Jonathan Zittrain, professor of law in the faculty of Law and the Kennedy School of Government and professor of computer science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, was featured as one of Harvard’s great teachers in a video series created to mark the 375th anniversary of the founding of Harvard College.
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Launched as a platform to share great ideas and the lively intellectual exchanges that flourish at Harvard, Harvard’s Great Teachers series showcases Harvard faculty discussing their ideas and work in the classroom.
In “Jonathan Zittrain: In the Classroom,” Zittrain’s colleagues and students, including HLS Professor John Palfrey, Dean Martha Minow and HLS students Nick Price ’12 and Matthew Scarola ’12, describe Zittrain’s devotion and commitment to teaching.
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Several related videos featuring Zittrain are also available on the Great Teachers website:
Hack the casebook : With his “Hack the Casebook” project, Zittrain is working to revolutionize the way law students relate to the cases they analyze. By putting cases online, Zittrain not only reduces the cost of law school casebooks, he opens up new possibilities for teaching and learning, both inside the classroom and beyond.
“The Web as random acts of kindness:” In a TED-Talk he delivered in July 2009, Zittrain suggests the web is made up of millions of disinterested acts of kindness, curiosity and trust.
The co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Zittrain focuses his research on digital property, privacy, and speech, and the roles played by private intermediaries in Internet architecture. He serves on the boards of directors of the Internet Society and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.