El experto en informática de la Universidad de Harvard, Urs Gasser, en su visita a Chile para participar de seminarios organizados por Edutic, se refirió a las posibilidades que ofrece el uso de la “nube”, o cloud computing, en los centros educacionales del mundo.
On March 14, the U.S. government announced that it would seek to relinquish a privileged role in the management of Internet names and numbers. An organization called ICANN—the non-profit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers—is to continue doing what it’s doing without maintaining an ongoing contract with the Department of Commerce to do it. And what does ICANN do? It helps keep IP addresses in order, ensuring that each address—used to let parties on the Internet identify one another—is not assigned more than once. And it facilitates the addition of “top level domains,” those suffixes like .com, .org, .uk, and more recently, .clothing, which, with a concatenation of names to their left, become the names for nearly all online destinations, including newrepublic.com. A receding role for the U.S. government has been anticipated for over a decade, and the move is both wise and of little impact. Some reaction has been surprisingly alarmist.
“There is absolutely no question that speech—what lawyer geeks like me would call speech norms—that’s OK to say and that’s not OK to say can change extremely dramatically in a short amount of time,” said Benesch, who will unveil what she refers to as “data-driven” methods to decrease hatred online, during a talk at the Berkman Center on Tuesday, called “Troll Wrastling for Beginners.”
He still considers Minneapolis home, but he’s spending the spring at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, where he leads a reading group on the relationship between institutional power and the Internet.
A few weeks ago, I spoke with the world wide web’s inventor, MIT’s Tim Berners-Lee, at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Reflecting on Impossible, he said that while the web was not inherently designed to “work better for altruistic things … it gives us a choice for what we build on top. It gives us the chance to start again.”
Email is still “surprisingly hard” to do securely, said Bruce Schneier, a security expert at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.
The event was hosted by Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and included a panel discussion with the creator of the Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Berkman Fellows Rosemary Leith and Judith Donath, and Berkman Director and Harvard Law School Professor Jonathan Zittrain. The Berkman’s executive director, Urs Gasser, moderated.
Cole, who spoke at a panel discussion Wednesday at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, said she launched Impossible to change the culture of wish-making.
“You don’t want to read the rights so broadly that they affect public discussion,” says Jeff Hermes, director of the Digital Media Law Project at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. It’s widely accepted that the right of posthumous publicity “can’t be used to block a discussion of an individual for news reports,” he says.
Graeff, Stempeck, and Zuckerman contribute important insights into the networked ecosystem of communication and news. The paper is a direct follow-on to an earlier paper by Internet theorist Yochai Benkler and Co., which suggested new network dynamics at work around the Stop Online Piracy Act SOPA/PIPA and related online activism. Both papers leverage the underappreciated Media Cloud project, which is finally getting its due. Graeff, Stempeck, and Zuckerman basically show a kind of counter-example to the Benkler findings. This scholarly back-and-forth is well worth paying close attention to, as MIT and Harvard’s Berkman Center have more papers in the pipeline along these lines. If we are to answer the ultimate digital media question — “How much has the Internet truly changed communication?” — this research will be a vital resource in providing the data.