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Prof. John G. Palfrey Jr., Esq.


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May 2007: '"Over the course of five years, we've gone from just a few places doing state-based technical filtering, like China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, to more than two dozen," says John Palfrey, executive director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. "As Internet censorship and surveillance grow, there's reason to worry about the implications of these trends for human rights, political activism, and economic development around the world."'

http://www.technologyreview.com/Infotech/18749/?a=f

October 2007: 'John Palfrey, executive director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School (which has posted this blog on recent events in Burma), explains Burma's repression techniques--including what he calls the "nuclear-bomb approach" it deployed last week.'

http://www.technologyreview.com/web/19474/page1/

October 2007: The fact that Myanmar's total blackout lasted only a week, for instance, gives hope to John Palfrey, a professor at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. The country's ruling junta, which controls its only Internet service provider, couldn't simply leave the Internet 'off' without blocking its own communication, hampering the country's economy, and making Myanmar look like even more of a pariah to the world, he argues.

http://www.forbes.com/technology/2007/10/12/internet-respessive-regimes-tech-cx_ag_1012netregimes.html

August 2006: ``Imagine that your life is recorded in such a way that never happened in the history of mankind and that information can be discovered in the course of litigation,'' said John Palfrey, executive director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/business/15318880.htm

Relationships

RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Berkman Center for Internet & Society Organization Aug 29, 2006
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Harvard University Organization Aug 29, 2006
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) StopBadware.org Organization Aug 29, 2006

Articles and Resources

Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at:
Aug 07, 2009 Professor Main Target of Assault on Twitter

QUOTE: The cyberattacks Thursday and Friday on Twitter and other popular Web services disrupted the lives of hundreds of millions of Internet users, but the principal target appeared to be one man: a 34-year-old economics professor from the republic of Georgia.

New York Times
Oct 12, 2007 Broadband Big Brothers

QUOTE: Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma, is just one of more than 50 countries around the world that keep their citizens from seeing pieces of the Internet. China attempts to block all online references to sensitive issues like Taiwanese independence and the Tiananmen Square protest. Censors in Iran block almost all content on dating and homosexuality.

Forbes
Oct 03, 2007 Burma's Internet Crackdown It's the "nuclear bomb" of Internet repression, says John Palfrey.

QUOTE: Last week--after images of the beatings of Buddhist monks and the killing of a Japanese photographer leaked out via the Internet--Burma's military rulers took the ultimate step, apparently physically disconnecting primary telecommunications cables in two major cities, in a drastic effort to stop the flow of information from Burma to the rest of the world.

Technology Review
May 18, 2007 Net Censorship on the Rise: Twenty-five out of 41 governments studied block or filter Net content, says a survey by the university-backed OpenNet Initiative (ONI)

QUOTE: Twenty-five out of 41 governments studied block or filter internet content, according to a survey carried out by OpenNet Initiative (ONI), which is made up of groups at Cambridge University, Harvard Law School, Oxford University and the University of Toronto. This compares to just a few countries filtering content five years ago, said the researchers. The governments are not just blocking websites but also services and applications such as Google Maps or Skype.

BusinessWeek
May 18, 2007 Internet Increasingly Censored The first comprehensive global survey of Internet filtering shows that online repression is on the rise worldwide.

QUOTE: "Over the course of five years, we've gone from just a few places doing state-based technical filtering, like China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, to more than two dozen," says John Palfrey, executive director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.

Technology Review
May 04, 2007 Builders, Contractors Hammer Consumer Sites: Lawsuits Seek to Muzzle Critics

QUOTE: Before the Internet came along, consumers had little practical recourse against homebuilders and contractors unless they were willing to wage an expensive and time-consuming legal battle. Consumer complaint sites have changed all that but builders aren't taking the criticism without fighting back.

ConsumerAffairs.com
Feb 27, 2007 The Online-Video Takedown Smackdown: Filmmakers say their material is being unfairly removed from video-sharing sites, accusing Viacom and its ilk of censorship

QUOTE: Amateur filmmaker Matt Hawes thought his video spoof of MTV's The Real World was sufficiently funny to get noticed on YouTube. But the Indiana resident wasn't laughing earlier this month when his video grabbed the attention of MTV parent Viacom (VIA) and was removed from the video-sharing site for alleged copyright infringement. "It was a parody of reality television in general," says Hawes. "Obviously no one had bothered to watch it."

BusinessWeek
Aug 20, 2006 What do they know about you? MN SURVEY OF BIG 4 FIRMS SHOWS YOUR WANDERINGS ONLINE MAY NOT BE AS SECRET AS YOU WOULD LIKE

QUOTE: America's top four Internet companies -- Google, Yahoo, AOL and Microsoft -- promise they will protect the personal information of people who use their online services to search, shop and socialize. But a close read of their privacy policies reveals as much exposure as protection.

San Jose Mercury News