Future of the Internet – And how to stop it.
Should the director of OPM be fired over its massive data breach?
June 29th, 2015, 03:25 PM
I participate in a regular poll by the Christian Science Monitor on Internet policy topics.  This week’s question was about the recent data breaches at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management: As you can see, most people said yes.  I count myself among good company among the noes, including Dan Kaminsky and Dan Geer.  My answer: […]
Does Santa Exist? A Chat with Eric Kaplan (Transcript)
January 19th, 2015, 03:25 PM
Jonathan Zittrain: This is Jonathan Zittrain speaking. I’m on the line, wherever that is, with one Eric Kaplan, author of “Does Santa Exist? A Philosophical Investigation,” a book that I had the pleasure of reading and that Eric had the burden of writing—and we thought we would talk about it for a little bit. So, […]
Does Santa Exist? A Chat with Eric Kaplan
December 26th, 2014, 03:25 PM
Eric Kaplan is a writer and producer of the Big Bang Theory. He’s also a student and teacher of philosophy. Put the two together and you get Does Santa Exist?, an exploration of metaphysics, life, and ethics, from the point of view of a dangerously smart comedian. Eric and I recorded a conversation about his book, below.  (Spoiler non-alert: […]
Everything you should know about … warrant canaries
December 8th, 2014, 03:25 PM
  Guest post by Naomi Gilens, J.D. Candidate, Harvard Law School [I’m pleased to feature on the blog some of the best work undertaken by HLS students on Internet-related topics. –JZ] In 2002, the FBI used the newly-passed Patriot Act to demand that libraries secretly turn over records of patrons’ reading materials and Internet use. The […]
Why Libraries Matter
September 10th, 2014, 03:25 PM
I’ve written up a piece on Medium on why libraries matter — you can find it here: Vital parts of the Web are censored, poisoned, and lost amidst truthiness. Libraries are our unusual defense. With thanks to Knight Foundation for its new Library Challenge.
Righting the right to be forgotten
July 14th, 2014, 03:25 PM
The F-T just published a piece I wrote about the implementation of the right to be forgotten in Europe.  Here is a draft from which the op-ed was drawn: Last week Google formally launched a blue-ribbon committee of advisors to help it implement the European Court of Justice’s new “right to be forgotten.” Its work is cut out […]
Time capsule crypto can help us commit our secrets to history
June 9th, 2014, 03:25 PM
More than a decade ago, researchers at Boston College interviewed people from both sides of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, promising each contributor to the “Belfast Project” that his or her interview recording wouldn’t be released until the contributor died. In the meantime, the tapes would be deposited at the College’s rare books library under […]
The ten things that define you
May 14th, 2014, 03:25 PM
I’ve written an op-ed for the New York Times about the European Court of Justice’s ruling finding a “right to be forgotten.” After that and my initial blog post in reaction to the court’s ruling, I wanted to share some further thoughts on this fascinating and potentially far-reaching development. First, a refresher on the facts: A […]
Is the EU compelling Google to become about.me?
May 13th, 2014, 03:25 PM
Today the EU’s highest court interpreted the EU’s 1995 Data Protection Directive to mean that individuals should have a shot at insisting that Google and other search engines remove certain search results found upon a search for their names, not because they are false, or infringe copyright, but because they violate a “respect for private life” […]
Reconciling lifestreaming and privacy: tech-facilitated negotiations
January 27th, 2014, 03:25 PM
I’ve long thought that, as tough as privacy against government intrusion and corporate surveillance are, the most novel and complex privacy challenges will be peer-to-peer. With gov’t and corporate privacy issues, the players to be affected are more known and manageable, and impinging on their freedom to collect on us — or report what they […]