[Busec] Harvard, Dec 4: Yochai Benkler: "NSA Bulk Surveillance and the Problem of Freedom"

Sharon Goldberg goldbe at cs.bu.edu
Mon Dec 2 14:41:21 EST 2013

The following seminar at Harvard looks interesting.
 Yochai Benkler: "NSA Bulk Surveillance and the Problem of Freedom"
See also: CRCS Lunch
Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 12:00pm to 1:30pm

*CRCS Lunch Seminar*

*Date:* Wednesday, December 4, 2013
*Time:* 12:00pm – 1:30pm
*Place:* Maxwell Dworkin 119

*Speaker:* Prof. Yochai Benkler <http://benkler.org/>, Jack N. and Lillian
R. Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, Harvard Law
School; Director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society

*Title:* NSA Bulk Surveillance and the Problem of Freedom

*Abstract:*The talk will discuss NSA bulk surveillance, the oversight
systems that exist as we know them, and the role of Edward Snowden and the
journalists he worked with as a case study in what it means to be "free"
for human beings always and necessarily embedded in imperfect overlapping
systems of affordance and constraint, and how the ethical question "how
shall I be as a human being embedded in such systems?" connects to the
political question "why should we as a polity embrace an open society, and
how should we go about becoming and maintaining ourselves as such a

Yochai Benkler is the Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at
Harvard Law School, and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for
Internet and Society at Harvard University. Since the 1990s he has played
a role in characterizing the role of information commons and decentralized
collaboration to innovation, information production, and freedom in the
networked economy and society. His books include The Wealth of Networks:
How social production transforms markets and freedom (Yale University Press
2006), which won academic awards from the American Political Science
Association, the American Sociological Association, and the McGannon award
for social and ethical relevance in communications. In 2012 he received a
lifetime achievement award from Oxford University "in recognition of his
extraordinary contribution to the study and public understanding of the
Internet and information goods." His work is socially engaged, winning him
the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award in 2011, the Electronic Frontier
Foundation's Pioneer Award for 2007, and the Public Knowledge IP3 Award in
2006. It is also anchored in the realities of markets, and was cited as
"perhaps the best work yet about the fast moving, enthusiast-driven
Internet" by the Financial Times and named best business book about the
future in 2006 by Strategy and Business. Benkler has advised governments
and international organizations on innovation policy and
telecommunications, and serves on the boards or advisory boards of several
nonprofits engaged in working towards an open society. His work can be
freely access at benkler.org.
Maxwell Dworkin 119

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