Harvard's influential and impressive Berkman Center for Internet & Society is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a conference on "The Future of the Internet" that started yesterday and concludes tomorrow.
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is there today, along with Michael Fricklas, an executive vice president of Viacom. Bigwig political blogger Joshua Micah Marshall will preside over the keynote lunch tomorrow. Most impressive to me is the fact that my friend, Berkman fellow Ethan Zuckerman, who's just had eye surgery, and has been forbidden by his doctor to leave the house or remove his blindfold, showed up at the event anyway. And -- having removed his blindfold -- he's blogging about it.
Here's some inside baseball, from Zuckerman's blog:
This event is an interesting blend of birthday party, complete with a certain degree of self-congratulation, and academic conference, featuring Berkman faculty as speakers. There’s a lot to celebrate. John Palfrey, our fearless leader, has just been elevated to vice-dean of the law school, responsible for the library and information services of the institution. The Center is moving from a Law School center to a “university-wide” center… though it’s a bit unclear what that move will mean. Yochai Benkler has joined our team, and with Cass Sunstein moving to Harvard Law, we’re hoping he’ll join as well. And Dean Elena Kagan urges us to use this conference as a chance to convince Jonathan Zittrain to accept an offer to take a tenured position at Harvard, where he taught until a few years ago.
That's very interesting. Now for God's sake, Ethan, go home and put your blindfold back on!
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