These reports give us a lot of numbers, but very little information about how hard these companies fight on the behalf of users.
Nathaniel writes, “Copyright X — AKA ‘The MOOC the New Yorker actually liked’ — is tooling up for a second run at it, expanding on its unusual, hybrid format. This year, in addition to the real-world classes attended by 100 Harvard Law students and online sections for 500 students — taking the M out of MOOC — the course is adding more ‘satellites’ and integrating them more with the other two course communities. The satellites are, for the most part, meat-space classes in about 10 locales around the world, each taught by an expert in copyright law. Apply here.”
Jeff Hermes, director of the Digital Media Law Project and Online Media Legal Network for Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, pointed to gold farming, a practice by which MMO players — often in developing countries — spend hours harvesting in-game virtual currency to sell through a secondary online market to wealthier players who’d rather not spend the time, as an example of such a potentially elicit activity.
Yochai Benkler, Berkman professor for entrepreneurial legal studies at Harvard Law School, spoke on December 4 about the President’s Surveillance Program (PSP, a collection of U.S. secret intelligence activities) and Edward Snowden in a talk entitled “System and Conscience: NSA Bulk Surveillance and the Problem of Freedom.” The venue was the weekly seminar sponsored by Harvard’s Center for Research in Computation and Society (CRCS), which brings computer scientists together with economists, psychologists, legal scholars, ethicists, neuroscientists, and other academic colleagues to address fundamental cross-disciplinary computational problems that face society.
Over the last few years teachers at all levels of education across the U.S. have begun experimenting with the approach. Justin Reich, a fellow at HarvardX, the university’s digital teaching and learning initiative, and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, has been studying the flipped classroom. He is optimistic that the model could force schools to rethink how the precious time between teachers and students is being spent on a daily basis.
Still, Schneier manages to avoid paranoia. When we met at the Berkman Center at Harvard Law School, where he’s now a research fellow, scribbling away on security, the Internet, and power, Schneier wore a Hawaiian shirt and a ponytail; he had the cool demeanor of a rebellious tenured professor. He insisted that the Snowden bombshells only confirmed things he’d and many others had known for years. “Nothing in the documents is really a surprise,” he said.
An unpublished study conducted by Berkman Center fellow Jerome Hergueux suggests that reciprocity and social image are the most significant social motivations for new volunteers who contribute to public goods, such as Wikipedia.
Though the average Facebook user may not view her profile as art, Harvard Berkman Center fellow Judith Donath places the “data portrait” in an art-historical context in her forthcoming book, The Social Machine.
When we met at the Berkman Center at Harvard Law School, where he’s now a research fellow, scribbling away on security, the Internet, and power, Schneier wore a Hawaiian shirt and a ponytail; he had the cool demeanor of a rebellious tenured professor. He insisted that the Snowden bombshells only confirmed things he’d and many others had known for years. “Nothing in the documents is really a surprise,” he said.
“There’s a lot of conflicting opinions about what it means to have things that react too closely to human life. I’m looking at robots that simulate life-like qualities that we recognize,” said Darling. Currently, Darling, who is also a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, is plotting her next experiment to advance her theory on the connection between humans and robots and scouting out where she can secure funding.