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Jon Penney on “Chilling Effects”: Insights on How Laws and Surveillance Impact People Online [AUDIO]

With Internet censorship and mass surveillance on the rise globally, understanding regulatory “chilling effects” — the idea that laws, regulations, or state surveillance can deter people from exercising their freedoms or engaging in entirely legal activities — has thus today, in our Post-Snowden world, taken on greater urgency and public importance.

In this talk, Jon Penney — doctoral candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford (Balliol College), and a research fellow at the Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto — fills in some of the gaps in our understanding of chilling effects online. Through discussion of three empirical legal case studies — one on surveillance-related chilling effects and Wikipedia, a second on the impact of the DMCA’s copyright enforcement scheme, and a third survey-based study on “chilling effect scenarios” — Jon offers insights into the nature and scale of regulatory chilling effects online.

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Add comment April 28th, 2016

Alan Weinberger on Three Decades of IT Channel Evolution and the Continued Importance of Small IT Companies [AUDIO]

In this talk, Alan Weinberger — founder of The ASCII Group, Inc. and Harvard Law School alum — addresses the development of the information technology marketplace over the past three decades and the continued importance of small IT companies.

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Add comment April 21st, 2016

Peter S. Menell: Copyright Law Year in Review [AUDIO]

What ties together cheerleader outfits, monkey selfies, the Batmobile, a chicken sandwich, Yoga, and Yoda? In this talk, Professor Peter S. Menell — Koret Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law and a Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology — provides an exhilarating copyright year in review.

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A Burglar’s Guide to the City: On Architecture and Crime [AUDIO]

The relationship between burglary and architecture is far from abstract. While it is easy to focus merely on questions of how burglars use or abuse the built environment — looking for opportunities of illicit entrance — burglary, in fact, requires architecture. It is an explicitly spatial crime, one that cannot exist without a threshold to cross, without “the magic of four walls,” as at least one legal theorist has written.

In this talk Geoff Manaugh — author of the new book A Burglar’s Guide to the City, — discusses more than 2000 years’ worth of heists and break-ins, shedding light on everything from the complicated legal definition of an interior space, to the everyday tools burglars use to gain entry.

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Sanna Kulevska & Michael Rustad: Reconceptualizing Right to Be Forgotten for TransAtlantic Data Flow [AUDIO]

In October 2015, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) struck down the U.S./EU Safe Harbor agreement that enabled data to be freely transferred from Europe to the United States. In February 2016, the EU/U.S. Privacy Shield was proposed as a replacement. These developments demonstrate some of the ways the European Union’s far-reaching Right to be Forgotten (RTBF) is posing legal, economic, and cultural challenges for the U.S. and its EU trading partners.

In this talk Sanna Kulevska — who works on Internet law issues at the Legal Department of Google’s European Headquarters in Dublin — and Michael L. Rustad — author and Co-Director of the Intellectual Property Law Program at Suffolk University Law School — lead a discussion of the legal dilemmas that policymakers face in walking the tight rope between the Scylla of constraining the right of expression and the Charybdis of diminishing an individual’s right to control their personal data. The authors will use current case studies of takedown requests from Google to provide context for their discussion of how a Safe Harbor 2.0 might achieve the proper balance between expression and privacy.

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Add comment March 22nd, 2016

Jessie Rossman and Kade Crockford on Student Privacy in Massachusetts K-12 Schools [AUDIO]

In 2013, the ACLU of Massachusetts set out to get a snapshot of student privacy policies in diverse communities statewide.

Almost across the board, schools told students they had “no expectation of privacy” on school networks, using school email, or on school devices.

The Supreme Court has said students don’t shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gates. In this talk, Jessie Rossman and Kade Crockford from the ACLU of Massachusetts share the results of their study on student privacy policies, and ask whether students’ privacy rights can be protected on school grounds in the digital age.

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Add comment March 15th, 2016

Sean Kanuck on Deterrence and Arms Control in Cyberspace [AUDIO]

For four years running, the Director of National Intelligence’s Worldwide Threat Assessment to Congress has led with cyber threats to national and international security. Under statute, the several National Intelligence Officers constitute the most senior advisors of the US Intelligence Community in their areas of expertise.

In this discussion, Sean Kanuck — National Intelligence Officer (NIO) for Cyber Issues within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and former senior analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency’s Information Operations Center — highlights the technology trends that are transforming cybersecurity and the future of intelligence. Assessing strategic developments in international relations and its implications for deterring malicious activity in cyberspace, his analysis focuses on the (in) applicability of existing arms control mechanisms and deterrence principles to modern information and communication technologies.

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Add comment March 10th, 2016

Radio Berkman 235: The Rise and Tumble of the Tumblr Teen

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In her article “The Secret Lives of Tumblr Teens,” Elspeth Reeve tells the stories of some of Tumblr’s most popular bloggers — kids who started their blogs in high school, made a ton of money, and then inexplicably disappeared.

In this episode we talk to Reeve about what she discovered when she went looking for these teens and what that can tell you about Tumblr and the teenage child stars of the Internet.

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Daniel Dennis Jones and Elizabeth Gillis
Music by
Dave Depper (“Rare Groove,” “Sharpie,” “Heartstrings”), Podington Bear (“Golden Hour”) and Anitek (“Beta Blocker”)

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Add comment March 10th, 2016

Dries Buytaert on The Big Reverse of the Web: Are Our Policies and Standards Ready? [AUDIO]

We’re on the cusp of the next wave of the web, where information will come to people, versus people seeking it out. This “big reverse” of the web poses all sorts of issues: ranging from policy, to personal privacy, to standardization across devices.

In this talk Dries Buytaert — open Source developer, and founder and project lead of Drupal — discusses what it will take to navigate a web that doesn’t look or feel anything like what we know today.

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Add comment March 1st, 2016

Nathan Matias on Developing Effective Citizen Responses to Discrimination and Harassment Online [AUDIO]

Discrimination and harassment have been persistent problems since the earliest days of the social web. As platforms and legislators continue to debate and engineer responses, most of the burden of dealing with online discrimination and harassment has been borne by the online citizens who experience and respond to these problems.

How can everyday Internet citizens make sense of social problems online, including our own racist and sexist behavior? How can we support each other and cooperate towards change in meaningful, effective ways? And how can we know that our interventions are making a difference?

Nathan Matias — MIT PhD candidate and Berkman Fellow — shares four years of research and design interventions aimed at expanding the power of citizens to understand and develop effective responses to discrimination and harassment online.

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