Internet & Society Conference - Updates!

The Internet & Society Conference 2007 is coming up this Friday, June 1st at Harvard Law School, and we are delighted that you will be joining us.

In preparation for Friday's conference, please be aware of these details:

CHECK-IN: The conference will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. in Ames Courtroom, which is located in Austin Hall. Check-in will take place starting at 8:00 a.m. in Austin Hall. We request that you register early, as classes will be starting at 9:00 a.m. in Austin Hall on the day of the conference.

DIRECTIONS: The law school is easily accessible by public transportation and is located at the Harvard Square T stop on the Red Line. We encourage you to take public transportation to the conference, as we are unable to provide parking accommodations, and public parking in the area is very limited.

Map of Harvard Campus:

RECEPTION: A reception and keynote presentation by Nicholas Negroponte of the One Laptop per Child Project will take place on the evening of May 31st, and is open to all conference attendees. However, space is very limited for this event. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend. Once we reach capacity we will no longer be able to accommodate conference participants for this reception, regardless of registration.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT DINNERS: On the evening of June 1st, informal groups will assemble for dinner and conversation at various restaurants in Harvard Square. To see the topics of conversation, and to register to participate in the dinner groups, please refer to this wiki page:

CONFERENCE WIKI: If you wish, you can add your name and contact information to the main list of conference participants here:

Also, please feel free to browse the wiki page for the working groups:

The finalized schedule, descriptions of the working groups and participants, and more can be found on our conference website:

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you this Friday!

--The Internet & Society Conference 2007 Organizers

Nicholas Negroponte Featured on 60 Minutes

The Internet & Society Conference keynote speaker, Nicholas Negroponte, was featured on 60 minutes this past weekend. You can watch a video of the piece here.

Negroponte's idea was that kids don't need teachers to learn the how to use the computer. They can pick it up by experimenting on their own - with help from a friend.

"That is what we are doing - is that that kid is showing this kid - that is key," he says.

"They get it instantly. It takes a 10-year-old child about three minutes."

When Stahl asks if he means children who have never used any computer before, Negroponte responds, "Children who've never, in some cases, seen electricity."

UNIVERSITY and its Library

The library focused working group has now been updated! Here's the description:

UNIVERSITY and its Library
Librarians are the navigators of knowledge and access at University. As search and content companies further engage in the realm of University and its Library, how do the roles of library, librarians, and library tools evolve, particularly into digital space? With libraries embracing new content delivery services, creating their own digital taxonomies and resources, and negotiating new relationships with users and vendors, what are the implications for our greatest repositories of knowledge? New tools for mining, mashing up, and networking knowledge are evolving everyday, so how do libraries interface with copyright issues while still forwarding the mission of scholarship? Is there a conflict?
Facilitators: David Weinberger (Berkman Fellow), jessamyn c. west (Librarian), Cathy Norton (Woods Hole Institute Library)

Digital Libraries in Developing Nations: Challenges and Opportunities

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The role and mission of libraries is to collect, organise, preserve and make available the world's cultural and scientific heritage for current and future generations. Publicly funded libraries operating for the public benefit support access to knowledge, as well as education and training, critical to developing nations whose human resource is central to their advancement. Digital technologies are transforming the way that libraries work. What new opportunities are being created? What challenges do we face and how is addressing them?

Teresa Hackett runs eIFL-IP "Advocacy for Access to Knowledge: copyright & libraries", a programme to raise awareness in copyright issues for libraries in 50 developing and transition countries. The goal is to build capacity and expertise amongst the library community and to represent the interests of members in key international policy fora such as WIPO, UNESCO and the WTO. Previously, Teresa was the Director of the European library association (EBLIDA), provided technical support to the European Commission library research programme and was part of the team to establish electronic information centres at the British Council Germany. Teresa is currently an Expert Resource Person on the Copyright and Other Legal Matters Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA-CLM). She is a chartered librarian and in 2004 completed a post-graduate diploma in legal studies at the Dublin Institute of Technology.

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Gavin Yamey on Open Access Journals

As part of our Internet & Society Conference lead up events, Gavin Yamey spoke on "Opening Up to Open Access: What Can Other Disciplines Learn from the Sciences?"

What can academics do to ensure that their research results are included in the growing "knowledge commons?" Gavin Yamey MD, Senior Editor of PLoS Medicine and Consulting Editor of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, shares his experiences in the open access movement and explores possible avenues for its expansion to other fields, with a focus on the social sciences and humanities.

The Public Library of Science, an international non-profit grassroots movement of scientists and physicians, is working to change the status quo by campaigning to make the biomedical literature a freely available global public good. PLoS now publishes 7 open access journals, and is urging traditional biomedical publishers to adopt more socially responsive practices. Will other fields follow in their footsteps? You can check out the audio archive of the discussion here or the video by clicking the image below.

More Gavin Yamey media here:

Knowledge Beyond Authority Interview with Michael Hemment

Michael Hemment is Research Librarian and Head of Scholarly Research Initiatives at Widener Library, here at Harvard University. Recently, MediaBerkman producer Colin Rhinesmith sat down with Michael to discuss a number of pressing issues in the research field.

Download the audio podcast (time: 22:55).

In this Internet & Society 2007 podcast, Michael discusses the available means of research at the University and how the sharing of information will change greatly from the way we understand it today. Some of the specific topics include copyright, fair use, tagging, digital imaging, open source materials, and more. All of these are central to the question of the role of University in Cyberspace - the theme of this year's Internet & Society Conference, Knowledge Beyond Authority.

There are many ways to be involved in this discussion. You can listen to the interview, visit the conference website to add a question for the June 1st conference, register to attend, and help us answer: How should universities relate to intellectual property? With respect to university knowledge creation how interconnected with the public realm should our "library of information" be?

Attribution: Music used in this AudioBerkman podcast was sampled from a track by "pilot" titled "multireplicalproliferation" available under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 license.

AudioBerkman is a production of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 2.5 license.

Nesson on Harvard University

Conference Co-Chair Charles Nesson spoke before a Berkman Center luncheon in December 2006 on the topic "How open will Harvard be to Internet and Society?" You can check out the audio archive of the discussion here or the video by clicking the image below.

Charlie as well spoke before Harvard University Librarians at a luncheon hosted by Professor and Librarian Sid Verba. He spoke about University libraries of the future in a talk called "University in a Google World." The talk was recorded, and is now available in audio and video.

Internet & Society Conference Blog

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