Yochai Benkler on whistleblowers, the news ecosystem and self-organizing in the commons

Yochai Benkler

Yochai Benkler, who has written extensively on the “networked public sphere,” including his influential book “The Wealth of Networks,” recently spoke about his proposal for a defense of whistleblowers, his testimony in a trial of a well-known leaker of military documents, and a problem he calls a growing crisis in the country.

The state of the podcast: An earlier internet technology roars back to prominence


When students walk across Harvard Yard with earbuds in, they could be listening to music or talking on the phone. But nowadays, there’s a good chance they’re listening to a podcast. What listeners may not know is that podcasts started right here at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society in 2003.

When forgetting isn’t best: Zittrain discusses the ‘Right to be Forgotten’


At a talk hosted by the Berkman Center in August, Jonathan Zittrain and members of the ACLU discussed problems raised by the 2014 European Court of Justice ruling – which gave EU citizens the ‘Right to be Forgotten’ by Google – and laid out potential alternatives.

Human trafficking requires an unconventional approach to policing and prevention

Gillis Thakor

At a talk hosted by the Berkman Center for Internet Society on June 23, Mitali Thakor, a PhD student in MIT’s HASTS program and a Berkman affiliate, discussed her findings on techniques and strategies for preventing and prosecuting child exploitation and human trafficking, and how new digital approaches to addressing these issues effect young people online.