John Palfrey

John Palfrey

Executive Director & Lecturer on Law
Joined on December 16, 2003
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As Executive Director of the Berkman Center, John Palfrey is responsible for managing the center's operations and finance; overseeing the work of its team of staff, fellows and students; and working with the faculty directors to set and carry out its ambitious, public-spirited agenda.

As Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, John is teaching "Cyberlaw and the Global Economy” in the Fall of 2003. He is also co-teaching "Digital Democracy” at HLS this term, which is led by Prof. Charles Nesson and Berkman Senior Fellow Andrew McLaughlin. John also teaches "Internet & Society: the Technologies and Politics of Control” at the Harvard Extension School, which will next be offered in the Spring of 2004.

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A Study on Public Participation in ICANN

The following is an executive summary from the preliminary study by John Palfrey, Clifford Chen, Sam Hwang, and Noah Eisenkraft at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. This study considers to what extent the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has achieved its stated goal of a "representative" and "open" decision-making process. more

The End of the Experiment

Amidst a firestorm of debate, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has experimented with various forms of governance of the domain name system (DNS) involving input from the Internet community since its founding in 1998. ICANN's experimentation in running a representative and open corporate decision-making process has largely failed. This failure has manifested itself most explicitly by ICANN's retreat from its effort to enable the direct election of a subset of its Board members and, less explicitly, by the extent to which other efforts to engage the Internet user community in the decision-making process have proven ineffective. more

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DNSInternet GovernanceICANNDomain NamesNew TLDs

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