Zuckerman’s resume includes co-founding projects like Geekcorps and blogging network Global Voices, serving as a longtime fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and numbering among the builders of Tripod, that early, pop-up laden platform for putting together personal websites. Though he works and teaches often in Cambridge, Zuckerman and his family live a 2.5-hour drive west in tiny Lanesboro, Mass.
According to a recent study by Harvard Law School professor Jonathan L. Zittrain ’95 and J.D. candidate at the Law School Kendra K. Albert, many of the online citations in prominent legal publications do not lead to the intended information, while some no longer lead to any content whatsoever.
From US assistant news editor Erin McCann, apparently tired of holiday story planning already.
John G. Palfrey Jr., head of Phillips Academy in Massachusetts, said he favored a middle ground. He follows his students on Twitter if they follow him, for instance, but he is wary of automated tools that try to conduct what he called National Security Agency-style surveillance.
“It is conceivable, however limited this category might be, that you could have information that … might be subject to one of these laws that is of public importance that might relate to the conduct of a public official,” says Jeff Hermes, director of the Digital Media Law Project at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Imagine a politician engaging in acts he or she publicly denounces, Hermes said. Would that be protected from being shared? Should it, if it serves the public interest?
The innovations of the past few years, initially so exhilarating, show ever more downsides. A nerd turned sceptic, Jonathan Zittrain, warns that “rank and file users see the internet’s operation as a mystery they could not possibly hope to affect”.
“Hacking has a storied history: it connotes the joy of tinkering, of exploration, of learning,” computer science professor Jonathan L. Zittrain wrote in an email. “Confusingly, it’s also come to mean breaking into restricted systems.”
Spotlight: You’ve been involved in issues surrounding the internet in so many different capacities, from being a director at the Berkman Center, to writing about bullying online, to your role with the Digital Public Library of America. What is going on here?
Josh Singer: I took a class called “The Internet and Society,” taught by Jonathan Zittrain, when I was at Harvard Law School about 12 years ago.
Further, the definition might de-incentivize innovation in news production and distribution by limiting shield protections to traditional outlets and journalists. That would be problematic because the digital revolution is dispersing the production and distribution of news. The concern here is that the Internet has created what Yochai Benkler calls the “networked fourth estate,” which combines “elements of both traditional and novel forms of news media.”