Berkman Center For Internet & Society
The Berkman Center was founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development. We represent a network of faculty, students, fellows, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and virtual architects working to identify and engage with the challenges and opportunities of cyberspace.
We investigate the real and possible boundaries in cyberspace between open and closed systems of code, of commerce, of governance, and of education, and the relationship of law to each. We do this through active rather than passive research, believing that the best way to understand cyberspace is to actually build out into it.
Center for Democracy & Technology
"Preserving the Unique Nature of the Internet: The open, decentralized, and user-controlled nature of the Internet creates unprecedented opportunities for innovation, democratic participation and human development.
Enhancing Freedom of Expression: CDT fights for the right of individuals to communicate, publish and access an unprecedented array of information on the Internet. We oppose governmental censorship and other threats to the free flow of information. We believe that technology tools—not government controls—are the best way to allow families and individuals to make choices about the information they receive on the Internet.
Protecting Privacy: Maintaining privacy on the Internet requires a mix of laws, corporate policies and technology tools giving people control of their personal information.
Limiting Government Surveillance: CDT advocates for stronger legal standards controlling government surveillance, to keep pace with the growing exposure of personal information as digital media have become central to our lives."
"A news resource for CyberLaw and Cyber-Rights issues from around the globe
The CyberLaw Blog will have links to news items, policy initiatives, legal developments, parliamentary debate, and court cases related to the topic of cyberlaw. More specifically, I will cover items related to free speech and censorship, defamation, ISP liability, hate speech and racist content, pornography, child pornography, cybercrimes, privacy, surveillance, data protection, data retention, consumer protection, copyright infringement, P2P networks and piracy, and cyber terrorism."
"Digital Rights Watch is a project that tracks developments in the global debate over digital rights and freedoms. Digital rights have been described as “the permissions of individuals legitimately to perform actions involving the use of a computer, any electronic device, or a communications network.” As such they encompass the often conflicting rights to privacy, freedom of expression and the prevention of “databuse” (described by Benjamin Wittes, the author of the term as “a right against the unjustified deployment of user data in a fashion adverse to the user’s interests”). They also encompass rights of access (such as net neutrality) and commercial and governmental interests versus those of the individual."
"European Digital Rights was founded in June 2002. Currently 28 privacy and civil rights organisations have EDRi membership. They are based or have offices in 18 different countries in Europe. Members of European Digital Rights have joined forces to defend civil rights in the information society. The need for cooperation among organizations active in Europe is increasing as more regulation regarding the internet, copyright and privacy is originating from European institutions, or from International institutions with strong impact in Europe."
Electronic Frontier Foundation
"From the Internet to the iPod, technologies are transforming our society and empowering us as speakers, citizens, creators, and consumers. When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense. EFF broke new ground when it was founded in 1990—well before the Internet was on most people's radar—and continues to confront cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today. From the beginning, EFF has championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights."
Electronic Privacy Information Center
"Focusing public attention on emerging privacy and civil liberties issues
EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values.
EPIC publishes an award-winning e-mail and online newsletter on civil liberties in the information age - the EPIC Alert. We also publish reports and even books about privacy, open government, free speech, and other important topics related to civil liberties."
Future of Privacy Forum
"The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) is a Washington, DC based think tank that seeks to advance responsible data practices. The forum is led by Internet privacy experts Jules Polonetsky and Christopher Wolf and includes an advisory board comprised of leading figures from industry, academia, law and advocacy groups."
Global Voices Advocacy
"Global Voices Advocacy is a project of Global Voices Online. We seek to build a global anti-censorship network of bloggers and online activists throughout the developing world that is dedicated to protecting freedom of expression and free access to information online.
The aim of this network is to raise awareness of online freedom of speech issues, and to share tools and tactics with activists and bloggers facing censorship on different parts of the globe. The network is meant not only to provide support to its members, but also to produce educational guides about anonymous blogging, anti-censorship campaigns, and online organizing. By collaborating with software developers, activists, and bloggers, the network hopes to design new and more appropriate tools to protect our rights on the Internet."
"Herdict is a project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Herdict is a portmanteau of 'herd' and 'verdict' and seeks to show the verdict of the users (the herd). Herdict Web seeks to gain insight into what users around the world are experiencing in terms of web accessibility; or in other words, determine the herdict."
Lauren Weinstein’s Blog
"Anyone interested in more information regarding Internet topics, privacy, and other issues relating to technology and society, including radio and television broadcast and press representatives working on particular shows or stories, or who are in need of background information, are invited to contact Lauren Weinstein, co-founder of PFIR - People For Internet Responsibility, co-founder and moderator of NNSquad - Network Neutrality Squad -- and the founder of the PRIVACY Forum -- directly for interviews and/or information. He created the PRIVACY Forum in 1992, and has been involved with Internet and other technology issues for over 40 years, including at the first site on the ARPANET (the ancestor of the Internet), which was located at UCLA. Lauren is also the founder of the new Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance - GCTIP."
Open Net Initiative
"The OpenNet Initiative is a collaborative partnership of three institutions: the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto; the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University; and the SecDev Group (Ottawa).
Our aim is to investigate, expose and analyze Internet filtering and surveillance practices in a credible and non-partisan fashion. We intend to uncover the potential pitfalls and unintended consequences of these practices, and thus help to inform better public policy and advocacy work in this area. To achieve these aims, the ONI employs a unique multi-disciplinary approach that includes:
- Development and deployment of a suite of technical enumeration tools and core methodologies for the study of Internet filtering and surveillance;
- Capacity-building among networks of local advocates and researchers;
- Advanced studies exploring the consequences of current and future trends and trajectories in filtering and surveillance practices, and their implications for domestic and international law and governance regimes."
People For Internet Responsibility
"People For Internet Responsibility (PFIR) is currently a global, ad hoc network of individuals who are concerned about the present and future operations, development, management, and regulation of the Internet in responsible ways. PFIR is in the process of incorporating as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation. The main goal of PFIR is to provide a resource for individuals around the world to gain an ability to impact these crucial Internet issues, which will affect virtually all aspects of our cultures, societies, and lives in the 21st century. PFIR is nonpartisan, has no political agenda, and does not engage in lobbying."
The Citizen Lab
"The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, Canada focusing on advanced research and development at the intersection of digital media, global security, and human rights.
We are a “hothouse” that combines the disciplines of political science, sociology, computer science, engineering, and graphic design. Our mission is to undertake advanced research and engage in development that monitors, analyses, and impacts the exercise of political power in cyberspace. We undertake this mission through collaborative partnerships with leading edge research centers, organizations, and individuals around the world, and through a pioneering “fusion” methodology that combines technical reconnaissance, field investigations, and data mining, analysis, and visualization."
The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It
"This extraordinary book explains the engine that has catapulted the Internet from backwater to ubiquity—and reveals that it is sputtering precisely because of its runaway success. With the unwitting help of its users, the generative Internet is on a path to a lockdown, ending its cycle of innovation—and facilitating unsettling new kinds of control.
The Internet’s current trajectory is one of lost opportunity. Its salvation, Zittrain argues, lies in the hands of its millions of users. Drawing on generative technologies like Wikipedia that have so far survived their own successes, this book shows how to develop new technologies and social structures that allow users to work creatively and collaboratively, participate in solutions, and become true “netizens.”