“It’s extraordinarily bad for the long-term maintenance of the information we need, say, to understand the law,” says Zittrain, who helped create Perma.cc, a service to help judges, authors and scholars preserve links indefinitely.
But if this is the end of net neutrality as we know it, it is not the end of the line for fair and equitable Internet access. Indeed, the commission’s decision frees Americans to focus on a real long-term solution: supporting open municipal-level fiber networks.
But the hash tag generated more ideas of cops doing things like holding down a protester or knocking over a bicyclist. To talk more about this, I’m joined now by Zeynep Tufekci of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Welcome to the program.
Ours is not the first era to turn its back on libraries. The Roman Empire boasted an informal system of public libraries, stretching from Spain to the Middle East, which declined and disappeared in the early medieval period. In his book Libraries: An Unquiet History, Matthew Battles calls such disasters “biblioclasms.”
An op-ed by Judith Donath in Wired Magazine.
“They need someone to speak for them,” said Harvard Law Professor Charles Nesson, co-founder of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Prof. Nesson fought unsuccessfully to Webcast a federal court trial where record companies were pursuing people accused of infringing copyrights by downloading music. A federal appeals court in Boston banned the webcast in the music copyright case, but Judge Kermit V. Lipez noted that technology offers “an unprecedented opportunity to increase public access to the judicial system in appropriate circumstances.”
Resilience could become the prime argument for mesh networks, with privacy as a bonus, said Jonathan Zittrain, a professor of law and computer science at Harvard and co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. That is similar to the original Internet, before it was controlled by corporate hands and scoured by government spies, he said.
A report from Harvard’s Digital Media Law Project out today found that the legal issues affecting online news organizations aren’t that different from those of any other news outlet.
“Basically, an attacker can grab 64K of memory from a server. The attack leaves no trace, and can be done multiple times to grab a different random 64K of memory,” Bruce Schneier, a well known cryptologist and a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, wrote in a blog post.
New wearable devices, like fitness bracelets and smartwatches that monitor heart rates and other biological information, will increasingly allow companies to collect biological data, said Jonathan Zittrain, the director of Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.