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Thursday, March 31 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Mapping the Landscape for Online Removal Requests: A Research Workshop w/the Berkman Center's Lumen Project

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Lumen is a research project located at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society devoted to collecting and analyzing requests to remove material from online. Our goals are to educate the public, to facilitate research about the different kinds of complaints and requests for removal--both legitimate and questionable--that are being sent to Internet publishers and service providers, and to provide as much transparency as possible about the “ecology” of such notices, in terms of who is sending them and why, and to what effect.
The requests, indexed by topic and stored in our searchable database, include DMCA takedown notices submitted by the individual senders or recipients, including Internet providers and hosts such as Google, Twitter, Reddit, Wikipedia, Wordpress, and others. The database also includes requests for removal based on different concerns from copyright, ranging from privacy and trademark to “revenge porn” and defamation.
Recently, as part of an effort to more accurately reflect the global nature of the removal request ecosystem, Lumen announced a new international vision and plans, as well as pilot partnerships with teams at top research centers in India, Italy and Brazil.
Lumen would like to open the workshop with a brief introduction to the project and its history as well as a with a short tour and demonstration of the site and its API, including a live demonstration of how to: submit notices to Lumen with the site’s webform; submit notices through the site’s API; query the database with the site’s search function and; query the database through the API We do not foresee this “Tech Demo” piece of things taking longer than 10 minutes.
Once attendees are familiar with Lumen, we will begin an open discussion about: the possible research opportunities Lumen’s database affords, and how we can help to both facilitate such research and expand the research community; other possible uses for the database that we may not have considered, ways in which we might most successfully seek out other sources of notices to make the database more comprehensive and useful; and finally, what improvements for the site the project might focus on in 2016. The session will be primarily centered around research, but also will examine ways to expand the corpus of data on which the research will rely and to improve the tools available.

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Chris Bavitz

Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Christopher T. Bavitz is the WilmerHale Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he co-teaches the Counseling and Legal Strategy in the Digital Age seminar and teaches the seminar, Music & Digital Media. He is also Managing Director of HLS’s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. And, he is a Faculty Co-Director of the Berkman Center. Chris concentrates his practice on intellectual property and... Read More →
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Adam Holland

| | Adam is a Project Coordinator at the Berkman Center, where he works primarily on the Lumen project, but also assists with avariety of other intiatives. His research interests include copyright law; human performance, wearables, big data and the "narcissome"; and anywhere technology might provide a path to creating what Kim Stanley Robinson has called "sustainable utopias." | Adam has a bachelor’s degree in Folklore & Mythology... Read More →

Thursday March 31, 2016 2:30pm - 3:45pm
The Fishbowl

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