Open access to research is still held back by misunderstandings repeated by people who should know better, says Peter Suber
“The Fifth Estate” screenwriter Josh Singer sat down with Harvard Law School professor Charles Nesson above right, with Singer at the Brattle Theatre Wednesday night before an advance screening of the much-buzzed about film starring Benedict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. After the screening, an array of brainy boldfacers — including Lawrence Lessig, Jonathan Zittrain, Yochai Benkler, and Ethan Zuckerman — were scheduled to take part in a panel discussion moderated by NPR’s Sacha Pfeiffer.
“Smartphones are going to start doing more of the tracking, and more people have them already and don’t have to buy separate devices,” says Sara Watson, a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
Unless Congress imposes new limits on state surveillance, it’s inevitable agencies will go on abusing our liberties and privacy
Furthermore, accelerometers aren’t the only way that smartphones can be fingerprinted. For example, Sara M. Watson, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, recently wrote in a Wired opinion piece that the new M7 motion processor in the Apple 5s smartphones has been designed to continually record data from the device’s accelerometer, compass and gyroscope sensors, which could be used by so-called quantified self apps that serve as personal activity trackers. But the sensor data could easily be collected by apps — or even third parties — without the owner’s knowledge.
“No matter what you do there is a cost associated with this function of government, and the question is how is that function allocated,” said Jeff Hermes, director of the Digital Media Law Project at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
You may be familiar with the concept of peak oil, but Tim Hwang and Adi Kamdar both former affiliates of the Berkman Center here at Harvard are pushing the idea of peak advertising.
Defenders of the NSA’s bulk data collection program argue its necessity. But the evidence it makes us safer is vanishingly small