Category Archives: Harvard

All home now

From 2007 until about a month ago, I wrote on three blogs that lived at There was my personal blog (this one here, which I started after retiring my original blog), ProjectVRM‘s blog (also its home page), and Trunkline, … Continue reading

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Moving on

I started this blog in August 2007 after the host for my original blog went away. (That blog has been preserved, however. Find it at At the time I was told something like “Hey, Harvard has been around since … Continue reading

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Bet on obsolescence

In New Digital Realities; New Oversight Solutions, Tom Wheeler, Phil Verveer and Gene Kimmelman suggest that “the problems in dealing with digital platform companies” strip the gears of antitrust and other industrial era regulatory machines, and that what we need instead is “a new … Continue reading

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Help: why don’t images load in https?

For some reason, many or most of the images in this blog don’t load in some browsers. Same goes for the ProjectVRM blog as well. This is new, and I don’t know exactly why it’s happening. So far, I gather … Continue reading

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On @Cluetrain, @advertising @social and #NewClues

In There Is No More Social Media — Just Advertising, Mike Proulx (@McProulx) begins, Fifteen years ago, the provocative musings of Levine, Locke, Searls and Weinberger set the stage for a grand era of social media marketing with the publication … Continue reading

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A call for personal tool making at the Legal Hackathon

— is happening this weekend in New York, San Francisco and elsewhere. Read all about it here, here and here. I’ll be there to help start things off, at 10am tomorrow. (Registration starts at 9am.) My job on the opening … Continue reading

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Can we at least try not to kill 440,000 patients per year?

Obamacare matters. But the debate about it also misdirects attention away from massive collateral damage to patients. How massive? Dig To Make Hospitals Less Deadly, a Dose of Data, by Tina Rosenberg in The New York Times. She writes, Until very recently, health care … Continue reading

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The postal model of privacy

On February 25, 2008, the FCC held a hearing on network management practices in the Ames Courtroom at Harvard Law School, hosted by the Berkman Center. In that hearing David P. Reed, one of the Internet’s founding scientists, used a plain envelope to explain how the Internet … Continue reading

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The biggest picture

I want to plug something I am very much looking forward to, and encourage you strongly to attend. It’s called The Overview Effect, and it’s the premiere of a film by that title. Here are the details: Friday, December 7, 2012 … Continue reading

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Maybe we’re the only hope for Apple maps

Take a look at these screenshots of maps on my iPhone 4, running iOS 6: On the left,, made mobile. On the right, Apple’s new Maps app, which comes with iOS 6. The location in both cases is Harvard … Continue reading

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