Berkman Center Mission
The Berkman Center on Internet & Society’s mission is to explore and understand cyberspace; to study its development, dynamics, norms, and standards; and to assess the need or lack thereof for laws and sanctions.
It is a research center, premised on the observation that what we seek to learn is not already recorded. Our method is to build out into cyberspace, record data as we go, self-study, and share. Our mode is entrepreneurial nonprofit.
As part of our active research mission, we build, use, and freely share open software platforms for free online lectures and discussions. We also sponsor gatherings, ranging from informal lunches to international conferences, that bring together members of our diverse network of participants to swap insights – and sometimes barbs – as they stake out their respective visions for what the Net can become. We also teach, seeking out online and global opportunities, as well as supporting the traditional Harvard Law School curriculum, often in conjunction with other Harvard schools and MIT.
Since 2011, I’ve been a fellow at the Berkman Center. My primary responsibility is to go to the center on Tuesday afternoon and talk, think, question and laugh with lawyers, social scientists, journalists, hackers, geeks, and artists. The center has a kind of “one of each” philosophy (IP law and the Internet, humanities and the Internet, music and the Internet, etc.), and I probably serve as the “K-12 education and the Internet” representative.
I also speak, share, and host. Some of my past events include a conversation with David Wineberger’s RadioBerkman about wikis, and a luncheon talk (above) related to my work with wikis. I’ve spoken at our system institute-the Oxford Internet Institute (talk / response). Recently I gave a luncheon talk looking at the personalization of learning, hosted the Lead Designer of Social Systems for Riot Games (video), helped with the research design and analysis for CopyrightX, and participated in conversations on topics ranging from satire and the Internet to an RFP for education technology infrastructure in Brazil.