Halt and Catch Fire

I recently came across a new series on Netflix, “Halt and Catch Fire.” Seems to consider a lot of the themes we spoke about during our class.  

Creativity through privacy v NSA

Creativity through privacy v NSA

You will likely have come across this news in the last 24 hours, that the NSA is being sued by Wikimedia/ACLU for their Dragnet surveillance program: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/03/10/wikipedia-sues-nsa-dragnet-internet-surveillance/ I think it’s fair to say this is one of the first modern legal battles to consider creativity through the lens of privacy. As Jon mentioned yesterday, as we drill […]

Data States

http://www.wired.com/2015/02/an-open-conversation-for-facebook-friends/ This article encapsulates a lot of the themes I raised during my presentation on privacy – particularly in the sense of shifting our understanding of tech giants, from mere service/efficiency providers to something more. The author suggests that ‘something more’ is to view these tech giants as Data States. And I think this quote relates that […]


“Many people I’ve talked to say that they’re careful about what they type into search engines because they know that it’s being recorded. And that limits the boundaries of their intellectual exploration” – Edward Snowden. The quote above is from Citizenfour, an Oscar-winning documentary that was finally released on iTunes today. I can’t recommend it […]

Tuesday Presentation Materials

Ahead of my presentation on Tuesday, please check out the following: Glen Greenwald: Why privacy matters   Sarah Lewis: Creativity and Privacy Go Hand in Hand Chapter 11 of Code 2.0 Have a great weekend, Amjad

Creativity Without Law

Creativity Without Law

This is a webcast of a conference that took place this past November entitled “Creativity Without Law”, co-sponsored by the Harvard Berkman Center: The event will focus on the growing body of scholarship examining the on-the-ground practices of creators and innovators. That scholarship challenges intellectual property orthodoxy by suggesting that incentives for creative production often exist […]