Ethan Gilsdorf & Jonathan Zittrain on How Dungeons & Dragons and Fantasy Prepare You for Law and Life

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How is a lawyer like a wizard? How does a courtroom resemble an epic battle? How is a casebook like the Dungeon Master’s Guide? If you played Dungeons & Dragons in another age, or today, then you know this enormously influential role-playing gaming, which shaped the video gaming industry and geek culture, can be perfect training ground for law and life.

In this informal talk and conversation, Ethan Gilsdorf — journalist, 17th level geek, and author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks — joins the Berkman Center’s Jonathan Zittrain to discuss how D&D’s inherent storytelling skills can champion a role for creative play space in both your work and leisure life.


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Ethan Gilsdorf & Jonathan Zittrain on How Dungeons & Dragons and Fantasy Prepare You for Law and Life [AUDIO]

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How is a lawyer like a wizard? How does a courtroom resemble an epic battle? How is a casebook like the Dungeon Master’s Guide? If you played Dungeons & Dragons in another age, or today, then you know this enormously influential role-playing gaming, which shaped the video gaming industry and geek culture, can be perfect training ground for law and life.

In this informal talk and conversation, Ethan Gilsdorf — journalist, 17th level geek, and author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks — joins the Berkman Center’s Jonathan Zittrain to discuss how D&D’s inherent storytelling skills can champion a role for creative play space in both your work and leisure life.

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Camille François on A Roadmap to Cyberpeace

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The notion of ‘cyberpeace’ requires a separation of war-time cyber activities from peace-time cyber activities. This project questions “cyberwar” (the concept, its reality and its legal framework) and examines its relationship to the idea of peace. Doctrinally, the ‘cyber’ realm grew between conceptions of war and peace.

In this talk Camille François — Berkman and Fulbright Fellow, and Visiting Scholar at Columbia University’s Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies — explores how these blurry lines are translated in operations (for example, NSA/USCYBERCOM) and legal frameworks, and attempts to address the consequences of the framing.

Read Camille’s article in Scientific American: What Is War in the Digital Realm? A Reality Check on the Meaning of “Cyberspace”


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Camille François on A Roadmap to Cyberpeace [AUDIO]

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The notion of ‘cyberpeace’ requires a separation of war-time cyber activities from peace-time cyber activities. This project questions “cyberwar” (the concept, its reality and its legal framework) and examines its relationship to the idea of peace. Doctrinally, the ‘cyber’ realm grew between conceptions of war and peace.

In this talk Camille François — Berkman and Fulbright Fellow, and Visiting Scholar at Columbia University’s Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies — explores how these blurry lines are translated in operations (for example, NSA/USCYBERCOM) and legal frameworks, and attempts to address the consequences of the framing.

Read Camille’s article in Scientific American: What Is War in the Digital Realm? A Reality Check on the Meaning of “Cyberspace”

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The US Launch of *impossible*

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Since September, the public has been experimenting with an app that relies on the goodness of humankind. Called *impossible*, it leverages the idea of a gift economy through social media to grant wishes. Users interact by posting wishes—such as a desire to learn Spanish or to find a jogging buddy—and other *impossible* users who can grant those wishes based on skills and proximity connect to grant the wish.

On March 5, the Berkman Center celebrated the US launch of *impossible*.

Lily Cole, founder of *impossible* and fashion model, actress, and social entrepreneur, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Founder and CEO of the World Wide Web Foundation, Rosemary Leith, Berkman Center Fellow, Judith Donath, Berkman Center Fellow, Jonathan Zittrain, Director at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Professor at Harvard Law School, and moderator Urs Gasser, Executive Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, engage in an interactive discussion about the feasibility of a social media platform that relies on themes related to human cooperation, reciprocity, and kindness.


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The US Launch of *impossible* [AUDIO]

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Since September, the public has been experimenting with an app that relies on the goodness of humankind. Called *impossible*, it leverages the idea of a gift economy through social media to grant wishes. Users interact by posting wishes—such as a desire to learn Spanish or to find a jogging buddy—and other *impossible* users who can grant those wishes based on skills and proximity connect to grant the wish.

On March 5, the Berkman Center celebrated the US launch of *impossible*.

Lily Cole, founder of *impossible* and fashion model, actress, and social entrepreneur, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Founder and CEO of the World Wide Web Foundation, Rosemary Leith, Berkman Center Fellow, Judith Donath, Berkman Center Fellow, Jonathan Zittrain, Director at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Professor at Harvard Law School, and moderator Urs Gasser, Executive Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, engage in an interactive discussion about the feasibility of a social media platform that relies on themes related to human cooperation, reciprocity, and kindness.

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Karim R. Lakhani on How Disclosure Policies Impact Search in Open Innovation

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Most of society’s innovation systems –- academic science, the patent system, open source, etc. -– are “open” in the sense that they are designed to facilitate knowledge disclosures amongst innovators. An essential difference across innovation systems, however, is whether disclosures take place only after final innovations are completed, or whether disclosures relate to intermediate solutions and advances.

Karim R. Lakhani — Harvard Business School professor and Berkman Faculty Associate — presents experimental evidence showing that implementing intermediate versus final disclosures qualitatively transforms the very nature of the innovation search process, and presents comparative advantages of intermediate disclosure systems.


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Karim R. Lakhani on How Disclosure Policies Impact Search in Open Innovation [AUDIO]

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Most of society’s innovation systems –- academic science, the patent system, open source, etc. -– are “open” in the sense that they are designed to facilitate knowledge disclosures amongst innovators. An essential difference across innovation systems, however, is whether disclosures take place only after final innovations are completed, or whether disclosures relate to intermediate solutions and advances.

Karim R. Lakhani — Harvard Business School professor and Berkman Faculty Associate — presents experimental evidence showing that implementing intermediate versus final disclosures qualitatively transforms the very nature of the innovation search process, and presents comparative advantages of intermediate disclosure systems.

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Tricia Wang on Talking to Strangers: Chinese Youth and Social Media

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When we read about the Chinese internet in the Western press, we usually hear stories about censorship, political repression, and instability. But Chinese youth are actually sharing information and socializing with strangers online much more than those in the West suspect, finding ways to semi-anonymously connect to each other and establish a web of casual trust that extends beyond particularistic guanxi ties and authoritarian institutions.

In this talk, Tricia Wang — visiting scholar at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunication Program and a Berkman Fellow — argues that the activity of Chinese youth online reflects a new form of sociality: an Elastic Self, a new sociality which is laying the groundwork for a public sphere to emerge from ties primarily based on friendship and interactions founded on a casual web of public trust.

More links for Tricia:

  • @triciawang
  • Tricia Wang’s website
  • Tricia’s blog: Ethnography Matters
  • Willow Brugh’s VizThink of Tricia’s Presentation


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  • Tricia Wang on Talking to Strangers: Chinese Youth and Social Media [AUDIO]

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    When we read about the Chinese internet in the Western press, we usually hear stories about censorship, political repression, and instability. But Chinese youth are actually sharing information and socializing with strangers online much more than those in the West suspect, finding ways to semi-anonymously connect to each other and establish a web of casual trust that extends beyond particularistic guanxi ties and authoritarian institutions.

    In this talk, Tricia Wang — visiting scholar at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunication Program and a Berkman Fellow — argues that the activity of Chinese youth online reflects a new form of sociality: an Elastic Self, a new sociality which is laying the groundwork for a public sphere to emerge from ties primarily based on friendship and interactions founded on a casual web of public trust.

    More links for Tricia:

  • @triciawang
  • Tricia Wang’s website
  • Tricia’s blog: Ethnography Matters
  • Willow Brugh’s VizThink of Tricia’s Presentation

    Download the MP3

    …or download the OGG audio format!

    More info on this event here.

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