“This is going to be the first of many kinds of legal battles around the platform economy. I’m sure that other companies are going to mount similar kinds of defenses when they’re in regulatory crosshairs,” said Vivek Krishnamurthy, assistant director of the Cyberlaw Clinic at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.
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“Facebook is in a position of power,” says Jonathan Zittrain, the director of Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for the Internet and Society. “At some point Facebook will be asked to shut down a live feed to make sure something doesn’t go viral,” he says. The company “needs to be upfront about the decisions it’s making and the pressures under which it’s making them.”
“I think within property law and community-driven laws like noise ordinances, there are plenty of ways that law enforcement can manage day-to-day nuisance issues or other complaints by property owners,” says Nathan Freitas, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
For David Weinberger, a researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center, transparency about affiliate relationships may not be enough. “Transparency is good but not sufficient because the transparency is revealing that the news medium is in fact taking money from the subject of its journalism,” he says. “And perhaps most perniciously it gives large stores with the most generous affiliate relationships an advantage in the market.”
The center, launched in 1997, is now called the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. The new gift will enable the center to expand its myriad efforts to understand the intersection of the internet, society and the law, administrators said.
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University on Monday released a report that questions the so-called “going dark” phenomenon.