Uber Picks David Plouffe to Wage Regulatory Fight – NYTimes.com, 19 August 2014

Jonathan Zittrain, a professor of law and computer science at Harvard, said companies realized how high the stakes were and were hiring accordingly.“A tweet-length change to a law could spell the difference between success and failure of an entire new sector,” he said.

via Uber Picks David Plouffe to Wage Regulatory Fight – NYTimes.com.

Harvard Berkman Center Fellow Judith Donath says pseudonyms make better citizens | Harvard Magazine Sep-Oct 2014

People socialize online more than ever: posting photos on Instagram, job-hunting on LinkedIn, joking about politics on Twitter, and sharing reviews of everything from hotels to running shoes. Judith Donath, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, argues against using real names for most of these Internet interactions and relying instead on pseudonyms.

via Harvard Berkman Center Fellow Judith Donath says pseudonyms make better citizens | Harvard Magazine Sep-Oct 2014.

Big Data Firm Says It Can Link Snowden Data To Changed Terrorist Behavior : The Two-Way : NPR, 1 August 2014

Others are less sure that you can draw a straight line from Snowden to the changes in al-Qaida’s encryption program. Bruce Schneier, a technologist and fellow at the Berkman Center at Harvard, said it’s hard to tell.

via Big Data Firm Says It Can Link Snowden Data To Changed Terrorist Behavior : The Two-Way : NPR.

Scholarly access to all | Harvard Gazette, 15 July 2014

Students of every stripe use DASH, as do teachers at community colleges, independent scholars, researchers from library-poor countries, medical patients, and legions of the merely curious. “Academics have underestimated the non-academic demand for their work,” said Suber, who is also director of the Harvard Open Access Project and a faculty fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

via Scholarly access to all | Harvard Gazette.

The right to be forgotten ruling leaves nagging doubts – FT.com, 13 July 2014

Last week Google created an advisory committee to help it implement the “right to be forgotten” online that has been demanded by the European Court of Justice. It has its work cut out: the search giant has received more than 70,000 requests since May to decouple a claimant’s name from search results that may be true but are deemed “irrelevant” and presumably reputation-damaging.

via The right to be forgotten ruling leaves nagging doubts – FT.com.

Scholars warn of NSA loopholes – Business – The Boston Globe, 10 July 2014

“The surveillance law that purports to protect American communications contains several major loopholes,” said Axel Arnbak, a security and privacy law researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Center For Internet & Society. “We’ve found several known and also several new ways that intelligence agencies can exploit the legal loopholes.”

via Scholars warn of NSA loopholes – Business – The Boston Globe.

Ivan Sigal on Bringing New Ideas and Underrepresented Voices to Storytelling, 16 June 2014

What’s the goal of my project? Which technology best serves my project? What is my audience and what is the best platform to reach them? For instance, if my audience is a poor community that primarily gets most of its news from the radio and they don’t have a lot of Internet access, does it make sense to do a rich HTML5 presentation?

via Ivan Sigal on Bringing New Ideas and Underrepresented Voices to Storytelling.

Data on our data: The cost of surveillance | Marketplace.org, 12 June 2014

“This is the amount spent by the NSA in fiscal year 2013 under what it calls its corporate-partner access project,” Says Susan Crawford, visiting Professor at Harvard Law School. “What they’re doing is reimbursing telecommunications companies for domestic surveillance of all internet traffic”

via Data on our data: The cost of surveillance | Marketplace.org.