It’s no secret that academics are an important source of inspiration for Students for Free Culture – after all, our name comes from a book by Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig. Since the initial stirrings in 2003, SFC has looked to the research and advocacy of professors from disciplines as diverse as law, media studies and computer science; however, our relationship has always been informal, albeit fruitful.
In the hopes of taking this to the next level, today, we are announcing the first members of our new SFC Faculty Advisory Board. We have reached out to a number of intellectual leaders who will provide guidance and vision for Students for Free Culture through semiannual conversations with the organization. Over the next couple weeks, we will be announcing the members of this group.
In this week’s group, we are joined by some fantastic folks, so without further ado, here are the first four members:
Professor Lessig has, for more than a decade, been one of the leading thinkers on the intersection of technology and law, especially copyright. He co-founded Harvard’s Berkman Center and Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society. He is the author of Remix (2008), Code v2 (2007), Free Culture (2004),The Future of Ideas(2001) and Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace (1999). In recent years, he has shifted his focus to “institutional corruption” in American public life. You can follow his Twitter here.
Professor Nelson teaches courses on innovation and Internet policy. Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, he was the Director of Internet Technology and Strategy at IBM. Prior to joining IBM in 1998, Professor Nelson was Director for Technology Policy at the Federal Communications Commission, a Special Assistant for IT at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and a staff member of the Senate Subcommittee of Science, Technology and Space. Until recently, he served as the Internet Society’s Vice President for Public Policy and recently became Chairman-Elect of the Technology Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Trustee of the Institute for International Communications. You can follow his Twitter here.
Professor Felten teaches courses at the intersection of computer science and public policy. In addition to publishing widely in fields from encryption to government transparency, he started the popular Freedom to Tinker blog. Professor Felten served as a government witness in United States v. Microsoft and later work revealed that the Sony Rootkit patch made user’s computers more vulnerable to attack. His research, such as into the failures of electronic voting machines or digital rights management, is notable for its real-world applicability.
Gabriella Coleman, Assistant Professor of Media, Culture and Communication @ NYU
Professor Coleman is an anthropologist who studies the ethics of digital collaboration and the role that media and law have in sustaining political activism. She has conducted ethnographic research on hackers in the Debian community and has a forthcoming book entitled “Coding Freedom: Hacker Pleasure and the Ethics of Free and Open Source Software.” Her new research will focus on peer-to-peer patient activism online.