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i want to thank everybody for coming here today and especially the people who were here from the beginning

eric wiseman
tom smuts
dave marglin
jon zittrain
john perry barlow
larry lessig
alex and wendy
myles berkman
fern and eric saltzman

we are here to talk about the future of the net.

my vision of the future of the net is the same as the vision i enunciated ten years ago.

cyberspace is an integrated media realm of stories told and shared by digitally connected and enabled hearts and minds.
WE are the Future of the Internet. We have good stories to live and to tell.
let us make our stories represent our values of
open code
open access
open talk
open education
let’s bridge the digital divide
let’s build the commons of the net

future of university

hear it now






slideshow of open university opening up

GPSTSBusiness – 16 Feb 2008
subject Fwd: bracken on obama on the

i want license to use the wire in my online school. is this within the realm of fair use. i want colvin and pryzbylewski in my classrooms. i want to take it with me in a box to kingston prison and run my class for real in our prison lab. omar, as obama says, is a man of character playing by his code. the lessons of the wire are profound

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: wayne marshall
Date: 2008/1/15
Subject: bracken on obama on the wire!
To: Charles Nesson

hello mary weld – congratulations

fern just called to tell me what i missed by being on my back convelescing
missing your graduation with family proud around
i am proud of you as well
part of your family

congratulations to you and to susu and bill
you are my model of elena’s words

knowledge beyond power

Information Technologies and government transparency—the role of (U.S.) law

the Project Statement
One of the most respected U.S. Supreme Court Justices, Louis Brandeis, wrote in 1914: “publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants”. It holds particularly true for publicity of government actions. Transparency makes government more accountable and therefore propels its modernization. For the last 20 years more than 50 nations (including the Polish one) have established the right to access public information. Apparently, therefore, government transparency gains importance.

i am reading darek adamski’s fulbright proposalm, hoping he will be able to join us at Berkman Center next year.

i want public access to the government action of prosecuting internet poker.

i care about this because poker is a powerful and entertaining way to learn skills of self-evident value in life.
i am a teacher wanting to express teaching power to address the problems of humanity and the planet. i love poker as form and thinking. i see poker’s reach on the net stiffled by an arbitrary act of government propounded in congressional form in a midnight act, compounded by the reach of prosecutorial discretion directed against the founders of internet gaming. i feel freedom curtailed, my freedom, internet freedom. i feel my citizenship impugned.


Suppose avatars come to me, eon, d of c, lawyer and teacher, in my Second Life office on Berkman Island – the founders of cyber poker, under threat of prosecution by agents of U.S. Govt.

i can quote for you the bunch of bullshit the prosecutor will give us about how the wire act and the midnight bill they snuck past without a single moment of committee deliberation gives them the right to prosecute poker. cyber poker. poker as a beautiful idea recreated in a game that’s not a game projecting out to a global citizenry through integrated media, multi media reintegrated by net.

prosecutor’ll try to tell you that they can indict you on what they’ve got, give you the choice of going to trial against rico counts in a federal court of the united states of america or you can plead guilty to one felony count under the wire act and we’ll let you go, no jail time. think RICO, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, think prison time, think twenty years.

let’s go down the road of rico prosecution in the court of public opinion, like a version of fred friendly seminars on the cybernet. playing poker in the game of negotiating guilty pleas. help from alan dershowitz waiting in the wings.

eon to the founders of internet poker channelling billion dollar charlie
you are at the point in the legal process of being threatened but not yet indicted, being told you have two choices, plead guilty and take the no-jail time deal we offer, or duke it out in court against RICO with long prison time based on how a federal court jury decides with a federal judge presiding and determining your sentence. they are playing poker with you.

could an american jury be brought to see the importance to democracy of honoring rather than prosecuting the founders of internet poker.
could an american jury be brought to see the value of poker to american society and the value of its expression in cyberspace.
could an american jury be brought to see poker as a quintessential american game beloved and played by presidents and business leaders, generals and soldiers, judges and lawyers, teachers and students.
could an american jury be brought to see internet poker as a training school and means of global outreach for this wonderful american game.

what will be the make-up of the jury asked to pass unanimous judgment condemning the founders of global internet poker as criminals. how will jury selection go. will the prosecution succeed in striking all jurors who love and play the game. in the rhetorical space of a real american courtroom before a real american jury will prosecution be arguments ranting children and terror be backed by convincing evidence.

whom will we call as our witnesses. who speaks for the money losers in the game; have they gained enough in the experience to feel their monetary loss offset. who speaks for the mothers who have seen their sons invest in learning the game. who speaks for children. what data will we show. what questions will we have opportunity to rebut.

let us play it out in Second Life, Law in the Court of Public Opinion, even as we play it out for real.

i’ve been working on another case, dred scott — who is citizen of the united states of america. is a black man citizen of the united states of america. can a black man be citizen of the united states of america. or is the core of WE the PEOPLE of the United States of America white supremacy. yes, i am talking to you.

charles ogletree and i think of creating of creating a new kind of teaching instrument for our cyber environment. credit gene koo and co for bringing our dred scott video statement of the issue together, credit to bernhard drax, a cyber friend, for recording and editing and original music, credit to for voice and framing. we have a production team. we are evolving our format. we hope to carry on to ever more interesting and useful cyber production. this is new casebook, early edition. reed elsivier meet

this fall i am offering Trials in Second Life as an educational offering with entertainment value. Dred Scott v. White Supremacy will be trial#1, RICO v. Internet Poker will be trial #2. as related activity i will teach poker in the form of one card war, and lead an internet class in tournament poker, with tables set on full tilt to play tournaments of one-card war. howard lederer, professor, will lay out the basics the game, i&i the meta game, chips, ante , button, blind, fold, bet, raise, call, with help from sister annie, like my ivy, annie duke, and annie’s friends, and mine.
RIAA v. the PEOPLE, will be cybertrial #3

i would like our cyber trials in Second Life to speak to and appeal to every constituency out in every language, which, with internet tools and people we can do.


at this moment i am speaking with you as my complement, all who attended is2k7 thank you as audience and agent, medium and message, all to whom this message comes and goes. we are in rhetorical space mediated by an open net but up to us to keep it open with truth flowing. the net allows goodness in human beings to aggregate. together we create amazing things of inestimable value, we give open access to our art and common knowledge. have faith that in open access to the rhetoric of the past and to our collective intelligence in the present, truth and justice is trump and still the game we play, even as we play games of deception.

views of the necker cube – gay fine by me

Date: Sat, 08 Apr 2006 10:51:59 -0400
To: ivy
From: Charles Nesson
Subject: views of the necker cube

april 7 2006, sitting in my office, waiting to meet the author of an essay i admire, Motivations behind the Killing of Matthew Sheppard . Please read it as context for a thought poem:

i have a rock, i have an island, i have a firm place within me on which my outer self stands
i find it in moments of calm amidst life’s pressures, i walk upon its path moving in the wind of time
is it i that move in time or is it time blowing past
einstein’s elevator

if the universe is a quantum computer as seth lloyd says, and i can see he’s right, then wouldn’t the machine create life as clone of itself, tinkering by its evolutionary method, linking cell to synapse, to create a consciousness the computer understands. are we knot at the point of understanding ourselves as nature’s creatures and yet comprehending our universe as a whole

lloyd speaks of information as bits distinct from meaning yet the power of bits of information lies in telling stories of our present past and future. multiple realities, alternative histories, views of the necker cube.

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adamski pahonia zslot iga ivy agnieszka

“What do you think of visiting Wroclaw again? This fall or earlier, in May, when the weather
is good enough to have a nice trip to Prague, Budapest or this charming
city – Gdansk – at the Polish coast. Do you have TIME?”

This is the question Darek Adamski asks at the end of his message to me. Fern and i met him when we travelled to Poland last October, meeting a network of internet friends from nearby countries. Adamski is the young organizational strength in CBKE, a center much like Berkman when we began. Here is his insistent message.

Subject: Fwd: Time … and Space

Dear Charles,

Apparently my previous mail didn’t reach you. So I’m sending it again
(with just one photo this time to facilitate the transfer).

I’m glad that you enjoyed your stay in Jamaica.

All the best to you and Fern,


————————– Wiadomo¶æ oryginalna ————————–
Temat: Time … and Space
Data: ¦r Marca 22 2006, 8:45 pm

Dear Charles,

Iga Aleksandra Adamska is more than 3 months now. She’s beautiful and
smart, just as her mummy is. We’re both pretty crazy about her and she’s
getting more and more crazy about us in return – such a fly-wheel of love.
Let me share our precious with you – I enclose three of her pictures.

Time… Outside the days are getting longer – the spring is at the
threshold – but I can see the days rather shrinking. It’s incredible how
the notion of ‘time’ changes its meaning when a baby arrives, especially
that Agnieszka is finishing her Ph.D. dissertation, so our nest is almost
entirely dependent on me. But I’ve always loved new challenges. This one
is just more important than others, as it’s about the ones that I love the

Would be much easier if cbke were not developing (just for a while). But
it apparently is (partly because of the October conference), which also
changes my perception of time and the question how to manage it. In fact
I’m not that sure – maybe it is the time, not my perception, that has

To get some more strength I was looking for you somewhere on the net
speaking, recorded while lecturing. I loved your lectures in Wroclaw –
they were so inspiring! But I could not find any. So I got back to your
blog. I scrolled it down and guess what were the first words I saw: ‘Space
is limited’. Funny! That was the first thought. Then I thought of Belarus
– presidential elections that were rigged there last Sunday – 10 million
people trapped in a limited space next to the eastern wall of my country,
at the feet of the eastern big brother. My country looked exactly the same
20 years ago. Time… And space…

Apparently the space is limited everywhere, just the limits are different.
Due to that I didn’t manage to see and hear any recording from the
‘Bioethics in a Changing World – an interactive videoconference’, to which
the words ‘Space is limited’ in your blog referred to. It seems there’s
still a lot to be done about the space limits. This will be changed by the
people like you (and hopefully me). Gradually. With the net. But the net
won’t overcome the time limits, will it? To the contrary – 20 years ago in
Poland (and now in many other places) time did not really matter. Space
mattered – you could see its limits physically. Now it’s the other way
around. Because of the net, the information and communication it offers to
us, I personally need to struggle with time desperately. So what does the
EON nowadays mean? Thousand different meanings. Each day different. Until
we meet your sister, Ivy.

Time… and questions. I’m finishing this letter with plenty of them and
originally just wanted to send you Iga’s pictures, best regards to you and
Fern from me and Agnieszka and ask just one question – what do you think
of visiting Wroclaw again? This fall or earlier, in May, when the weather
is good enough to have a nice trip to Prague, Budapest or this charming
city – Gdansk – at the Polish coast. Do you have TIME?

All the best, Darek


hello darek
my apologies for not immediately responding to you. i was thinking, your question is a good one, do i have time. like you i have felt time shrink in the sense of squeezing in on what you feel passion to accomplish yet recall the months after my first child was born as the happiest of my life. to know the feeling of being father to a child has been my key to love. my love and blessings to Iga and Agnieszka.

the people of belarus seem to reach world opinion now by courageous physical protest. have they a cyberstrategy? have they a heroine? have they stories to tell? how much time does it take to connect through the net?

what do you think of visiting Wroclaw again? i think yes, in the fall,in coordination perhaps with a visit to Zsolt at the University of Pecs, and with fern, who has a more demanding teaching schedule than i.

i think also of asking the two of you to come here (cambridge or kingston) for a conference on the nature of national independance in the age of internet, still very much in planning.


Sammy beside me

Thanks to Eric Priest and Susie Lindsay

Connect Jamaica China America
Digital China/Harvard

Who are we
Active, we are here to do it
Scribe it, archive it, use the question tool,

Do what-
Create a friendly flow of commerce and culture
Build a power base from which to better deal

America, idea of goodness
Math, computer programming,
Civil rights movement, race and gender
Marijuana, woodstock, lennon
The Problem of Three Hats

Humans at base of net

Broadband Strategy for Jamaica
Knit the diaspora together
Spark industry

Embassy opens: Patterson agreed to Zeng’s proposals, saying they are practical and feasible. He hoped that Jamaica’s cooperation with China will be reinforced in infrastructure, sports and the entertainment industry and his country expects to coordinate with China in international economic affairs.

Varmus and Casey

There is a mystery in my life i have not solved. i feel i’m running out of time to solve it. it’s big enough so that solution would wash away all past disappointments. i feel time draining me down the pipe of life , and think of you, ivy, taken from me by cancer. sitting across from me last night a doctor, a man who grew up near fern, who went to the same temple, who honored the same spiritual leader, who smiles at me through a fuzzy mustache, his hair wispy brown strands against his bald pate, and casey next to him with an oped in the Times today about amber waves of grain.

we spoke of open access peer review, a principle at the core of academia, take it as a conceptual idea, evidence of it in wikipedia and inference that wikipedia is just the first of stunning conceptual leaps to come in the architecture communication among willing contributors. constitute ourselves an academic universe. judge ourselves and organize ourselves to produce common wealth.


hi ivy
fern was a star in my class yesterday, quiet, cool, friendly, wise, just the example i wanted my students to see, a model of how to think constructively about the adversary process. don’t miss the forrest for the trees. we are talking first law, then trial, then truth, then rape. fern starts at the top, looking from the viewpoint that sees the rhetorical space as the set of beliefs each side holds; two necker mountains.

ivy, link to eon, my sister, my child. The mountain of male belief, the mountain of female belief. You are our sons and daughters. Read your feedback memos. Sort and mix and cut and paste.

What did fern say was the function of trial?

now is the time


email with me may show up on my blog
unless privacy requested

IVY – It’s the tags.

Over there on the right, led by berkmania – if i tag for ivy i can express the ivy thread. ivy, my niece, spirit of my sister. Courtney is ivy’s daughter and ivy’s mother.

From: “Courtney Ogg-Mancuso” courtneyogg
To: nesson
Subject: Hello
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2005 22:21:19 -0500

Hi Charlie –

Terribly busy weekend – figure I give email a go.

How are you? So glad to hear your voice.
We are entrenched in being a growing family. Ivy is loving 1st grade. Ty and I are having a ball with the last of our pre kindergarten days. Ivy’s school PTO continues to suck me in. Mark is wonderful, golfed today in RI. He received a recent promotion at work and is busy performing a ton of new duties. We just made a trip to Honeypot Orchards in Stow for the annual picking of apples (my favorite) and I enclosed two shots of the kids. They are wonderful.

Hope your clan is well. I look often at the save the date card Leila kindly sent. You and Fern made everyone feel so warm and welcome at Becca’s party, I can hardly wait to do it again at Leila’s.

Please say hello to Fern for me.

What are you working on lately?


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