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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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?
“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”
For a bit more technical detail, here’s a five-minute video about how mesh networks could “revolutionize and democratize the way people share data” from Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society:
WBUR’s Sacha Pfeiffer speaks with a Harvard professor about “digital gerrymandering” and how to prevent it.
A new report from the Digital Media Law Project at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Journalist’s Resource project at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy puts the SCOTUSblog fight in a national perspective. What is happening to SCOTUSblog in Washington, DC, is happening to journalists around the country. As the landscape of news is changing, laws and guidelines that dictate who can get a press pass are causing problems and, at times, blocking access to important new journalism organizations and individuals.