Jonathan Zittrain, a professor of law and computer science at Harvard, points out that “it’s very different, trying to watch the BBC iPlayer for the purposes of entertainment versus someone trying to get content which might be criminal for them to see in China or Saudi Arabia, so one has to be very careful about what kind of anonymity is being promised.”
Jonathan Zittrain, a law professor at Harvard Law School and cofounder of the school’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, says PlaceAvoider is a “promising approach” that could help avert some of the harmful by-products of life-streaming. Still, he adds, “It’s not just the person operating a recording device who will need help. There need to be ways for people in common environments—students in a class or workers at a meeting—to set default expectations about what levels of privacy they can expect.”
The work has no single author. It’s a collaboration whose only living human agent, the aforementioned Matias, also now a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, at Harvard University – whose mind was responsible for the final word selections, and thus also for assembling (and dissembling) the poem’s core meaning — describes as requiring an acknowledged role for each of its different agents (i.e. both human and machine).
To many of us, libraries are where the past resides, not where the future is made. But these traditional realms of the book and the shelf are now more 21st than 12th century. For the strongest case study, look at Harvard Law School and its library, where digital experts are busy inventing the future of textbooks, the classroom and information access.
A new study from Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society examines how US tweens and teens are using technology in schools, and how they feel about those experiences.
Reich was one of several speakers at the event, entitled “The First Year of HarvardX: Research Findings to Inform the Future of Online Learning,” which was co-sponsored by HarvardX, the GSE, and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. He was introduced by Vice Provost for Advances in Learning Peter K. Bol, who oversees HarvardX.
An oped by Jonathan Zittrain. Not too long ago, the phrase “electronic army” would have conjured up visions of a 1980s cyber-dystopian film — the kind featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger and a lot of fog machines. But today the idea of an electronic army has been adopted outside the realm of entertainment, as a group called the Syrian Electronic Army, which supports Bashar al-Assad’s regime, has successfully managed to temporarily cripple the online operations of companies like Twitter and The New York Times.
A Harvard University research center that studies the impact of cyberspace on life has turned its attention to student privacy, in both K-12 and higher ed. As a product of a student privacy initiative, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society has released three reports that touch on aspects of cloud computing and mobile device usage in the K-12 environment.
In a brief post on his blog, Bruce Schneier said that he had held a roundtable discussion with six House members, organized by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), to discuss the NSA’s activities.
Schneier, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, co-authored a Guardian article with reporter Glenn Greenwald on the NSA’s attempts to hack an anonymizing web service and has taken a peek at many of the documents that Snowden leaked.
To address this, Zittrain has proposed that Twitter allow people not only to retract or correct a tweet, but to create a feature that relays that fix through all the people who retweeted it. “It seems to be an untaken opportunity to be able to spread correction or refinement so easily,” he says.