New advisers were also added to the Experiment Fund, including former Harvard Law School professor and former director of the Berkman Center John Palfrey, Facebook co-founder Andrew McCollum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher Hugo Liu, as well as an ex-officio post created for the current president of Harvard Student Agencies.
via Accel, Breyer Capital and Polaris Join Harvard-Area’s Experiment Fund – Kara Swisher – News – AllThingsD.
These are the questions that students in the course “Bibliotheca II: Library Test Kitchen,” taught by professor of Romance languages and literatures Jeffrey Schnapp, tackled this past spring, and that culminated in a variety of student projects that “define new dimensions of the library experience.”
via Videos of student projects from Jeffrey Schnapp’s “Library Test Kitchen” course | Harvard Magazine.
If you’re fond of delicious ironies, as I am, there’s a new book that will leave you positively gorged. It’s called Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems, and last week I got to speak with one of its authors, Harvard Law School professor John Palfrey.
via Can We Be Too Connected? A Harvard Scholar Explores Interoperability | Xconomy.
Palfrey and Gasser discussed their theory of interoperability, which they have described as “the art and science of working together,” and offered real-world case studies and examples.
via Palfrey and Gasser book launch: ‘Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems’ video.
Britain’s High Court ruling is “unusual,” and “not one that would likely happen in the U.S.,” said Jeffrey Hermes, director of the Citizen Media Law Project and fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard, told msnbc.com. That’s because there are tougher standards to prove defamation under U.S. law than British law, he said.
via Facebook ordered to identify cyberbullies who harassed mom – Digital Life.
The Federal Communications Commission has named an Open Internet Advisory Committee to monitor and report on the effectiveness of the FCC’s network neutrality regime. The committee will be chaired by Harvard law professor Jonathan Zittrain. According to a statement from FCC chairman Julius Genachowski, the new committee will “track and evaluate the effects of the FCC’s Open Internet rules, and provide any recommendations it deems appropriate to the FCC.”
via Harvard prof to chair FCC’s net neutrality advisory committee | Ars Technica.
The Internet is not merely connecting computers together for the benefit of humans; it’s connecting humans together to reinvent labor. This opens terrific opportunities along with real worries. Soon we’ll have to question whether an earnest-looking group of protesters with hand-lettered signs is genuine or simply rapidly convened as a paid flash mob: a crowdsourced crowd. We’ll be able to one-click shop for cheering throngs or protests at a particular location on a moment’s notice, indistinguishable from genuine collective sentiment. A house can be surveilled and a spouse tailed because an online bounty has been put out for anyone nearby to take a photo of the building at a particular address, or to “follow that car.”
via 32 Innovations That Will Change Your Tomorrow – Interactive Feature – NYTimes.com.