The Fellowship of the Net

by Andrew McAfee on May 26, 2009

Even though I’m heading down the river to a sweet gig at MIT, my affiliation with Harvard will continue. I’ve been named a fellow at the University’s Berkman Center for the Internet and Society, starting in July. This is a real honor, and I’m very grateful.

The Berkman Center, which started at the Law School, is a legendary gathering place for sharp people who are interested in the the Internet’s impact. I look down the list of current and past fellows, see people like Jimmy Wales, Karim Lakhani, David Weinberger, and Doc Searls, and know that I’ll learn a lot and have great sounding boards for ideas. Since Charles Nesson is on the Berkman faculty I might also get in some good poker games…

I’d like to thank all the Berkman faculty and staff, particularly Urs Glasser and Colin Maclay, for giving me this opportunity. I am confident that my association with the Center will give me plenty to think (and blog) about.

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    Could you give us an idea of how many of the Berkman Fellows actually studied within the program to earn the title of “Fellow”, versus how many were just named out of “honor” to the title?

    Considering all the bad press Jimmy Wales generates, I'm not sure the Center is so tickled that they made him a Fellow, just because he was all the buzz a couple of years ago. Since then, we've seen a break-up on Wikipedia with his hotel fling (while he was still married), the failure of OpenServing.com, the failure of Wikia Search, and (very recently) the discovery of identity fraud of one of his appointments (“Sam Blacketer”) to the Wikipedia Arbitration Committee.

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  • chinesedemocracy

    Im also interested in some more informatin about Berkman Fellows, and how did he studied within the program to earn the title of “Fellow”. I am intrigued but cant seem to find much information about it,
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