Post date: February 11, 2004
The Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School has launched a new project, AudioBerkman, which will spotlight controversial issues related to the Internet, technology and the law. With one click, listeners can hear what industry experts and decision makers have to say about the subjects that are making news in cyberspace.
"We're always trying to make our research accessible to more and more people," says John Palfrey, executive director of the Berkman Center. "The AudioBerkman pieces package some of our best thinking on topics like the digital media crisis, spam and Internet strategies in developing countries in a way that's easy on the ears. We're proud of our traditional scholarship in the form of law review articles, white papers, classes at HLS and big conferences. Meanwhile, we want to push the envelope in terms of form and content so that we're constantly reaching a broader audience."
The most recent AudioBerkman piece, "The Gadget Factor in the Digital Media Debate," explores the way portable MP3 players like the iPod are shaking up the world of online music. These gadgets have changed the way people enjoy music and are challenging old assumptions about digital media. "The Gadget Factor" features interviews with music industry experts, technology specialists, lawyers and RIAA President Cary Sherman, who have different views about the iPod and the future of digital media.