Urs Gasser is the Executive Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and a Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School. In 2008, he and John Palfrey published the path-breaking book Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives. Gasser continues to do pioneering research work in this area, and lately his team at Berkman’s Youth and Media project has been collaborating with the Pew Internet & American Life Project for a series of reports. This past week, the collaborative published a new report titled “Teens, Social Media and Privacy.”
The latest round of research on teenagers and digital privacy is out, this time in the form of a joint study by the Pew Research Center and the Berkman Center for Internet Society. The results of the study are similar to the results of past studies on youth and the Internet: teens are sharing more information about themselves. Interestingly, however, the report indicates that teens are also taking “a variety of technical and non-technical steps to manage the privacy of that information.”
The report, titled “Teens, Social Media and Privacy” and conducted with Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, found that teens are sharing more personal details online — but also making more of an effort to protect their information using privacy settings.
A joint study out today on Teens, Social Media, and Privacy by the Pew Research Center and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society confirms what anecdotal evidence has suggested for some time now: that Facebook is falling out of favor with teenagers.
CopyrightX, an online course run out of Harvard this spring as part of the EdX program, was unusual in a couple of ways. It might not strictly be called a MOOC—a massive open online course—because it wasn’t open. More than four thousand people applied, and enrollment was capped at 500. Half of the selected students were women. There were equal number of students from the United States and from other countries. Students outside the US came from 70 different countries, in total. The youngest student was 13, the oldest 83. Although CopyrightX was a class about copyright law, only thirty of the 500 students were lawyers.
A survey conducted by the Pew Research Centers Internet & American Life Project and Harvards Berkman Center for Internet & Society has mostly good news about how teens approach privacy issues on social-networking services.
In selecting the Nieman class of 2014, Ann Marie Lipinski, NF ’90, curator of the Nieman Foundation, was joined by Amanda Bennett, executive editor of the Projects and Investigations Unit, Bloomberg News; David Joyner, NF ’12, vice president for content, Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. in Birmingham, Alabama; Nicco Mele, lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and author of “The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath”; the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society’s managing director Colin Maclay, research director Robert Faris and manager of community programs Rebecca Tabasky; and Nieman deputy curator James Geary, NF ’12, and Joshua Benton, NF ’08, director of the Nieman Journalism Lab.
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It’s hard not to get hepped up about education technology. The combination of perceived need for an immense rethink of public education and our belief in the huge potential of technology seem made for each other. But there’s a dark side to the hype, warned Justin Reich, co-founder of EdTechTeacher and a Berkman Center Fellow conducting research on the field.
The greatest strength of Wikipedia is that its contributors can chose which area they want to write about, which, in theory, means they only produce content where they are most qualified to do so. Harvard University’s Professor Yochai Benkler says this explains why Wikipedia has succeeded where other more traditional business models like Microsoft Encarta and Encyclopaedia Britannica have failed.
Stanford Law School today announced the appointment of Phillip Malone as professor of law and director of the new Juelsgaard Intellectual Property and Innovation Clinic of the Mills Legal Clinic. Malone will join Stanford in July 2013 from the Harvard Law School, where he is currently clinical professor of law and the director of the Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.