System and Conscience: NSA Bulk Surveillance and the Problem of Freedom

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Global Internet Freedom and Human Rights Distinguished Speaker Series hosted Yochai Benkler, 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 Mr. Benkler 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 Donald McGannon Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communications Policy Research. 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.'

For more information on the Global Internet Freedom and Human Rights Distinguished Speaker Series, co-coordinated by Professor Arturo Carrillo and Professor Dawn Nunziato, click here.

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