Archive for the 'Internet' Category

Conducting Social Experiments Online

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Berkman Fellow Jerome Hergueux discusses a platform for conducting social experiments online and present some experiment results during today’s Berkman lunch.

PodCamp Boston September 24-25 Microsoft NERD Cambridge

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

PodCamp Boston 6 is being held on September 24-25, 2011 at the Microsoft NERD in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cost is $30.00 For those who need a reminder of what PodCamp is all about: “Podcamp is an unconference where newbies and advanced content makers alike come to learn more about and share their knowledge of podcasting, blogging, […]

The (Very) Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

nbsp; has a free download called The (Very) Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual that goes over tips on protecting your privacy including: * Making sure a comment meant for your friends isn’t seen by co-workers * Understanding what it means to upload content to Facebook * Control whether others can check you in to certain locations […]

How to turn a RSS feed into a downloadable ebook with Feedbooks

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Feedbooks is providing a service that can turn any RSS feed into a downloadable ebook which then can be transfered to your e-reader. Also you can turn that ebook into an audiobook using the Text2Go software. There’s a free 30-day trial period, but there are fees involved. It appears you can create a e-book containing […]

Global Citizen Media Talk at MIT with Ethan Zuckerman

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you probably can guess I’m a fan of Ethan Zuckerman and the work he does with global Internet issues. Today, I’m enjoying a forum he’s moderating showcasing various international citizen media efforts. My notes follow.

BarCamp Boston April 17-18 MIT Stata Center Cambridge

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

BarCamp Boston 2010 is being held on April 17-18, 2010 at the MIT Stata Center in Cambridge Mass. Registration is free, but they are asking for a voluntary $20 admission fee to cover costs. In case people have forgotten what is a BarCamp conference: “BarCamp is an unConference, organized on the fly by attendees, for […]

Ignite Boston 6 Thursday, September 17, 2009 Fidelity Center for Applied Technology

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Ignite Boston 6 will be on Thursday, September 17, from 6pm to 9:00pm at the Fidelity Center for Applied Technology auditorium 245 Summer Street, Boston, next to South Station and on the Red Line. There is no cover charge or any sort of fee. Since there is limited space at the venue, you must be […]

Expanding Access to Books: Implications of the Google Books Settlement Agreement Boston Public Library July 21 6 pm

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

The Boston Public Library is holding a panel discussion on the Google Book Search Settlement called Expanding Access to Books: Implications of the Google Books Settlement Agreement on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 6 pm: Speakers: * Daniel Clancy, Engineering Director, Google Books * John Palfrey, Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law and Vice […]

Tweet URLs may be tiny, but they can also be dangerous

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

nbsp; reports that shorten Tweet URLs may mask malicious destinations: “URL-shortening site Cligs last month sent more than 2 million Web addresses to an entirely different destination. Phishers are also taking advantage of the trust users have in TinyURL Web addresses by using them to mask malicious destinations.” “But easy solutions are available, PC Magazine […]

Undersea Cables and Internet Infrastructure

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

This article explains how undersea Internet cables work, a bit about where they go, the facilities handling them, and more about Internet infrastructure. There are also really fabulous pictures of Internet cables and neat widgets showing Internet traffic and mapping Internet routes.

China and the Future of the Internet with Rebecca MacKinnon

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

At today’s Berkman Center lunch, Rebecca MacKinnon is presently giving an excellent talk about the Internet in China and what’s been happening online in that country lately. While the government seems to be opening up a bit, things aren’t always what they might seem. Internet censorship is a small part of the picture. China employs […]

Wall Street Journal gets rid of 2 News Librarians

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Techdirt and Editor & Publisher posted two stories that the Wall Street Journal is laying off two news librarians: Editor & Publisher: “NEW YORK The librarian who operates The Wall Street Journal’s news research library — which is set to close with the elimination of her job and another staffer’s — said in a memo […]

why you can’t google a library book

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

The January 22 Guardian has an interesting article called “Why you can’t find a library book in your search engine: Finding a book at your local library should just involve a simple web search. But thanks to a US cataloguing site, that is far from the case”: Despite the internet’s origins as an academic network, […]

My Halloween Costume

Friday, October 31st, 2008

I thought some of you might want to know what my Halloween costume is. After all, on the Internet, no one knows you’re a cat. Um … consider this an early Blogacatmas present!

Another example of what Renesys does: Internet outages during Hurricane Ike

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

When I was at the Special Libraries Association Boston Chapter kickoff last week, a few people came up to me saying, “You know, I still don’t really understand what you mean when you say ‘Renesys does nifty things with Internet router data’ …,” so here’s another example. CNN featured this Associated Press article about Internet […]

Happy OneWebDay!

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

It’s OneWebDay! Today provides a great excuse to celebrate the Internet. Where would we be without it? How has it changed your life and our world?

Upcoming Tech & Berkman Events

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Some cool tech events are happening in the next few days. Instead of flooding you with a post about each of them, I’m going to cheat and clump them together. Many are events sponsored or hosted by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Saturday, 9/20: Software Freedom Day in Boston and elsewhere, hosted by […]

9/9 Webcast on Future of the Internet at 12 p ET

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Today’s Berkman Center lunch features Jonathan Zittrain on the Future of the Internet, a talk based on his new book. The webcast will begin around 12:30 pm ET and last for at least an hour. Zittrain is well-known for his expertise in copyright law and Internet issues. He gave a alk about the book back […]

Facebook and the social dynamics of privacy–Paper

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

James Grimmelmann of the New York Law School has published an article called “Facebook and the social dynamics of privacy”: “This Article provides the first comprehensive analysis of the law and policy of privacy on social network sites, using Facebook as its principal example. It explains how Facebook users socialize on the site, why they […]

Understanding Your Legal Risks When You Blog or Publish Online

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

David Ardia of the Citizen Media Law Project had an excellent posting called “Understanding your legal risks when you blog or publish online”: “Every time you publish something online, whether it’s a news article, blog post, podcast, video, or even a user comment, you open yourself up to potential legal liability. This shouldn’t come as […]

Pew/Internet Report: 49 percent use search engines

Monday, August 11th, 2008

The Pew Internet and American Life Project released a report on August 6, 2008 on search engine use: ‘The percentage of internet users who use search engines on a typical day has been steadily rising from about one-third of all users in 2002, to a new high of just under one half (49%).” “With this […]

Understand the Web browser threat–Report

Monday, August 11th, 2008

ETH Zurich has released a comprehensive report called Understanding the Web browser threat: examination of vulnerable online Web browser populations and the “insecurity iceberg”: “In recent years the Web browser has increasingly become targeted as an infection vector for vulnerable hosts. Classic service-centric vulnerability exploitation required attackers to scan for and remotely connect to vulnerable […]

Atlantic Monthly: Is Google making us stupid?

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Nicholas Carr wrote an article in July/August 2008 Atlantic Monthly called ” Is Google making us stupid: what the Internet is doing to our brains”: “I can feel it, too. Over the past few years I’ve had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming […]

Firefox 3 Field Guide

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Debra Lyn Richardson has published “A Field Guide to FireFox 3: “The new features cover the full range from huge and game-changing to ones so subtle you may not notice them until you realize that using Firefox is just somehow easier and better. The range of improved features is similar — whole back-end systems have […]

Vint Cerf, Internet Pioneer, at SLA’s Opening Session

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

Vinton Cerf is the opening speaker at the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference. A former senior vice president at MCI, with Robert Kahn, he co-designed the TCP/IP protocol and basic architecture of the Internet. Now, he’s Vice President & Chief Internet Evangelist at Google. (What a fab title!) Charlie Rose is interviewing him.

Good Press for Berkman

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

USAToday has an awesome profile of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and their work, including a history of their activities and importance to the Internet. Perhaps you saw the news that Harvard University elevated Berkman to be a university-wide entity instead of being a part of Harvard Law School. I am an affiliate […]

Congratulations, Berkman, on Your New University-wide Status

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society announced their new status as a Harvard University-wide initiative instead of being a part of Harvard Law School. This change should make it easier and more official for Berkman’s affiliates to do work in areas besides legal arenas. Many folks are already doing work that seems closer to […]

Renesys got Slashdotted for Blogging about Root Name Server Problems

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Pardon the bragging, but my employer, Renesys, got a mention on the incredibly popular site Slashdot on Monday because of a blog post my colleague Earl wrote about a problem with root name servers he initially describes as identity theft. Don’t let a fear of technical talk prevent you from reading Earl’s words. He does […]

Report of NHPR’s Brady Carlson at WebNOB

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Brady Carlson, who deals with new media for New Hampshire Public Radio, gave a really fascinating talk at WebNOB on Tuesday about how they’re integrating the Web into their operations. He also talked a bit about what news organizations can do to remain relevant in this age when people, especially Internet users, have access to […]

Future of the Internet & Zittrain on Radio Talk Show On Point

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

One of the operations guys at work today told me he heard part of Jonathan Zittrain’s interview about his new book The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It on WBUR’s On Point while commuting. The show is now available on the Web and will air again on WBUR tonight. Despite it being […]

MASSLIB08 David Lee King Managers Pay Attention! Why social networking and Web 2.0 is important for your library

Friday, May 9th, 2008

David Lee King, digital branch & services manager, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library gave a talk called Managers listen up!: why social networking and Web 2.0 is important for your library: Some people think change means: fresh breeze at beach or screaming at the laptop why pay attention to change There are best practices […]

MASSLIB08 Keynote Speaker David Weinberger Miscellaneous Knowledge or The Smell of Knowledge

Friday, May 9th, 2008

David Weinberger, author of Everything is miscellaneous and member of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society gave the Wednesday keynote talk called the Miscellaneous Knowledge, which he changed to The Smell of Knowledge at the 2008 Massachusetts Library Association conference in Falmouth, Mass.: Bought up the fact that letters used to have the smell […]

Upcoming Gatherings: MacCamp (5/10), WebNOB (5/13), Berkman@10 (5/15-16), BarCamp Boston 3 (5/17-18)

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Instead of doing lots of little posts about upcoming conferences, I’m going to be slack and do a list in one post. I can’t remember for certain if I’ve written about these before in this space, so forgive me if I’m repeating myself. MacCamp Boston, Saturday, May 10: A free forum dealing with Mac issues […]

Palfrey to Leave Berkman Directorship, New Law School Vice Dean of Library and Information Resources

Monday, May 5th, 2008

Oh, the things I learn from reading Babbledog at work. John Palfrey, who has been the executive director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society for years, is leaving his post to become the new vice dean of library and information resources at Harvard Law School. While Palfrey’s new job heralds a major change […]

ROFLCon & Webcast, 4/25 & 26

Friday, April 25th, 2008

At MIT today and tomorrow, there’s a very popular (read: this conference filled up months ago) conference dealing with humor on the Internet and some Web 2.0 things called ROFLcon for ‘rolling on the floor laughing’. The organizers are kind enough to present us with a webcast:…. It’s possible some of the ‘cast will be […]

Jonathan Zittrain: The Future of the Internet & How to Stop It

Friday, April 18th, 2008

With a title like that, I can only think what Jonathan Zittrain wrote in his book must be grim because otherwise, we wouldn’t want to stop it. One of the first things Zittrain said after taking the mic is that he used to title things poorly. I think that was in reference to something else, […]

Nominations for $50K Berkman Internet Award Due Friday (4/11)

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

As part of their 10 year anniversary celebration, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society is hoping to award someone US$50,000 for their contributions to the Internet. Nominations are due tomorrow, Friday, April 11. Somehow I missed the news about this award. I’m sure you probably have some great suggestions or know some folks who […]

News sites still haven’t seen the money from open source

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

ZDNet’s Dana Blankenhorn has some comments on the Project for Excellence In Journalism’s State of the News Media 2008 report: “The problem is you’ve got an industry blaming the customers for its own failures, and that never works. I’ve been watching the disaster unfold from the front row for over a decade and I […]

Credible Web, Archives, Book Scanning, and Wikipedia Ban in Library News & Notes

Friday, March 21st, 2008

As always, Garrett has an amazing wealth of stuff in his weekly Library News & Notes. I couldn’t find a permalink for this week’s edition, though. Here are some of the highlights. I myself don’t know where to begin reading. Credible Web? It’s where we click most: Dusting Off the Archive for the Web: […]

Global Internet Filtering Talk & Book

Friday, March 14th, 2008

I’ve done a bad job this week of telling you about cool events before they happen. I’m at a book release talk about global Internet filtering based on research by the OpenNet Initiative. Behind the speakers, various Web pages blocked in different countries flash on a screen as do pages from different countries indicating the […]

Umberto Eco on the Future of Libraries & Technology

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

My favorite librarian sent me a translation of an interview of Umberto Eco in the Frankfurter Rundschau about technology and libraries. He thinks of the Internet and computers as ways of complementing our memories and uses a large portable drive onto which he downloaded many digitized books as an example. He discusses the challenges of […]

Pakistan Censoring YouTube Goes Wrong

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Since I recently wrote about what the data unit at Renesys does, using the recent telecommunication cable breaks as an example, I wasn’t so sure about writing about it again with the news last week. In trying to censor the popular video Web site YouTube, Pakistan inadvertently blocked most of the traffic to the site […]

NewBCamp 08 Providence RI Feb 23 9 am

Friday, February 15th, 2008

There’s a NewBCamp 2008 being held at Johnson & Wales University in Providence on Saturday, February 23 from 9 am to 4 pm. “What is NewBCamp? It’s a one day conference to introduce people from all professions and walks of life to emerging technologies, as well as provide primers for how to get started in […]

Safer Internet Day, 2/12

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Tuesday, February 12, was Safer Internet Day, which provides opportunities to talk to people, especially children and inexperienced Web users, about safety on the Internet. Although one of my coworkers was kind enough to tell me about it on Tuesday, I only had to the chance to write about it on one blog then.

PBS Frontline Growing Up Online Jan 22

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

The following upcoming event was posted on Web4Lib: FRONTLINE presents GROWING UP ONLINE Tuesday, January 22, 2008, at 9 P.M. ET on PBS Jessica Hunter was a shy and awkward girl who struggled to make friends at school. Then, at age 14, she reinvented herself online as *Autumn Edows,* an alternative goth artist and […]

Pew Study: Gen Y More Likely to Use Libraries

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Members of Generation Y, the folks currently 18-30, are more likely to use libraries than members of other generations, a recent Pew Internet and American Life study indicates. Results many of us have known for a while show many people use computers and the Internet at the library. "The survey results challenge the assumption that […]

The Future of the Internet in China with Journalist and Nieman Fellow Michael Anti

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Tuesday’s (11/27) Berkman Center for Internet & Society Luncheon Series is with New York Times Beijing Correspondent and Nieman Fellow Michael Anti. His talk, “When the Decentralized and Democratized Internet Meets China,” will be webcast beginning about 12:30 pm ET. Folks will gather in IRC (, #berkman) and Second Life. It is too late to […]

Virtual Worlds Braingain Harvard Sept 27

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

The Harvard Educational Technology Group, the Harvard Interactive Media Group and the Harvard College Entrepreneurship Forum is holding an event called Virtual Worlds Braingain Thursday, September 27, 2007 at the Harvard Business School campus at 2 p.m. Five virtual world experts will examine the ways in which the metaverse is influencing and can influence business […]

Happy OneWebDay (9/22)!

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

Celebrate the Internet today, Saturday, September 22, during OneWebDay! I am especially appreciative of the Internet this year because I work for a company that tracks global Internet router data and is building a fabulous chat client. Without the Internet, I would need a new job.

Tuesday’s (9/18) Berkman Lunch on OneWebDay

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

Tuesday’s lunch at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society should be a great discussion: the future of the Internet because of OneWebDay (September 22). Speakers include Jonathan Zittrain and Wendy Seltzer. RSVP by noon on Monday to rsvp [at] to attend in person. Remote participation is possible via a webcast, IRC, and other tools. […]