Fwd: [Cc-gr] [Fwd: [report-release-list] Berkman Center launches new tool: Herdict Web]

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Claude Almansi

Feb 28, 2009, 10:45:10 AM2/28/09
Hi All

This Herdict Web tool <http://www.herdict.org/> might be worth looking
into more closely than I cursorily have so far, because it allows you
to see what sites appear as blocked from what country/ies, and to
report sites that are blocked in your country. Of course, its accuracy
depends on a critical mass of users - and if <http://www.herdict.org/>
itself gets blocked by an authoritarian government, the people of that
country won't be able to report other blocked sites. Still, it has
indicative potential, it seems.



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From: Theodoros G. Karounos <karo...@mail.ntua.gr>
Date: 2009/2/28
Subject: [Cc-gr] [Fwd: [report-release-list] Berkman Center launches
new tool: Herdict Web]
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From: Mike Linksvayer <m...@creativecommons.org>
Date: 2009/2/26
Subject: Re: [CCi] [Fwd: [report-release-list] Berkman Center launches
new tool: Herdict Web]
To: "c...@lists.ibiblio.org" <c...@lists.ibiblio.org>
Cc: Amar Ashar <as...@cyber.law.harvard.edu>

Dear international project leads,

Passing this along as requested, likely of great interest to many of
you who do cyber liberties work beyond copyright or are connected to
such communities. Please spread the word!

And Berkman has been great for CC, and some of you have been Berkman
fellows, more will be in the future, etc. Hopefully some of the
information published by Herdict will be released under a CC license,
and non-private data under CC0. :-)

If you have questions about Herdict, Berkman's Amar Ashar is cc'd.


On Wed, Feb 25, 2009 at 3:12 PM, Amar Ashar <as...@cyber.law.harvard.edu> wrote:
> Hey Mike!
> Berkman is trying to get the word out far and wide (especially to folks
> outside the US) about Herdict Web, a web tool (the brainchild of Jonathan
> Zittrain), that employs the distributed power of the Internet community to
> provide insight into what users around the world are experiencing in terms
> of web accessibility.
> I was just wondering if you might have any channels you could circulate this
> info/announcement through? I know CC has a ton of contacts abroad - just
> wasn't sure what the best way to reach them is! Please do let me know if you
> have any questions or if there's someone else I should reach out to.
> Thanks!
> Amar
> Good morning,
> Today, a special announcement from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society
> at Harvard University. We are pleased to announce the official launch of
> Herdict Web --
> http://www.herdict.org
> -- a tool that employs the distributed power of the Internet community to
> provide insight into what users around the world are experiencing in terms
> of web accessibility.
> We invite everyone to explore http://www.herdict.org and participate by
> reporting websites that they cannot access, testing sites that others have
> reported, or downloading the browser add-on for reporting sites on the fly.
> Herdict is a portmanteau of ‘herd’ and ‘verdict.’ Using Herdict Web, anyone
> anywhere can report websites as accessible or inaccessible. Herdict Web
> aggregates reports in real time, permitting participants to see if
> inaccessibility is a shared problem, giving them a better sense of potential
> reasons for why a site is inaccessible. Trends can be viewed over time, by
> site and by country.
> The project’s mascot -- a sheep -- demonstrates “the verdict of the herd” in
> a short video at http://www.herdict.org (or
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NggzBHSXdCo).
> The brainchild of Professor Jonathan Zittrain (The Future of the
> Internet--And How to Stop It <http://futureoftheinternet.org/>), Herdict Web
> builds out from the OpenNet Initiative's research on global Internet
> filtering. The OpenNet Initiative tests Internet filtering through an
> academic methodology. Herdict Web takes a different approach, crowdsourcing
> reports to learn about and display a real-time picture of user experiences
> around the globe. For more information about the OpenNet Initiative and the
> book Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering,
> visit http://opennet.net.
> For more about Herdict Web:
> * Visit http://www.herdict.org/web/about
> * Sign up for email updates and announcements, including translations of
> Herdict Web into other languages
> * Check out the Herdict blog at http://www.herdict.org/blog/
> * Watch and listen to Jonathan Zittrain discussing Herdict Web at
> http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2009/02/herdict and
> http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mediaberkman/2009/02/17/radio-berkman-restrictions-connections-visualizations/
> Congratulations to the Herdict project team for their terrific work in
> making Herdict Web a reality!
> Seth Young
> Communications
> Berkman Center for Internet & Society
> Harvard University
> +1.617.384.9135
> *****************************************************************************************************************************************************
> About the Berkman Center for Internet & Society
> The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is a
> research program founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help
> pioneer its development. Founded in 1997, through a generous gift from Jack
> N. and Lillian R. Berkman, the Center is home to an ever-growing community
> of faculty, fellows, staff, and affiliates working on projects that span the
> broad range of intersections between cyberspace, technology, and society.
> More information can be found at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu.
> To change your Berkman Center subscriptions, please visit:
> http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/getinvolved

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