Berkman Center Announces 2010-2011 Fellows

Berkman Center Announces 2010-2011 Fellows

Cambridge, MA – The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University today announced its new class of fellows for the 2010-2011 academic year, continuing a tradition of providing a home to many of the brightest and most creative minds in law, technology, and social science, as well as leading entrepreneurs and activists. Joining the Berkman Center is an opportunity for fellows to further pursue their current work, to incubate new ideas, and to apply their expertise more directly to the Center’s interdisciplinary research agenda.

“We are thrilled to have such a gifted and engaged group of fellows from so many different disciplinary, professional, and personal backgrounds on board this year,” said Berkman Center Executive Director Urs Gasser. “Fellows play an essential part in our pursuit of rigorous research and scholarship with impact. Looking at the class of 2010-11, there is no doubt that the diverse and outstanding group of fellows will continue to fuel the Berkman Center’s activities and broaden its perspectives in the months and years to come.”

New 2010-2011 Berkman fellows:

Brad Abruzzi works with the Office of the General Counsel at Harvard University and will research uncertainty in copyright law and its implications for free speech.

Mike Ananny, who in addition to his Berkman fellowship will be a postdoctoral researcher at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, will be studying new meanings in press freedom.

Jim Bessen, of Boston University’s School of Law, will research the ways in which small innovations made by builders and users of new technologies influence jobs, wages, inequality, and global competitive advantage.

Glenn Otis Brown, currently head of music partnerships at YouTube and board member of Creative Commons, returns to Berkman to work on projects focused on the relative effectiveness of machines, crowds, and experts in dealing with specific Internet policy problems.

Sasha Costanza-Chock, who is also a Knight Media Policy Fellow at the New America Foundation, will work on research, tools, and strategy to advance media justice and communication rights.

Yashomati Ghosh, coming from the National Law School of India University on a Fulbright Scholarship, will study the impact of technology on the rights of users in the emerging field of online music.

Jeffrey Huang from the Media x Design Laboratory of the Ecoles Polytechniques Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland will write on design issues related to online collaborative platforms.

Brian Kernighan comes to Berkman from Princeton University and will conduct research on the ways in which technology should inform public policy and how educational systems should support those efforts.

Catharina Maracke, of Keio University`s Shonan Fujisawa Campus, plans to collaborate with the Berkman Center on studies related to the legal aspects of Cloud Computing and to the role of Universities in the development of Internet policies.

Maura Marx, Executive Director of the Open Knowledge Commons, plans to work on a framework for an open, public access digital library and on issues related to mass digitization of libraries, museums, and archives.

Joseph Reagle returns to Cambridge, and the Berkman Center, to pursue his work on collaboration and the culture of Wikipedia.

Aaron Shaw rejoins Berkman from the University of California, Berkley, to continue his research on online cooperation and public goods.

Clay Shirky will be working on the tension between individual motivations and group governance in voluntary collaborative efforts.

Tom Stites, founder and president of the Banyan Project, plans to do detailed business planning for this award-winning nonprofit web journalism venture.

Toshie Takahashi, of Rikkyo University in Japan, will contribute to the Youth and Media Policy Working Group Initiative from a comparative perspective by studying Internet usage habits of digital natives in the US, UK, and Japan.

Doreen Tu comes from Taiwan’s District Prosecutors Office in Taipei, and will conduct research on botnets, the impact of cross-border cybercrimes, and strategies to combat them.

Hugo Van Vuuren will join the Center as a fellow while a student at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and will conduct research on technology, design, and innovation in the developing world.

Fellows returning for 2010-2011 include: David Abrams, David Ardia, Christopher Bavitz, Sam Bayard, Sandra Cortesi, Judith Donath, Hao Dong, Oliver Goodenough, Eszter Hargittai, Kimberley Isbell, Jason Kaufman, Dave Rand, Hal Roberts, Jeffrey Schnapp, Dena Sacco (Cooley Cyberlaw Clinic Fellow), Peter Suber, and Kevin Wallen.

The Berkman Center’s inaugural Fellowship Advisory Board members — Wendy Seltzer, Jake Shapiro, David Weinberger, and Ethan Zuckerman — will reprise their roles in the next academic year. They will continue their deep involvement in the Center’s activities, the fellows program, and Berkman’s growing network of affiliated researchers.

In addition to new and returning fellows and the Fellowship Advisory Board, the Berkman Center also welcomes a group of Faculty Associates for the 2010-2011 academic year, including: Fernando Bermejo, Michael Best, Dan Gillmor, Matthew Hindman, Lewis Hyde, Beth Kolko, Karim Lakhani, Harry Lewis, Miriam Meckel, Christian Sandvig, and Eric Von Hippel.

Finally, the Berkman Center and the Center for Research on Computation and Society, based at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, will continue to operate a joint fellowship program and further deepen the collaboration among faculty, fellows, staff members, and students across schools.

About the Berkman Center for Internet and Society
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is a research program founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development. Founded in 1997, through a generous gift from Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman, the Center is home to an ever-growing community of faculty, fellows, staff, and affiliates working on projects that span the broad range of intersections between cyberspace, technology, and society. More information can be found at

Seth Young

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