“Any time you’re talking about weakening a criminal statute, there’s always a fear that legislators will appear weak on crime,” said Andy Sellars, a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
Prof. Yochai Benkler of Harvard Law School describes sharing as a new mode of production that is likely to grow in importance over time. Perhaps we should call it a new mode of consumption.
In particular, Obama would like to make it easier for the goverment to share information about general and specific security threats with the public, according to Harvard Law professor Jonathan Zittrain.
But the project also raises an ethical conundrum. Once a global social platform wades into social engineering, who decides what desrves such efforts in the future? “I’m not focusing on Facebook in particular,” Jonathan Zittrain, a professor at Harvard Law School, remarked at the event. When a site with more than a billion active users can influence what those users do, it means they are “in a position to make choices which we thought were peer-to-peer,” he said. “We absolutely have to think about a framework about how to account for that.”