“Any time you’re talking about weakening a criminal statute, there’s always a fear that legislators will appear weak on crime,” said Andy Sellars, a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
via House committee broadens inquiry into Aaron Swartz case – Nation – The Boston Globe.
Prof. Yochai Benkler of Harvard Law School describes sharing as a new mode of production that is likely to grow in importance over time. Perhaps we should call it a new mode of consumption.
via Nancy Folbre: Trading More and Sharing Nicely – NYTimes.com.
In particular, Obama would like to make it easier for the goverment to share information about general and specific security threats with the public, according to Harvard Law professor Jonathan Zittrain.
via A Presidential step toward cybersecurity | Marketplace.org.
But the project also raises an ethical conundrum. Once a global social platform wades into social engineering, who decides what desrves such efforts in the future? “I’m not focusing on Facebook in particular,” Jonathan Zittrain, a professor at Harvard Law School, remarked at the event. When a site with more than a billion active users can influence what those users do, it means they are “in a position to make choices which we thought were peer-to-peer,” he said. “We absolutely have to think about a framework about how to account for that.”
via Facebook’s Organ Donor and Voting-Drive Efforts Raise The Question — Where Do You Stop? | MIT Technology Review.