“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.
Harvard Law School Professor of Practice Urs Gasser LL.M. ’03 is among the twenty-five distinguished scholars and internationally recognized experts appointed to the Global Commission on Internet Governance’s GCIG new Research Advisory Network RAN.
El experto en informática de la Universidad de Harvard, Urs Gasser, en su visita a Chile para participar de seminarios organizados por Edutic, se refirió a las posibilidades que ofrece el uso de la “nube”, o cloud computing, en los centros educacionales del mundo.
On March 14, the U.S. government announced that it would seek to relinquish a privileged role in the management of Internet names and numbers. An organization called ICANN—the non-profit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers—is to continue doing what it’s doing without maintaining an ongoing contract with the Department of Commerce to do it. And what does ICANN do? It helps keep IP addresses in order, ensuring that each address—used to let parties on the Internet identify one another—is not assigned more than once. And it facilitates the addition of “top level domains,” those suffixes like .com, .org, .uk, and more recently, .clothing, which, with a concatenation of names to their left, become the names for nearly all online destinations, including newrepublic.com. A receding role for the U.S. government has been anticipated for over a decade, and the move is both wise and of little impact. Some reaction has been surprisingly alarmist.
“There is absolutely no question that speech—what lawyer geeks like me would call speech norms—that’s OK to say and that’s not OK to say can change extremely dramatically in a short amount of time,” said Benesch, who will unveil what she refers to as “data-driven” methods to decrease hatred online, during a talk at the Berkman Center on Tuesday, called “Troll Wrastling for Beginners.”
He still considers Minneapolis home, but he’s spending the spring at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, where he leads a reading group on the relationship between institutional power and the Internet.