Leading the Committee, however, is Harvard professor Jonathan Zittrain, co-founder of the Berkman Center and author of The Future of the Internet — And How To Stop It. His vice chair will be David Clark, senior research scientist at MIT CSAIL, and together they’ll be working alongside representatives from Netflix, AT&T, Comcast, Disney, Mozilla, the Center for Democracy and Technology and Union Square Ventures, according to a press release from the FCC.
Palfrey and Gasser are at their best when discussing how regulation and legislation can promote interoperability. They believe that digital rights management will have to evolve to support the increasing demands for interoperability, and they describe how Microsoft’s approach to it has evolved in the face of legislative scrutiny. And they praise the efforts of European Union courts and Chinese government ministries where the results enhance interoperability.
FCC net neutrality oversight panel: The Federal Communications Commission has named the members of its net neutrality oversight panel, including companies such as Disney, Netflix and AT&T.
The panel, announced Tuesday by the agency, will be chaired by Harvard University professor Jonathan Zittrain, co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
But John Palfrey, a Harvard Law professor who co-wrote the book “Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives,” said the city’s policy was reasonable. Still, he said, technology-specific policies won’t hold up in the long run, noting that standards “work better than bright line rules.”
Universities were central to building the Internet. They can build networked teaching, too, in the public interest, free and open to all who want to learn.
I recently visited a middle school science class as students toiled away on science fair projects using a classroom wiki: a widely adopted collaborative Web platform. As I watched, students uploaded graphic displays of their data, commented on each other’s hypotheses, and recorded video journals of their progress. The room buzzed with activity, as each of these young knowledge workers made contributions to their collective endeavor. When students got stuck, other students jumped from their desks to help. The teacher circulated through the classroom like a project manager, answering questions, providing feedback, holding students accountable to deadlines, and providing just-in-time instruction.
I think that one of the ways forward for libraries in the digital age is to make available to the net everything that libraries and librarians know. There’s a tremendous amount of knowledge and metadata unique to libraries: information about works, about the usage of works, research guides, how works cluster, and the deeply creative understanding librarians have both of domains and of how to pursue ideas.
“While no one expected Ravi to receive anything near the maximum provided by law, this is a surprisingly lenient sentence,” said Phil Malone, clinical professor of law at the Harvard Law School and director of the cyberlaw clinic.
boyd connects our fears of the Internet, of teenagers encountering adult situations, or explicit material, or interacting with strangers to the history of moral panics, which often center around technology and sexuality and young people. Her favorite moral panic, she tells me, is the panic over sewing machines, which concerned itself with women rubbing their legs on the machines as a threat to their purity.
Yochai Benkler, co-director, Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, addresses the Guardian Activate Summit with a talk titled ‘the networked public sphere’ which maps the public discourse of the SOPA/PIPA debate online