It’s also a matter of fairness, some said. “If data is indeed being misused, there should be a remedy. What the question doesn’t ask is what should count as misuse. But there’s no reason to offer differing protections here based on the citizenship of the person whose data a company is handling,” said Jonathan Zittrain, a Harvard law professor. “And protection irrespective of country of origin is not only the right thing to do. It also gives US companies an important competitive advantage.”
Berkman in the News
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a multistakeholder forum for policy dialogue on issues of Internet governance. This year is the 10th annual meeting, and it’s being held in João Pessoa, Brazil, Nov. 10-13. The Berkman Center for Internet & Society is thrilled to be an active participant in key discussions about some of the most pressing, complex, and exciting issues facing our increasingly networked world.The full schedule of sessions is here.
Offering a rare look at the activity of Chinese internet users on Twitter that is largely unregulated by the state and only reachable through the use of tools that circumvent state-mandated internet filters, the report found that Chinese internet users – activists, journalists and others – are actively circumventing content restrictions.
“In this paper, we map and analyse the structure and content found on Twitter centered around users in mainland China,” said the team of Sonya Yan Song, Robert Faris and John Kelly from Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
Schnapp, professor of Romance languages and literature at GSD, director of metaLAB (at) Harvard, and director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, explained: “All of us are striving to make this project not just about renovating and upgrading a library of key importance to the Science Center, in a key building on campus, but also to make it a state-of-the-art library that really attempts to implement new functions, new kinds of spaces, new kinds of opportunities to really begin to answer the question of what a library is and what a library could be in the 21st century.”
The project, now called Lumen, was launched in 2001 under the name Chilling Effects. It was a response to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a federal law that allowed companies, governments, and people to request that Internet companies take down any material that was infringing on their copyright.By keeping a record of takedown requests, the site would “allow people to see what kinds of requests were being made, who was making them, what kind of content we were talking about,” said Christopher Bavitz, a co-director at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society which hosts the project.
Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society announced changes to its pioneering Chilling Effects project, including an expanded mission and a new set of international research partnerships. To better reflect this evolution in scope as well as the changes in the landscape over the 14 years since it was launched, the project has changed its name to “Lumen,” and can be found at www.lumendatabase.org. The name borrows from the unit of measurement for visible light, highlighting the use of data for transparency reporting.
Zittrain, who is also a Law School professor and faculty director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, taught Daniel Lewis, the chief executive of Ravel, as a student at Stanford Law. Lewis founded Ravel in 2012, and the inspiration for the digitization project was born out of a conversation between professor and former student, according to Zittrain.
Susan Crawford, professor at Harvard Law School, and director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, explains why internet freedom is on the decline. What you’ll learn from this segment: What the current trends are when it comes to internet censorship. How the way we view the internet has implications for how it’s policed. How the internet might change as the world continues to move through the 21st century.
But security maven Bruce Schneier, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, said data sharing could pay off in the long run. “It might help prevent the next attack,” Schneier said. “It’s all about learning from the present to protect the future.”