Monthly Archive for September, 2006

becca speaks cross post…
Virtual Reality
cyberone – September 26, 2006 @ 11:40 pm · Filed under Blog

“I come from Colombia where we produce all these drugs that you don’t take, so for me what happens in Second Life [and World of Warcraft] where people kill each other at funerals seems more real in many ways than Harvard where everything is so nice and so beautiful. The sense of reality is so subjective in so many ways.”

That is a direct quote of the final comment from the in-person class today, from Nieman Fellow Juanita. If that doesn’t make you want to see the lecture for yourself, nothing will. Speaking seriously, today’s class was the best class we’ve had so far. Led by guests Gene Koo and Rodica Buzescu/Ansible Berkman, we had a fantastic discussion of all kinds of issues involving virtual worlds (immigration, law, (sur)-reality, governance) with colorful, insightful, and challenging contributions from many people.

We began class with a video introducting virtual worlds that you can find in the Lecture Videos section of the Week 3 page. (This video was designed by Gene and produced by Dean.) We then went directly to a FABULOUS segment from Rob Cordry and the Daily Show that, in only a few very funny minutes, brings up many of the most challenging and interesting questions about virtual worlds. It is a must see. The lecture itself is available on the Week 3 page too. But I recommend that you watch it using the Democracy player and keep the class notes from the Week Page in another window. If you haven’t checked it out yet, Democracy is an open source video viewer that has a channel especially for us! You can subscribe in 1-click on the side bar on the right side of this page. You’ll get every video from our class in a beautiful presentation. (A law student in our class reported a bug in the player and it has already been fixed–open source at its best!) I also recommend perusing the great contextual material on the rest of the Week 3 page, put together by a strong group of law students.

— Rebecca Nesson


Internet & Society 2007

open access:
	to the commonwealth of knowledge
	to the machine, hardware and software
	to the net
	to Harvard University
	to a sharing loving spirit of the Net

        first day of june, week before graduation

	Faculty, Alumni, Students, Staff and Friends of Harvard University

       a succession of the most beautiful and functional gathering places at each of Harvard's schools, starting with Austin Hall Ames Courtroom, Harvard Law School

	varied, including Socratic discussions, interviews, panels, keynotes, demonstrations, entertainments, food for thought lunches and dinners, dance and concert

	Harvard busses among the schools

honorary chair:
	Derek Bok

working chairs:
	Charles Ogletree and Charles Nesson

administrative support
	Office of the Provost

supporting centers:
	Berkman Center for Internet & Society
	Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice


to amplify the work of the Provost's Committee on Scholarly Publication by acquainting faculty, staff, alumni and students of the university with the open access issue

to assist the Berkman Center in moving from being a law school center to becoming a center of the university

to assist the Charles Houston Institute for Race and Justice in establishing and advancing its mission of opening minds 

to assist the Offices of Provost and President in integrating the schools of Harvard

to advance a sensibility of connected respect


Kevin Wallen writes:

The day Charley convinced me to present a program on Roots Fm was truly a blessed day. being on the radio talking about prison for an hour each sunday can be dificult sometimes. But today was surely the exception, a few months ago i received a phone call on the radio from a young lady. She told the story of being raped by the driver of a taxi she once took. It was the way in which she was treated that was most disturbing. When she spoke I did not know what to do; the only thing i could do was listen. I gave her all my contact information and told her that if ever she wanted to contact me she could, day or night and i would be more than willing to speak with her and help in anyway that i could. I did not receive a phone call from her until about three months after.

She opened the conversation with “thank you kevin”. She thanked me for all that i was doing on the program allowing people like her to call the program and express themselves. But for the most part she wanted to say thanks to an inmate, someone who had heard her on the program when she called in about being raped and felt her pain, so much so that he wrote a letter of apolgy to her, saying sorry to her for just about everything that the rapist had done to her. She expressed the fact that she has been to a lot of different places seeking help including the church and found no peace; however hearing the letter that was read by this young man in prison made all the difference in the world.

This young woman who was once so bitter at the world to the point where she saw a man’s body as nothing more than a weapon that can be used against her called the program today to express her thanks and her gratitude for Semeon, the person who wrote the letter, and to the program for stepping outside the box and making a difference.

The first time she called she talked about killing the man who raped her and today she spoke of forgiveness and peace and love. She said she would help in anyway she could with his rehabilitation. She was still scared and could not see herself in a room with this man, however she wanted him to know she would be more than happy to assist and that she forgave him. Her words were so inspiring they touched not only me but folks all over, expressed by the many phone calls i got and am still getting.

This is a true example of restorative justice.

help we could use for CyberOne

video editors – our first and second classes each shot with two cameras needs to be cut for CCTV and then on up and out. we are hitting a bottlenect in our production process that calls for distributed editing. can we engage video editors learning the craft at CCTV and Kingston South Camp.