Publications

The Berkman Center has established the premier series of scholarly publications on matters related to the Internet, law, and society, known as the Berkman Publication Series, which is jointly published with the Social Science Research Network (SSRN).

Below is a selected list of these works, which includes scholarly papers as well as books, written by Berkman faculty and fellows. To be notified when new reports are added to this list, sign up for our reports release email list.

(For additional writings and blog posts from Berkman community members and projects, which are not included in this series, see our aggregated community blog feed.)

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Account Deactivation and Content Removal: Guiding Principles and Practices for Companies and Users

In partnership with colleagues at the Center for Democracy & Technology, the Berkman Center is pleased to release a report on “Account Deactivation and Content Removal: Guiding Principles and Practices for Companies and Users,” by Erica Newland, Caroline Nolan, Cynthia Wong, and Jillian York.

Authored by
  • Caroline Nolan
  • Jillian York
  • Erica Newland
  • Cynthia Wong

20 Sep 2011

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International Bloggers and Internet Control

Infringements on Internet freedom, particularly through Internet filtering and surveillance, have inspired activists and technologists to develop technological counter-measures, most notably circumvention tools to defeat Internet filters and anonymity tools to help protect user privacy and avoid online surveillance efforts. In December 2010, we surveyed a sample of international bloggers to better understand how, where, why, and by whom these tools are being used.

Authored by
  • Rob Faris
  • John Palfrey
  • Ethan Zuckerman
  • Hal Roberts
  • Jillian York

18 Aug 2011

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The Evolving Landscape of Internet Control

A Summary of Our Recent Research and Recommendations

Over the past two years, we have undertaken several studies at the Berkman Center designed to better understand the control of the Internet in less open societies. In this paper, we offer an overview of our research in the context of these changes in the methods used to control online speech, and some thoughts on the challenges to online speech in the immediate future.

Authored by
  • Rob Faris
  • John Palfrey
  • Ethan Zuckerman
  • Hal Roberts
  • Jillian York

18 Aug 2011

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2011 Circumvention Tool Evaluation

Given the rising awareness of the potential of the Internet as a political space and increasing government control over the space, it is easy to understand the widespread interest in finding technical solutions to Internet filtering. In this report, we focus on questions of utility—the ability for a tool to be installed and used in a particular location, and the accuracy and speed of the tool. Additionally, we address concerns about security, usability and openness when appropriate.

Authored by
  • John Palfrey
  • Ethan Zuckerman
  • Hal Roberts

18 Aug 2011

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The Penguin and the Leviathan: How Cooperation Triumphs over Self-Interest

Yochai Benkler draws on cutting-edge findings from neuroscience, economics, sociology, evolutionary biology, political science, and a wealth of real world examples to reveal how we can harness the power of human cooperation to improve business processes, design smarter technology, reform our economic systems, maximize volunteer contributions to science, reduce crime, improve the efficacy of civic movements, and more.

Authored by
  • Yochai Benkler

9 Aug 2011

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Online Security in the Middle East and North Africa

A Survey of Perceptions, Knowledge, and Practice

The recent surge in digital activism that has helped to shape the Arab spring has been met with stiff resistance by governments in the region intent on reducing the impact of digital organizing and independent media. In this report we describe the results of a survey of 98 bloggers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) carried out in May 2011 in order to study bloggers’ perceptions of online risk and the actions they take to address digital communications security, including both Internet and cell phone use.

Authored by
  • Rob Faris
  • Urs Gasser
  • Ethan Zuckerman
  • Hal Roberts
  • Rebekah Heacock Jones

1 Aug 2011

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Rethinking Music: A Briefing Book

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society is pleased to present this briefing book to participants in the Rethink Music conference. The book includes the Center’s own framing paper, which introduces a number of issues that will be discussed during the course of the conference. Following that paper are contributions from a wide range of contributors, addressing some of the most current and compelling issues in music law and policy.

24 Apr 2011

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Foundation Funding: Open Licenses, Greater Impact

Private foundations support the creation of a wide range of work products, ranging from books, articles, reports, and research summaries to educational materials and textbooks to photographs, works of visual art, films, videos, and musical compositions and recordings to software code, computer programs and technical systems to many, many others. To achieve the most impact and the greatest good with the money they invest, foundations seek to ensure the broadest dissemination and greatest, most productive and innovative use, reuse and redistribution of the many works they support.

Authored by
  • Phil Malone

2 Feb 2011

2010 Report on Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attacks

This paper evaluates the impact of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on independent media and human rights sites in nine countries, as well as the broader impact of DDoS worldwide, and makes recommendations for how independent media and human rights sites can best respond to such attacks.

Authored by
  • John Palfrey
  • Ethan Zuckerman
  • Hal Roberts
  • Jillian York
  • Ryan McGrady

20 Dec 2010

Accountability and Transparency at ICANN: An Independent Review

In August 2010, selected faculty and researchers at the Berkman Center initiated an independent, exploratory study analyzing ICANN’s decision-making processes and communications with its stakeholders. The study focused on developing a framework and recommendations for understanding and improving ICANN’s accountability and transparency.

Authored by
  • Input to ICANN Accountability and Transparency Review Process

3 Nov 2010

2010 Circumvention Tool Usage Report

This paper evaluates the usage of blocking-resistant circumvention tools, simple web proxies, and VPN services and finds that overall usage of circumvention tools is still very small in proportion to the number of Internet users in countries with substantial national Internet filtering.

Authored by
  • Rob Faris
  • John Palfrey
  • Ethan Zuckerman
  • Hal Roberts
  • Jillian York

14 Oct 2010

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The Rise of the News Aggregator: Legal Implications and Best Practices

This white paper attempts to answer the question of whether news aggregators violate current law by examining the hot news misappropriation and copyright infringement claims that are often asserted against aggregators. It also provides news aggregators with some "best practices" for making use of third-party content.

Authored by
  • Digital Media Law Project
  • Kimberley Isbell

30 Aug 2010

Best Practices in the Use of Technology to Facilitate Access to Justice Initiatives

Preliminary Report

The Cyberlaw Clinic undertook this study to help the Massachusetts Trial Court work toward a comprehensive, holistic strategic plan for maximizing technology’s role in the Access to Justice Initiative.

Authored by
  • Phil Malone
  • Cyberlaw Clinic
  • Alan Cheuk
  • Sara Rowe
  • Isaac Kriegman
  • Sandy Wong

29 Jul 2010

Working Towards a Deeper Understanding of Digital Safety for Children and Young People in Developing Nations

An Exploratory Study by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, in Collaboration with UNICEF

This paper's main objectives are: to raise awareness about issues related to digital safety for youth in developing nations; to provide a tentative map of these issues and give insights into the current state of the respective research based on an exploratory literature review; and to outline the contours of a research framework through a series of working hypotheses that might inform subsequent research efforts on these issues by connecting efforts in developing and industrialized nations.

Authored by
  • John Palfrey
  • Colin Maclay
  • Urs Gasser
  • Youth in Developing Countries

15 Jun 2010

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Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace

"Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace," edited by Ronald J. Deibert, John G. Palfrey, Rafal Rohozinski and Jonathan Zittrain, with a foreword by Miklos Haraszti and chapters by Ronald Deibert, Colin Maclay, John Palfrey, Hal Roberts, Rafal Rohozinski, Nart Villeneuve, Ethan Zuckerman.

Authored by
  • Jonathan Zittrain
  • John Palfrey
  • Ron Deibert
  • Rafal Rohozinski

29 Apr 2010

How the COPPA, as Implemented, Is Misinterpreted by the Public: A Research Perspective

Statement to the United States Senate, Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Statement by danah boyd, Urs Gasser, and John Palfrey, urging consideration of the gap between the intentions of COPPA and how children and their parents perceive its implementation.

Authored by
  • John Palfrey
  • danah boyd
  • Urs Gasser

28 Apr 2010

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A Tale of Two Blogospheres: Discursive Practices on the Left and Right

This paper compares the practices of discursive production and participation among top U.S. political blogs on the left, right, and center during the summer of 2008 and finds evidence of an association between ideological affiliation and the technologies, institutions, and practices of participation across political blogs.

Authored by
  • Yochai Benkler
  • Aaron Shaw

27 Apr 2010

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Response to FCC Notice of Inquiry 09-94 “Empowering Parents and Protecting Children in an Evolving Media Landscape”

The response synthesizes current research and data on the media practices of youth, focusing on three main areas -- 1) Risky Behaviors and Online Safety, 2) Privacy, Publicity and Reputation, and 3) Information Dissemination, Youth-Created Content and Quality of Information...

Authored by
  • John Palfrey
  • danah boyd
  • Urs Gasser
  • Youth and Media Policy Working Group Initiative

24 Feb 2010

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Next Generation Connectivity

A review of broadband Internet transitions and policy from around the world

The FCC announced that the Berkman Center would conduct an independent expert review of existing literature and studies about broadband deployment and usage throughout the world. The Center's Final Report was submitted to the FCC on February 16, 2010.

Authored by
  • Yochai Benkler
  • Rob Faris
  • Urs Gasser
  • Stephen Schultze
  • Laura Miyakawa
  • Broadband Review

15 Feb 2010

An Evaluation of Private Foundation Copyright Licensing Policies, Practices and Opportunities

This project undertook to examine the copyright licensing policies and practices of a group of twelve private foundations. In particular, it looked at the extent to which charitable foundations are aware of and have begun to use open licenses such as Creative Commons or the GPL. The complete results and comprehensive analysis and recommendations are contained in the full Report of this project.

Authored by
  • Phil Malone

16 Aug 2009

Youth, Creativity, and Copyright in the Digital Age

This paper describes research findings that show young people operate in the digital realm overwhelmingly ignorant of the rights, and to a lesser degree the restrictions, established in copyright law, and it presents the initial stages of the development of an educational intervention that posits students as creators in order to help them learn about copyright law.

Authored by
  • John Palfrey
  • Urs Gasser
  • Miriam Simun
  • Rosalie Fay Barnes

1 May 2009

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