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.

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.