My Fellowship at the Berkman Center

I have been awarded a fellowship at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, for the 2013–2014 academic year. I’m excited about this; Berkman and Harvard is where a lot of the cool kids hang out, and I’m looking forward to working with them this coming year.

In particular, I have three goals for the year:

  • I want to have my own project. I’ll be continuing to work on my research—and possible book—on security and power and technology. There are a bunch of people I would like to work with at Harvard: Yochai Benkler, Larry Lessig, Jonathan Zittrain, Joseph Nye, Jr., Steven Pinker, Michael Sandel. And others at MIT: Ethan Zuckerman, David Clark. I know I’ve forgotten names.
  • I want to make a difference on a few other Berkman projects. I don’t know what yet, but I know there will be options.
  • I want to work with some students on their projects. There are always interesting student projects, and I would like to be an informal adviser on a few of them. So if any of you are Harvard or MIT students and have a project you think I would be interested in, please e-mail me.

I’m not moving to Boston for the year, but I’ll be there a lot.

Posted on July 13, 2013 at 6:30 PM24 Comments


A July 13, 2013 6:44 PM

Great to hear – hope you’ll give some talks. There is a lot to clean up these days!

Alea July 14, 2013 12:45 AM

Great to hear. You will enjoy the environment, academia may move to a different beat and pace, but it stimulates ideas and creativity.

jake July 14, 2013 3:59 AM

congratulations, bruce!

it appears your recent narratives gaining traction with the mainstream media are doing all sorts of things for your career. this praise is long overdue and i hope everything continues to go your way.

don’t forget to keep it real in the ivory tower.

Clive Robinson July 14, 2013 5:45 AM

@ Bruce,

Well done, enjoy but not so much you don’t get any work done 😉

As for living in Boston, the center is nice compared to a number of other US cities I’ve been to, but I wouldn’t want to spend more than a weekend or two at a time. However get out to some of the suburbs within cycling distance and I’d quite happily stay there till my beard grew long enough for me to cover all my shirt buttons 🙂

Theodore Ts'o July 14, 2013 7:15 AM

Hey Bruce, I’m sure you will be super busy, but it would be great to catch up while you are in town in the Boston Area. I think the last time we’ve had a chance to see each other was at your party at your house after one of the Minneapolis IETF meetings. 🙂

— Ted

Figureitout July 14, 2013 9:21 AM

Hopefully none of the projects involve cracking JSTOR/PACER to free up information that should be public, otherwise you may be arbitrarily persecuted into suicide.

NobodySpecial July 14, 2013 1:37 PM

@figureitout – just remember the first rule of taxpayer funded academic research is you don’t talk about taxpayer funded academic research

Sofakinbd July 14, 2013 11:17 PM

Congratulations Bruce, I’m sure you will do great things with the fellowship. Perhaps make more progress on the feudal security research.

  • Sofa

JJ July 15, 2013 1:48 AM

I suspect this Fellowship is just a trick to get you to throw the Ring into Mount Doom.

Figureitout July 15, 2013 12:37 PM

–Sounds more like the rules of a fight club run by a schizophrenic.

Parwez Mohammad, New Delhi July 15, 2013 1:59 PM

Congrats Bruce and I am sure you will add up in the flavor of understanding within Berkman Centre.

SomeHarvardScientist July 15, 2013 3:54 PM

Congrats! Please announce any talks you give in Boston on this site beforehand, I would love to hear you speak.

Doc Searls July 16, 2013 8:27 AM

Congrats, Bruce. It’s terrific to have you in the Berkman fold.

If you need help with anything, let me know — though I’m sure you’ll be getting plenty. Berkman folk are a helpful bunch.

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