Palfrey on intellectual property strategy (video)

Professor John Palfrey

According to John Palfrey, businesspeople are often insufficiently attentive to the ways that intellectual property rights can be acquired and exercised. His new book, “Intellectual Property Strategy” (MIT Press), is thus written with businesspeople in mind. Palfrey, Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources and Faculty Co-Director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, argues for leaders of businesses and non-profit organizations to adopt IP policies that go beyond the traditional, highly restrictive “sword and shield” approach, and that instead focus on flexibility and creativity.

Lessig and Gergen on ‘Republic, Lost’ (video)

Lawrence Lessig and David Gergen

At a recent event at Harvard Law School, HLS Professor Lawrence Lessig and Harvard Kennedy School Professor David Gergen discussed Lessig’s new book, “Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It.” The event was co-hosted by the Harvard Law School Library, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership, and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

Berkman Center for Internet & Society partners with Lady Gaga to launch the Born This Way Foundation

Lady Gaga Waving

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society has partnered with Grammy awarding-winning artist Lady Gaga, the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the California Endowment to launch the Born This Way Foundation (BTWF), a non-profit charitable organization that will support programs and initiatives aimed at empowering youth.

Digital Public Library of America announces $5 million in funding, new collaboration at conference

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) – a national project coordinated by Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society to provide access to digital collections from libraries, museums, and archives in the United States – announced $5 million in new funding and a new collaboration at its first conference on Oct. 21. The conference was webcast live from the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

Social Media can thwart repressive regimes’ dynamics, says Berkman fellow

Zeynep Tufekci

Zeynep Tufekci, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, argued that social media have the power to “upset the erstwhile stable dynamics of repression under durable authoritarian regimes” at a luncheon talk sponsored by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Tufekci, who is also a fellow at the Berkman Center, studies the interaction between technology and social, cultural and political dynamics.

Eleven from HLS named to inaugural Fastcase 50 list

In July, Fastcase, a legal research service that provides a comprehensive online national law library, honored 50 leaders in the world of law, scholarship, and legal technology. From lawyers and judges to librarians and government servants, the inaugural list recognized the law’s “smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders.”

White House veterans headed to Harvard Law School

Seal of the President of the United States

This fall, Susan Davies, currently serving as Deputy Counsel to President Barack Obama ’91, will join the HLS faculty as a Lecturer on Law. Vivek Kundra, the U.S. Chief Information Officer at the White House for the past two-and-a-half years, will hold a joint fellowship this fall, splitting his time between the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School.