, but a lot of the cases we’ve seen have not been that,” says Josephine Wolff, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Wolff says colleges are facing a tough choice: sacrifice security for the sake of access, or lock down their networks and undermine collaboration and sharing on campus. “I think what’s really at stake for the universities is trying to maintain this atmosphere of being open collaborative research institutions but to not be worried that they’re going to be kind of a gateway in for bad guys,” says Wolff.
“France is asking for Google to do something here in the U.S. that if the U.S. government asked for, it would be against the First Amendment,” said Jonathan L. Zittrain, who teaches digital law at Harvard Law School. He pointed out that, if enacted, the French regulator’s order would prevent Americans using an American search engine from seeing content that is legal in the United States. “That is extremely worrisome to me.”
“In a world where the most important currency is attention, celebrities are the real winners,” said Judith Donath, who studies how social networks affect behavior at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard. “If you create an account like this, you’re able to gather an audience that thinks that you’re that person and they’re following your every word.”
They are chasing the thieves and making them pay for their heinous intellectual crime. Enter Bruce Schneier, a Fellow of Harvard University’s Berkman Center. Recounting a personal experience of academic kidnapping (plagiarism has the Latin root plagiarius, meaning kidnapping and theft), he exposes the dirty tactics of the three plagiarist professors from the International Islamic University, Islamabad.
One of Posner’s opponents was Jonathan Zittrain, another distinguished cyberlaw professor, based at Harvard University. He drove to the other extreme. Even if we might see some merit in Europe’s data laws, Zittrain is not at all happy about them being used to carve holes out of Google search. To counter the database of ruin argument, he says we are creating a “swiss cheese internet”. The nub of Zittrain’s concern is that the practice of shaping what stays and what goes from the database is hopelessly individualistic. By allowing the delisting of information that is incorrect, outdated or harmful for individuals, who knows what else will follow. It sets us on a path, Zittrain claims, where the internet becomes the lowest common denominator result of what all the world’s countries and courts are prepared to leave behind.
Dr. Powers: China’s multifaceted approach of government regulation, censorship, monitoring, self-regulation, encouragement of national industry, and protectionism has been highly effective at keeping Chinese netizens away from foreign applications and content. This effort coincides with a concerted campaign to reframe access to the internet as a privilege rather than a right, for those citizens able to use the Web in ways fit for China’s harmonious society. Despite Western predictions of its inevitable failure, China’s approach has worked. According to Harvard University’s Berkman Center, 96 percent of all page views in China are of Web sites hosted within China.