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In another post today, I wrote about the courtship of Jonathan Zittrain during Harvard Law School's two-day  Berkman@10  Conference to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Berkman Center for Internet & Society. In addition to revealing the law school's offer of a tenured teaching position to Zittrain, Dean Elena Kagan had another major announcement to kick off the event. The Berkman Center will no longer be exclusively a law school project and instead will be a university-wide, interfaculty initiative. "By becoming an interfaculty initiative at Harvard, the Berkman Center will expand its reach into other disciplines and take advantage of synergies across the university, all while retaining its home and roots at the Law School," she said. According to the Harvard University Gazette, the law school will remain Berkman's base of operation and Berkman will continue to operate its Cyberlaw Clinic, which provides free legal services on cutting-edge issues involving technology and the Internet.

Last month, the law school announced that Berkman's longtime executive director, John Palfrey, had been named to become head of the Harvard law library. Now, in what is sure to be a much sought-after position, Harvard has opened the search for a new executive director, a "dynamic" person to "play a vital role in building on Berkman's past, helping to guide us into Berkman '3.0.'" Here is the full job posting.

And lest I leave the impression that this conference was all-Zittrain, it was not. The event brought together a who's who of the Internet cognoscenti, both as speakers and attendees. Other speakers included Harvard Law Prof. Yochai Benkler, entrepreneur and journalist Esther Dyson, former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt, Viacom GC Michael D. Fricklas, Talking Points Memo publisher Joshua Micah Marshall and Wikipedia cofounder Jimmy Wales. And the attendees, who came from all over the world, were equally impressive.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on May 19, 2008 at 11:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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