Latest Jonathan Zittrain Stories

2010-09-08 13:45:00

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. and WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Omidyar Network today announced a planned grant of up to $1.5M to Herdict, a project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Herdict is a crowdsourcing platform that allows individuals to contribute real-time data about website accessibility and outages around the globe. Stacy Donohue, Omidyar Network director of investments for government transparency, made the announcement during a presentation...

2009-08-31 08:00:00

As the Internet approaches its 40th birthday, a number of observers fear that the openness that has catalyzed innovation and driven its explosive evolution may be coming increasingly under threat from artificial barriers, leaving its future development none too secure. "There is more freedom for the typical Internet user to play, to communicate, to shop"”more opportunities than ever before," Jonathan Zittrain, law professor and co-founder of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet &...

2009-06-30 10:20:00

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on Tuesday announced that it would back away from previous plans to force computer makers to bundle filtering software with all computers. The announcement came less than one day before the ministry was expected to launch the new initiative that would mandate the installation of the Green Dam Youth Escort software on all computers. China intended to impose the new mandate in order to protect its citizens from offensive material,...

2009-06-11 12:30:00

Starting next month, the Chinese government will be requiring that the Green Dam Youth Escort filtering software be installed on all computers. Many citizens have been outspoken in their criticism of the government mandate. China says the software is being implemented in order to filter out violent and pornographic material from the Web. Chinese state media has launched a series of reports aimed at bolstering the new screening software. According to the Associated Press, state...

2008-09-10 09:00:19

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Berkman Center for Internet & Society will host a day and a half-long public meeting of the Internet Safety Technical Task Force (ISTTF) on September 23 and 24 at Harvard Law School. The meeting will be an opportunity for members of the public to learn about the work of the ISSTF, a group of Internet businesses, non-profits, academics, and technology companies working to identify effective tools and technologies to create a safer online...

2008-07-15 09:00:38

To: TECHNOLOGY EDITORS Contact: Jessica Tatlock, Coordinator, Internet Safety Technical Task Force, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, +1-617-384-9129, jtatlock@cyber.law.harvard.edu CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On July 2, 2008, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University formally announced a Request for Technical Submissions as part of the work of the Internet Safety Technical Task Force. The Task Force will continue to accept...

2008-06-24 12:02:28

To: TECHNOLOGY EDITORS Contact: Katie Hallen of 463 Communications, +1-202-463-0013 x213, for StopBadware.org Chinese Networks Are Hosting Majority of the Internets Malware Sites, StopBadware.org Report Finds CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The majority of the Internets malware-infected websites are located on Chinese networks, finds a new report released today by StopBadware.org, the university-based research initiative aimed at protecting users from dangerous...

2008-06-19 06:00:00

By Naughton, John Attempts to 'fix' the internet could rob it of its vital spark The Future of the Internet - And how to stop it Jonathan Zittrain Alien Lane Pounds 20.00 For all the good stuff it offers, the unfettered web has a darker side. But a lockdown in the face of fraud and sabotage won't help, says this author. John Naughton agrees The internet is one of the most amazing things that human beings have ever constructed. From its origins in the 1960s as an experimental network built...

2008-05-08 13:35:00

Professor Jonathan Zittrain says the rising popularity of marketable gadgets like the iPhone, Blackberry and Xbox could potentially stifle creativity and technological innovation.The professor of Internet governance and regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University, refers to the devices as "sterile" boxes that turn consumers into passive users of technology, rather than being engaged in the sort of technological tinkering that leads to new discovery.He fears that...

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