For Professor Jonathan Zittrain, the Right to be Forgotten is a “bad solution to a real problem.” This was Zittrain’s message at a talk hosted by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society on August 5, where Zittrain and members of the American Civil Liberties Union discussed problems raised by the 2014 European Court of Justice ruling – which gave EU citizens the right to request that Google remove links to personal information from its EU sites – and laid out potential alternatives.
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.”
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.
Internet Monitor, a research project based at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, recently published the project’s second annual report, “Internet Monitor 2014: Reflections on the Digital World,” a collection of roughly three dozen short contributions that highlight and discuss some of the most compelling events and trends in the digitally networked environment over the past year.
For Harvard Law School’s recipients of the Cravath International Fellowship, January’s three-week winter term is a chance to immerse themselves in an academic project with an international, transnational, or comparative law focus. The experiences of three students illustrate the range and depth of the projects students pursue.
Last spring semester, Harvard Law School Professor and Berkman Center for Internet & Society Faculty Director William Fisher debuted CopyrightX, a free, online, noncredit course that explores copyright law. The course is being offered again this semester, improving on its unique format thanks to student feedback and data from last year.
Brown uses her own example—after leaving a law partnership upon the birth of her daughter, she is now a professor of business law—and those of many others, from a jewelry designer to a nurse to a rabbi, to show the possibilities for those who are unhappy with the practice of law. Such a change is not easy, but a lawyer’s skills can be reframed and refreshed, she says, adding that she has never met a former lawyer who regrets having left the profession.