Berkman Center Announces 2013-2014 Fellows and Community Members

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University today announced the fellows, faculty associates, and affiliates who will join the community in the 2013-2014 academic year, continuing a tradition of providing a home for some of the most incisive minds in law, technology, and social science, alongside path-breaking entrepreneurs and activists.

“Our incoming community is brimming with vision, talent, and a commitment to understand and drive change across the world, both online and off,” Urs Gasser, Berkman’s Executive Director, said.  “With curiosity, rigor, and friendship, this network will explore and transform our collective knowledge, use, and governance of the Internet and digital technologies.  We are privileged to bring these incredible people together at Berkman in the coming year.”
The diverse class of fellows will work primarily in Cambridge, MA alongside Berkman Directors and staff, and will serve as key instigators within the vibrant research community.  Honoring the networked ethos central to Berkman, faculty associates and affiliates from institutions the world over will actively collaborate with the Berkman community through an array of channels.  These relationships, as well as the countless fruitful engagements with alumni, partners, students, interns, and other colleagues, are fundamental to the Berkman Center’s work and identity, and serve to increase the capacity of the field and generate opportunities for lasting impact.

Joining the community in 2013-2014 as Berkman fellows:

Osman Tolga Aricak, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at Fatih University in Istanbul, will focus his research on cyberbullying among adolescents and will work with the Youth and Media Project as a methodologist and statistician.

Axel Arnbak, information law scholar and Ph.D. candidate at University of Amsterdam's Institute for Information Law (IViR), will analyze U.S. and E.U. cybersecurity governance models and their interplay with communications freedoms.

Marguerite Avery, Senior Acquisitions Editor at The MIT Press, will focus on seeking out solutions for scholarly publishing to accommodate the changing needs of scholars, primarily around the issues of truly digital content in its many formats and publishing models for open access.

Allen Bargfrede, Executive Director of Rethink Music at Berklee College of Music, will continue his work on the development of new business models for music and will examine the impact of policy changes on creative industries.

Gerrit Beger, lead of UNICEF's global social media and digital engagement team in New York City, will engage the issue of digital citizenship and safety and will advance sustained digital engagement around children's rights related to their health, protection, and education.

Yang Cao, Associate Professor and Vice Director of Intellectual Property Research Center at Shanghai University of Political Science and Law, will work on cyberspace governance, especially on virtual freedom and justice.

Dan Cohen, Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America, will build out the DPLA, and address the technical, social, and legal challenges that are part of that project.

Aimee Corrigan, Media Producer and Director of Nollywood Workshops, will seek to leverage independent filmmaking as a vehicle for engagement and education in Nigeria and other emerging creative industries, exploring content distribution, transmedia storytelling, and integrated social campaigns.

Kate Darling, Research Specialist at MIT Media Lab, will explore the intersection of law and robotics, in particular the ethical, privacy, and liability issues of increasingly autonomous and socially interactive technologies.

Tim Davies, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southampton and open data research coordinator at the World Wide Web Foundation, will build a research network exploring the emerging impacts of open data in developing countries and the impacts of open data on democratic processes.

Primavera De Filippi, researcher at the CERSA (CNRS / Université Paris II), will investigate the concept of "governance by design" as it relates to cloud computing and peer-to-peer technologies.

Ana Enriquez, a recent graduate from Berkeley Law School, will contribute to the Berkman Center’s efforts to test, incubate, and advance new interdisciplinary methodologies and approaches in teaching and learning.

Camille François, Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Scholar at Columbia University's Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War & Peace Studies, will work on topics ranging from Internet education to cyberwar.

Shane Greenstein, Professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, will further elaborate his research on innovation from the edges and will study slant and bias in Wikipedia.

Peter Hirtle, Senior Policy Advisor at Cornell University, will investigate the impact of contracts and license terms on the public domain.

Chunyang Hu, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication in the School of Journalism at Fudan University, will probe into how social media and micro-blogging  reconfigures relations between states and citizens, and causes shifts in patterns and mechanisms of contentious politics.

Malavika Jayaram, practising lawyer, Ph.D. scholar, and Fellow at the Centre for Internet and Society in Bangalore, will explore the business case for protecting privacy and free speech in India, and the shaping of a multi-stakeholder engagement about digital free will.

Amy Johnson, Ph.D. candidate in the History, Anthropology, and STS program at MIT, will consider, “what happens when online parody is taken (too) seriously?”.

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