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Five Global Challenges and the Role of University with Berkman Faculty Associate, Juan Carlos De Martin with Berkman Klein founder, Charlie Nesson

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 12:00 pm
Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
Harvard Law School campus, Wasserstein Hall
Room B010, Singer Classroom (lower level)

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Event will be live webcast at 12:00 pm

The talk will be introduced and facilited by Harvard Law School Professor Charles Nesson, who has been thinking for many years about the role of University in cyberspace and who has inspired Juan Carlos to study the role of University in society.

The world is facing five global challenges: democratic, environmental, technological, economical, and geopolitical. Challenges that will require both enormous amount of knowledge and citizens capable of using such knowledge in scenarios that today are hard to predict. The University is clearly the main institution that could help society on both counts. However, if the University truly wants to maximize its social utility, it needs–as argued by De Martin in his book “Università futura – tra democrazia e bit” (Codice Edizioni, Italy, 2017)–to critically question the last 30 years of its development and re-discover its roots,
updating them for the 21st century.

About Juan Carlos

Juan Carlos De Martin is a Berkman Klein Faculty Associate and Faculty co-director of the NEXA Center for Internet & Society at the Politecnico of Torino, Italy, which he co-founded in 2006.

Juan Carlos De Martin is a computer engineering professor specialized on multimedia who is now focusing on the general theme of the interaction between digital technologies and society. His most recent main research interest is the future of university in the Internet age, a topic on which he published a book (in Italian, “Università Futura – Tra Democrazia e Bit”, Codice Edizioni, 2017).  Since Spring 2012 Juan Carlos has been teaching “Digital Revolution”, a digital culture and skills course offered to first-year students at the Politecnico di Torino.

In 2012 he edited, together with Melanie Dulong de Rosnay, “The Digital Public Domain: Foundations for an Open Culture” (OpenBookPublishers, UK).

In 2003 he started to lead, together with prof. Marco Ricolfi, the Creative Commons Italy team. Between 2007 and 2011 Juan Carlos De Martin was the coordinator of COMMUNIA, the European thematic network on the digital public domain. Between 2007 and 2015 he was the president of the libraries of the Politecnico di Torino.

Before returning to Italy in 1998, Juan Carlos De Martin was a visiting researcher at the University of California at Santa Barbara for two years and, after receiving his Ph.D. in Telecommunications at the Politecnico di Torino, he worked for two years in the research laboratories of Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas.

Juan Carlos De Martin also serves as member of the Scientific Board of the Institute of the Italian Encyclopedia Treccani and of the Biennale Democrazia. He is a frequent op-ed contributor to “la Repubblica” and he often acts as a commentator in Italian media.

Juan Carlos De Martin is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and is the author, or co-author, of over 100 peer-reviewed conference papers, journal papers and book chapters.

About Charles Nesson

Professor Nesson charted the early field of Internet law in 1997 when he helped found the Berkman Center. Nesson has taught evidence, criminal law, trial law, torts, and ethics for Harvard Law School and continues to incorporate cutting-edge technology into his classes. He graduated from Harvard College in 1960 with a degree in mathematics and received his JD from Harvard Law School in 1963, summa cum laude. Before joining the law school faculty in 1966, Nesson clerked for Justice John Marshall Harlan of the U.S. Supreme Court and worked as a special assistant to John Doar in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Professor Nesson is currently leading a project for restorative justice in Jamaica. During the academic year, he teaches courses in Evidence and the American Jury. Publications can be found at http://www.law.harvard.edu/faculty/directory/facdir.php?id=48.


February 28, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm


WCC B010 Singer Classroom


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