Radio Berkman 229: The Ad Block Wars

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A recent New York Times survey of the top 50 news sites showed that blocking ads while surfing their mobile news sites could save up to 14 megabytes per page loaded. 14 megabytes adds up to 30 seconds over 4G, and, if you’re on a restricted data plan, it would cost you 30 cents per page, all of that money going to your mobile provider, not to the content publisher.

But for content publishers, and the ad providers that keep them alive, ad blocking poses a huge problem. Most of the commercial web as we know it exists because of advertising. When web users aren’t loading ads on their favorite ad-supported site, or otherwise paying the site – by subscribing, sponsoring, buying merchandise – the site is losing out on cash.

And we’re talking serious cash. Digital ad spending is expected to reach $170.17 billion in 2015, with $69 billion – 40% of ad spending – in the mobile space.

That’s a lot of money to spend on ads that might not even be seen. Ad block software is now in use by 200 million people around the globe.

Doc Searls is a journalist and author who worked in the ad industry years ago. He has referred to ad blocking as “the biggest boycott in human history.”

Radio Berkman producer Elizabeth Gillis spoke with Searls about what’s going on in the Ad Block Wars, and the part played by users, like you.

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Doc’s Ad Block Wars series
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This week’s episode produced by Elizabeth Gillis and Daniel Dennis Jones.

Libraries: the Next Generation

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In 2013, the Berkman Center helped to launch the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), which brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. This online portal delivers incredible resources and artifacts from all over America to the fingertips of students, teachers, scholars, and the public at large. Meanwhile at Harvard and many universities across America, libraries of all kinds are negotiating the opportunities of the digital with enterprise, ingenuity, and experimentation.

In this conversation DPLA Executive Director Dan Cohen, Faculty Director of metaLAB (at) Harvard Jeffrey Schnapp, and librarian and technologist Andromeda Yelton explore how libraries are drawing on their past, and using technology to create new resources for scholarship and education.

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Libraries: the Next Generation [AUDIO]

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In 2013, the Berkman Center helped to launch the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), which brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. This online portal delivers incredible resources and artifacts from all over America to the fingertips of students, teachers, scholars, and the public at large. Meanwhile at Harvard and many universities across America, libraries of all kinds are negotiating the opportunities of the digital with enterprise, ingenuity, and experimentation.

In this conversation DPLA Executive Director Dan Cohen, Faculty Director of metaLAB (at) Harvard Jeffrey Schnapp, and librarian and technologist Andromeda Yelton explore how libraries are drawing on their past, and using technology to create new resources for scholarship and education.

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State of the Podcast, 2015

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Less than 15 years after the RSS 2.0 standard was developed (by Berkman Center fellows!), paving the way for the subscribe-able audio medium we know as “Podcasts,” four leading figures in the invention and re-invention of podcasting come together to discuss the past, present, and future of serialized audio content.

Chris Lydon (Radio Open Source), Jake Shapiro and Kerri Hoffman (PRX), and Benjamen Walker (Radiotopia’s Theory of Everything) are led in conversation by Berkman Center Faculty Co-Director Chris Bavitz.

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State of the Podcast, 2015 [AUDIO]

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Less than 15 years after the RSS 2.0 standard was developed (by Berkman Center fellows!), paving the way for the subscribe-able audio medium we know as “Podcasts,” four leading figures in the invention and re-invention of podcasting come together to discuss the past, present, and future of serialized audio content.

Chris Lydon (Radio Open Source), Jake Shapiro and Kerri Hoffman (PRX), and Benjamen Walker (Radiotopia’s Theory of Everything) are led in conversation by Berkman Center Faculty Co-Director Chris Bavitz.

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The Mozilla Delphi Cybersecurity Study: Towards a User Centric Cybersecurity Policy Agenda

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Researcher Camille François leads a discussion of the “Mozilla Delphi Cybersecurity 1.0. Study: Towards A User Centric Policy Framework” with Berkman community members Josephine Wolff, Andy Ellis, and Bruce Schneier, who participated in the study.

More than 30 leading cybersecurity experts from a wide variety of backgrounds – including academia, civil liberties, government and military, security, and technology – participated in the study, which tackles the following questions: what is the role of policy in cybersecurity? How consensual is the definition of cybersecurity? What are the current priorities for cybersecurity policy? Which issues get too little or too much attention? What are measures that a diverse set of cybersecurity actors can agree on as being both feasible and desirable?

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The Mozilla Delphi Cybersecurity Study: Towards a User Centric Cybersecurity Policy Agenda [AUDIO]

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Researcher Camille François leads a discussion of the “Mozilla Delphi Cybersecurity 1.0. Study: Towards A User Centric Policy Framework” with Berkman community members Josephine Wolff, Andy Ellis, and Bruce Schneier, who participated in the study.

More than 30 leading cybersecurity experts from a wide variety of backgrounds – including academia, civil liberties, government and military, security, and technology – participated in the study, which tackles the following questions: what is the role of policy in cybersecurity? How consensual is the definition of cybersecurity? What are the current priorities for cybersecurity policy? Which issues get too little or too much attention? What are measures that a diverse set of cybersecurity actors can agree on as being both feasible and desirable?

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Jason Griffey “When Online is Offline: The Case for Hyperlocal Webservers and Networks”

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The LibraryBox Project (along with other emerging projects like PirateBox, occupy.here, IdeasBox, and others) is an attempt at bridging the divide in delivery of digital information in areas where there is a lack of communications infrastructure or where that infrastructure has been damaged or is overly monitored or controlled. As self-contained, non-connected portable servers, these devices can be used to circumvent governmental firewalls, distribute information in areas of political upheaval, reach the most remote areas to deliver healthcare information, and help recovery efforts after natural disasters.

In this presentation Jason Griffey — founder and principal at Evenly Distributed  http://evenlydistributed.net) technology consulting and creation firm for libraries, museums, education, and other non-profits — gives an overview of the LibraryBox project and its current state, goals and development roadmap, and a discussion of possible next directions and needs.

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More info on this event here.

Jason Griffey “When Online is Offline: The Case for Hyperlocal Webservers and Networks” [AUDIO]

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The LibraryBox Project (along with other emerging projects like PirateBox, occupy.here, IdeasBox, and others) is an attempt at bridging the divide in delivery of digital information in areas where there is a lack of communications infrastructure or where that infrastructure has been damaged or is overly monitored or controlled. As self-contained, non-connected portable servers, these devices can be used to circumvent governmental firewalls, distribute information in areas of political upheaval, reach the most remote areas to deliver healthcare information, and help recovery efforts after natural disasters.

In this presentation Jason Griffey — founder and principal at Evenly Distributed  http://evenlydistributed.net) technology consulting and creation firm for libraries, museums, education, and other non-profits — gives an overview of the LibraryBox project and its current state, goals and development roadmap, and a discussion of possible next directions and needs.

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Jonathan Zittrain Kicks Off the Berkman Center’s 2015-2016 Academic Year

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Berkman Center Faculty Chair Jonathan Zittrain leads a dynamic introduction to the Berkman Center for Internet & Society’s history, and the network of researchers, activists, faculty, students, technologists, entrepreneurs, artists, policymakers, lawyers, and more who are influencing the future of the Internet.

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