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.

John Palfrey on the importance of libraries in the digital information age (video)

John Palfrey

On June 22 at Harvard Law School, John Palfrey ’01, director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, spoke about his new book, “BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever In An Age of Google.” Palfrey, who previously served as vice dean for Libraries and Information Resources at Harvard Law School, made the case that libraries are more relevant than ever in

Zittrain delivers chair lecture: ‘Love the Processor, Hate the Process’

Zittrain Faculty Chair lecture

In a lecture marking his appointment as George Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School, Jonathan Zittrain ’95 addressed the impact of algorithms on our lives—both on and offline—in a lecture titled “Love the Processor, Hate the Process: The Temptations of Clever Algorithms and When to Resist Them.”

EdX marks the spot: the evolution of Harvard’s online courses


The Harvard Law School CopyrightX course is part of a culture of experimentation in online learning that has marked HarvardX — the University’s portion of the collaborative MOOC provider platform known as edX — from the beginning: The course pioneered a parallel teaching model for online and on-campus students and, more recently, an additional hybrid model that combines online and in-person learning far from Harvard’s campus.