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Jonathan Zittrain
Works at Harvard Law School, Berkman Center for Internet & Society
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Chinese citizens say they don't feel watched or censored online. Maybe they think the pollster is taking names? http://thediplomat.com/2014/04/chinese-dont-believe-theyre-being-watched-and-censored/
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totally normalized. 
pretty easy to get buy-in when the std of living is consistently improving. and the US is no city on a hill (neither is anyone else), so there's no alternative that is obviously better.
When products and services with provable privacy out compete their panoptic rivals, then we'll start to see a shift in thinking. I doubt that a nation state will take the lead on this, instead it will be community/technology/principle driven. 
Before I ramble on forever - I do recommend checking out Ethereum if you haven't done so already. Your head may hurt, but it is fascinating: ethereum.org
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Google Glass built into eyewear is like cameras built into mobile phones: the path to ubiquity. http://beta.slashdot.org/story/199855 
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How Dungeons & Dragons Prepares You for Law and Life --@berkmancenter discussion + webcast w/@ethanfreak tomorrow http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2014/02/gilsdorf
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The @berkmancenter at Harvard is looking for an adventurer to serve as its operations director. Explore and apply at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/getinvolved/jobs/operationsdirector
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Defending an Unowned Internet Defending an Unowned Internet: Opportunities for Technology, Policy, and Corporations via @berkmancenter w/@schneierblog, @ybenkler, @yahoobhrp, and @benjaminwittes
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this is great stuff - thx for posting. Minute 45 is HUGE. Does the decreasing cost of death/destruction represent a fundamental limit to progress?
The idea is obv not new, I like Martin Shubik's treatment in Terrorism, Technology and the Socioeconomics of Death*. (Shattuck's Forbidden Knowledge** is also good. Bill Joy's Why the Future Doesn't Need Us***)  
Taken to an extreme, every person would have their finger on the button - not just of a nuke, but total annihilation of earth, all existence... take your pick. Clearly this would not be a world suited for human beings with all our flaws: from simple errors in judgment to malice and madness and all the rest. 
All of this is a potential answer to Fermi's Paradox - why aren't we finding signs of advanced life in the universe? They keep destroying themselves. The development of technology is a curse of sorts and none of them can pass through this great filter. 
It takes little imagination to see this could play out in our own world.
One tendency is to want to limit freedom, to concentrate power. But this has obvious risks. 
One of the core challenges of digital technologies is the low cost of replication - if you create a technology that enables high degrees of anonymity and privacy and secrecy and all that, it's impossibly costly to limit those tools to just the "good people." Everyone seems to agree that some people need those protections. But we lack mechanisms for limiting access. Post-Snowden we're going to see a wave of new tech, it looks like we'll finally have usable low-cost high-grade crypto tools. and they'll be available to everyone... 
What happens then? I think new systems of restraint will emerge (primarily pseudonymous reputation laid on top of existing law and norms)...
it'll be interesting... 

*Shubik paper - http://cowles.econ.yale.edu/P/cp/p09b/p0952.pdf
**Shattuck - http://www.amazon.com/Forbidden-Knowledge-From-Prometheus-Pornography/dp/0156005514
* Joy - http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/8.04/joy.html
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No, Barack Obama Isn't Handing Control of the Internet Over to China via @tnr http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117093/us-withdraws-icann-why-its-no-big-deal
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Excellent talk at Webstock '14 by @baconmeteor explaining that where the theremin goes, so goes the Net - https://static.pinboard.in/webstock_2014.htm
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Talking with @ethanfreak next week about how Dungeons & Dragons prepares you for life http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2014/02/gilsdorf - open to all w/RSVP, and webcast live
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