Primavera De Filippi on Ethereum: Freenet or Skynet?

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Ethereum is a contract validating and enforcing system based on a distributed public ledger such as the one implemented by the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. The system allows for the management of complex distributed autonomous organizations, which raises questions about legality. Could this new platform promote the establishment of an entirely decentralized society, or will its disruptive potential eventually be absorbed by the established system? In this talk Primavera De Filippi — Berkman fellow and postdoctoral researcher at the CERSA/CNRS/Université Paris II — explores the dangers and opportunities of Ethereum.


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Primavera De Filippi on Ethereum: Freenet or Skynet? [AUDIO]

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Ethereum is a contract validating and enforcing system based on a distributed public ledger such as the one implemented by the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. The system allows for the management of complex distributed autonomous organizations, which raises questions about legality. Could this new platform promote the establishment of an entirely decentralized society, or will its disruptive potential eventually be absorbed by the established system? In this talk Primavera De Filippi — Berkman fellow and postdoctoral researcher at the CERSA/CNRS/Université Paris II — explores the dangers and opportunities of Ethereum.

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Intelligence Gathering and the Unowned Internet

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The long-term viability of an unowned, open Internet remains in question. Any analysis of where the Internet is headed as a protocol and a platform must take into account the activities of both public and private entities that see the Internet as a source of intelligence — and a field of contention.

Yochai Benkler, Bruce Schneier, and Jonathan Zittrain of the Berkman Center are joined by John DeLong and Anne Neuberger of the National Security Agency in a conversation moderated by Berkman Faculty Director Terry Fisher on the future of an open internet in the face of challenges to privacy in an unsecure world.


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This talk was co-sponsored by: the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the Harvard Law School American Civil Liberties Union, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, National Security Journal, and National Security and Law Association.

Intelligence Gathering and the Unowned Internet [AUDIO]

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The long-term viability of an unowned, open Internet remains in question. Any analysis of where the Internet is headed as a protocol and a platform must take into account the activities of both public and private entities that see the Internet as a source of intelligence — and a field of contention.

Yochai Benkler, Bruce Schneier, and Jonathan Zittrain of the Berkman Center are joined by John DeLong and Anne Neuberger of the National Security Agency in a conversation moderated by Berkman Faculty Director Terry Fisher on the future of an open internet in the face of challenges to privacy in an unsecure world.

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This talk was co-sponsored by: the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the Harvard Law School American Civil Liberties Union, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, National Security Journal, and National Security and Law Association.

Jeff Young on Pop-Up Learning: The Future of MOOCs and Online Education

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After months of hype and hope about MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, one thing is clear: they aren’t very good at teaching those most in need of education. Instead, they’re serving the education “haves”: About 80 percent of people taking MOOCs already have a college degree. But free online courses may still spark an education revolution, in ways that their biggest proponents hadn’t guessed. In this talk Jeff Young — editor and writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education and Berkman Fellow — takes a closer look at who is taking MOOCs and why, and examines how free courses fit into broader Internet trends.


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Jeff Young on Pop-Up Learning: The Future of MOOCs and Online Education [AUDIO]

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After months of hype and hope about MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, one thing is clear: they aren’t very good at teaching those most in need of education. Instead, they’re serving the education “haves”: About 80 percent of people taking MOOCs already have a college degree. But free online courses may still spark an education revolution, in ways that their biggest proponents hadn’t guessed. In this talk Jeff Young — editor and writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education and Berkman Fellow — takes a closer look at who is taking MOOCs and why, and examines how free courses fit into broader Internet trends.

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Susan Benesch on Troll Wrastling for Beginners: Data-Driven Methods to Decrease Hatred Online

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Hateful and even violent speech is familiar online; what’s unusual are data-driven efforts to diminish them. Experiments so far have produced intriguing results including: some ‘trolls’ recant or apologize in response to counterspeech, and small changes in platform architecture can improve online discourse norms.

In this talk Susan Benesch — founder of the Dangerous Speech Project and professor of American University’s School of International Service — discusses early research and experiments into managing and responding to hateful speech online, especially in climates where online speech may be tied to offline violence.


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  • Susan Benesch on Troll Wrastling for Beginners: Data-Driven Methods to Decrease Hatred Online [AUDIO]

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    Axel Arnbak on When Governments Pwn the Web: A Constitutional Right to IT-Security?

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    Governments around the world are hacking into IT-systems, with deep implications for privacy, IT-security, the legal process and geopolitics. Should governments actually have the ability and the right to hack, and to weaken global communications networks? And do conventional concepts such as privacy and communications secrecy sufficiently capture the status quo, or do we need a new constitutional right for IT-security as proposed by the German court?

    In this talk Axel Arnbak — Berkman fellow and researcher at the Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam — explores three real-life cases to unpack the implications of government hacking.


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    9 Problems of Government Hacking: Why IT-Systems Deserve Constitutional Protection

    Axel Arnbak on When Governments Pwn the Web: A Constitutional Right to IT-Security?

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    Governments around the world are hacking into IT-systems, with deep implications for privacy, IT-security, the legal process and geopolitics. Should governments actually have the ability and the right to hack, and to weaken global communications networks? And do conventional concepts such as privacy and communications secrecy sufficiently capture the status quo, or do we need a new constitutional right for IT-security as proposed by the German court?

    In this talk Axel Arnbak — Berkman fellow and researcher at the Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam — explores three real-life cases to unpack the implications of government hacking.

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    9 Problems of Government Hacking: Why IT-Systems Deserve Constitutional Protection

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