For Fisher’s course, groups of 25 students and their TFs logged on to an Adobe conferencing system each week and spent an hour and a half in the same virtual room, debating the cases at hand. Granted, there were a few more technical difficulties to iron out, but “It’s remarkably similar to teaching in person,” says Ana Enriquez ’10, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and CopyrightX’s head TF. In fact, she says, the diverse online student pool created openings for particularly rich discussions, as artists and filmmakers could weigh in with their professional experiences.
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To Ryan Budish, a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the Internet of Things means that “anything that can be connected to the Internet will be.”“The benefits are tremendous,” says Mr. Budish. From immediate convenience and comfort to bridging the information gap, the Internet of Things has applications across many fields. Budish gives two examples to detail the scope of the Internet of Things: mobile payment systems such as Android Pay or Apple Pay and automatic airplane maintenance checks – such as sensors embedded into machinery to report back its health and issue alerts before it fails.
What is the role of the library in the information age — is it a repository for the great art, a building with free web access, or — as was the initial intention — a place for learning and research? Can it adapt to changing times while staying true to its original mission? Jonathan Zittrain is the director of the Harvard Law School Library, and the author of “Why Libraries (Still) Matter.” “Libraries are often the places of last resort to find that thing that nobody bothered to hang onto, but that they later regret losing,” Zittrain said Tuesday on Boston Public Radio. “That’s kind of the Norway seed bank — that after the apocalypse we can reboot everything courtesy of a handful of the libraries of last-resort, of which the Boston Public Library is also thought of [as] one.”
The case attracted the attention of the Digital Media Law Project, part of Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, which hired University of California at Los Angeles School of Law professor Eugene Volokh to submit an amicus brief in support of Frey. The group supports the rights of online journalists and others who use digital media.
Blockchain Workshop runs June 15-16 at the Millennium Hotel in London and hosts a series of talks covering emerging blockchain payment networks, regulatory challenges, financial inclusion and more. The event is organized by Constance Choi, founder of blockchain law firm Seven Advisory, as well as two Harvard law professionals: Law Lab Co-director John Clippinger and Berkman Center for Internet & Society Research Fellow Primavera De Filippi.
“There’s a growing sense within China that widely used VPN services that were once considered untouchable are now being touched,” said Nathan Freitas, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard and technical adviser to the Tibet Action Institute.
as data breach fatigue inured you to headlines about high-profile cyberattacks? It’s time to wake up. This week, we’ve learned about a new string of high-profile cyberattacks, this time aimed at accessing the personnel records of U.S. government employees. The breach of the Office of Personnel Management, which allegedly originated in China, was apparently uncovered during attempts to step up cybersecurity.
On Thursday, Susan Crawford, co-director of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and a member of the de Blasio administration’s Broadband Advisory Task Force, wrote a piece on Medium that took a somewhat skeptical view if Governor Andrew Cuomo’s broadband policy, which involves a $500 million investment to be matched by Internet providers, to realize his goal of providing access to high-speed Internet access to all New Yorkers by 2018. While Crawford writes that the plan has lots of “potential” and highlights its “scale and ambition,” she expresses some worry that the state may not have the “aggressive leadership” necessary to ensure that the Internet markets are affordable and the new service available to consumers is affordable.
“In the context of laws that are very broad, the power to selectively prosecute those that expose things that are critical of the administration’s behavior, while not prosecuting — or prosecuting for a very limited offense — those who leak in a way that supports the administration … is an abuse of power itself,” said Yochai Benkler, a professor at Harvard Law School and co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. The fact that Snowden remains a fugitive after spurring changes in the law “says more about us and our system than about him,” Benkler added. It’s “a profoundly distorted view of American democracy,” he said.
Condemnation of Broad Surveillance ‘Growing’Cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, told us that he agreed with Snowden that public opinion has shifted regarding surveillance and privacy.”There is widespread condemnation of broad government surveillance of populations,” Schneier said. “It’s tempered by fear, of course, but it’s there. And it’s growing.”