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May 30, 2012

The virtue of self-restraint

Last night was the annual Berkman dinner. Lovely. It inevitably turned into a John Palfrey love fest, since he is leaving Harvard very soon, and he is much beloved.

People stood and spoke beautifully and insightfully about what John has meant to them. (Jonathan Zittrain and Ethan Zuckerman in addition were predictably hilarious.) But Terry Fisher gave us an insight that was so apt about John and so widely relevant that I’ll share it.

Terry listed some qualities of John’s. The last he talked about started out as John’s very occasional sarcasm; he can be bitingly perceptive about people, but always in private. So, said Terry, JP’s remarked-upon and remarkable niceness and kindness are not due to naivete. Rather, they arise in part from another of John’s virtues: self-restraint. And, from that, said Terry, comes much of the kindness that generally characterizes the Berkman Center.

That struck me not only as true of John, but as such an important quality for civic discourse. Self-restraint is an enabling virtue: its exercise results in a further qualities that make life on a crowded planet more fruitful and enjoyable.

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March 16, 2012

Berkman Buzz

This week’s Berkman Buzz

  • Ethan Zuckerman unpacks ‘Kony 2012′ [link]

  • The metaLAB introduces the world to Biblio, your new library friend [link]

  • The CMLP explores the First Amendment issues surrounding the Fluke/Limbaugh incident [link]

  • Mako Hill encourages greater communication about DRM [link]

  • Aaron Shaw reviews a new paper on “wiki surveys” [link]

  • A Global Voices Guide to SXSW [link]

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March 3, 2012

[berkman] Berkman Buzz

This week’s Berkman Buzz

  • Ethan Zuckerman explores civic video [link]

  • Berkman & the MIT Center for Civic Media examine “truthiness” [link]

  • danah boyd announces The Kinder & Braver World Project: Research Series [link]

  • Mayo Fuster Morell reports on the OWS Forum on the commons [link]

  • The Internet & Democracy Project releases new paper on Internet’s impact on Russian politics, media, and society [link]

  • Zambia: Ban Ki-moon Calls on Nation to Respect Gay Rights [link]

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January 28, 2012

Berkman Buzz

This week’s Berkman Buzz

  • Jonathan Zittrain hosts Computers Gone Wild [link]

  • Yochai Benkler discusses the Megaupload indictment [link]

  • Zeynep Tufekci argues that Twitter’s new tweet blocking policy is good for free speech [link]

  • Wayne Marshall explores nationalism and tradition in Congolese hip-hop [link]

  • Ethan Zuckerman liveblogs the launch of David Weinberger’s “Too Big To Know” [link]

  • Weekly Global Voices: Serbia: The Media War Against Angelina Jolie [link]

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January 16, 2012

Berkman Buzz

This week’s Berkman Buzz

  • Dan Gillmor explores the role of the news ombudsman[link

  • danah boyd is “Generation Flux” [link]

  • Ethan Zuckerman liveblogs Wael Abbas’s talk on video and social media in pre-revolution Egypt [link]

  • metaLAB reviews Jeffrey Schnapp’s new Electric Information Age Book [link]

  • Herdict needs help with a mystery [link]

  • Weekly Global Voices: Kenya/Somalia: Twitter War: Kenyan Army Versus Al Shabaab [link]

(This was scraped from the Berkman page via ScraperWiki)

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December 11, 2011

Berkman Buzz

Berkman Buzz

This week’s Berkman Buzz:

  • The Internet & Democracy Project investigates DDoS attacks during recent elections in Russia: link

  • Public Radio Exchange is launching a new Public Media Accelerator:
    link

  • danah boyd explores the role of technology in human trafficking: link

  • Jonathan Zittrain discusses the proposed SOPA compromise: link

  • Ethan Zuckerman welcomes (sort of) Al-Shabaab to Twitter: link

  • Weekly Global Voices: “Russia: Analyzing the Possible Scale of Saturday’s Election Protests”
    link

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December 3, 2011

Berkman Buzz

This week’s Berkman Buzz:

  • John Palfrey and Jonathan Zittrain advocate in Science for better data for a better Internet:
    link

  • Mayo Fuster Morell discusses the Spanish Revolution and the Internet: link

  • Jonathan Zittrain warns that the personal computer is dead: link

  • Zeynep Tufekci explores the pack mentality in journalism: link

  • The Citizen Media Law Project writes about undercover police monitoring of the Occupy protests in Nashville: link

  • Weekly Global Voices: “Global Voices Podcast: Technology that Empowers!”
    link

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November 20, 2011

Berkman Buzz

This week’s Berkman Buzz:

  • VIDEO: Justin Reich discusses technology and educational equality:
    link

  • Juan Carlos de Martin publishes an op-ed in La Stampa on Italy’s digital agenda [in Italian] link

  • The Citizen Media Law Project reviews an ACLU/NAACP lawsuit revolving around an ad at the Philly International Airport link

  • Dan Gillmor argues against SOPA link

  • Herdict attends the first EU Hackathon link

  • Harry Lewis reviews this week’s government attacks on freedom of speech and thought link

  • Weekly Global Voices: “Zambia: Porn Video Sparks Debate on Gender, Culture and Morality” link

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November 5, 2011

Berkman Buzz

This week’s Berkman Buzz:

  • Wendy Seltzer reports on last week’s ICANN public meeting:
    link

  • The OpenNet Initiative makes its global filtering data available for download and reuse: link

  • Ethan Zuckerman explores the phenomenon of the “rebuttal tweet”: link

  • Jeffrey Schnapp discusses physicality in the libraries of the future:
    link

  • The Citizen Media Law Project keeps track of ACTA: link

  • Weekly Global Voices: “Global Voices Podcast: Bridging the Language Gaps”
    link

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October 29, 2011

Berkman Buzz

This week’s Berkman Buzz:

  • Ethan Zuckerman explores mapping and storytelling at Occupy Wall Street: link

  • Dan Gillmor critiques the WikiLeaks payments blockade: link

  • The Citizen Media Law Project spots Bigfoot fighting for free speech: link

  • Herdict covers China’s censorship of the ‘Occupy’ movement: link

  • Weekly Global Voices: “United Kingdom: At Age 77, a Life of Inspiration”
    link

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