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John G. Palfrey (born 1972) is a leading American educator, scholar, and law professor. He is a notable authority on the legal aspects of emerging media, and he is an advocate for Internet freedom, including increased online transparencyNEWS
, Edward Epstein
, Internet titans slammed over China
, San Francisco Chronicle
, ... John Palfrey Jr. ... said a good first step for the companies would be to adopt a voluntary code of ethics that would help them resist government pressure to censor the Internet and turn in dissidents. ...
, February 1, 2006
,weblink
, 2013-02-03
, NEWS
, Jon Swartz
, Berkman Center pioneers steer the course of cyberspace
, USA Today
, ... John Palfrey seek to combat malware, spyware and viruses. With backing from Google and others, Berkman launches StopBadware.org as a neighborhood watch to shame and stop "badware" purveyors.
, June 10, 2010
,weblink
, 2013-02-03
, and accountabilityNEWS
, John Palfrey
, The digital copyright crisis
, Boston.com
, We should figure out how to offer legitimate services that enable people to be accountable to one another online, using innovations like Creative Commons licenses, ...
, September 7, 2004
,weblink
, 2013-02-03
, as well as child safety. He was selected to be the Head of School at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts in 2012.NEWS
, Caroline M. McKay
, Palfrey Leaves HLS for Andover
, The Harvard Crimson
, Professor John G. Palfrey '94 is leaving Harvard Law School to take the position of Head of School at Phillips Academy Andover, according to announcements from both schools.
, November 15, 2011
,weblink
, 2013-02-03
, He has been an important figure at Harvard Law School and served as executive director of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society from 2002 to 2008.

Early life

Palfrey graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1990. He attended Harvard College and graduated in 1994 magna cum laude. Palfrey was co-captain of Harvard's 1994 undefeated national championship squash team, winning the team's fourth straight national title.Matt Howitt, March 22, 1994, Harvard Crimson, M. Squash Wins Fourth National Championship, Accessed Sep 122013 He graduated in 1997 at Pembroke College, Cambridge with an M.Phil. in history; while there, he was distinguished as a Rotary Scholar. Palfrey returned to Boston and graduated from Harvard Law School in 2001.Harvard Law School profile. Retrieved 2009-11-03.His personal blog. Retrieved 2009-11-03. Palfrey served as finance director in Boston for the campaign of Lois Pines for the position of Massachusetts Attorney General.

Career

Harvard Law School

(File:Berkman Center.jpg|thumb|right|The Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.)(File:Harvard Law School Library in Langdell Hall at night.jpg|thumb|Harvard Law School library.)Palfrey served as executive director of Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. He studied Internet usage and attitudes; according to his assessment, an important aspect of the digital revolution was the "massive generation gap" between those who were "born digital"—i.e., after 1980—and those who were not. Beginning in 2010, he helped promote a Berkman project entitled the Digital Public Library of America, which is an effort funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and others to enable a large-scale public file-sharing digital library.NEWS
, Hiawatha Bray
, US digital library in works
, Boston.com
, "Everybody will get to use it, and it will contain everything we can get our hands on,'' said John Palfrey, ...
, October 22, 2011
,weblink
, 2013-02-03
, WEB, Rapp, David, DPLA Chair Palfrey Moving to Andover,weblink The Digital Shift, May 25, 2012, November 14, 2011, Palfrey described the online storehouse stocked with millions of digitized books as being one which "will contain everything we can get our hands on." The project began by offering noncopyrighted material but there are efforts to offer copyrighted material in the future with a fee-based arrangement that compensates copyright holders. Palfrey served as the founding chairman of the Digital Public Library of America when it became a stand-alone entity, serving in that role until 2015.NEWS
, The Digital Public Library of America Announces New Partnerships, Initiatives, and Milestones at DPLAfest 2015
, Digital Public Library of America
, April 18, 2015
,weblink
, Berkman, under his leadership, also initiated efforts to combat malware, spyware and computer viruses with a program called StopBadware."StopBadware Researchers Graduate from Harvard," eWeek, Matthew Hines, January 30, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-09.NEWS
, Associated Press
, University researchers launch anti-spyware site: StopBadware.org aims to identify malicious programs and their supporters
, NBC News
, A corporate-backed Web site ... John Palfrey, executive director of Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, ...
, January 25, 2006
,weblink
, 2013-02-03
, In 2003, Palfrey was appointed to the faculty of Harvard Law School, partly hired by Elena Kagan,NEWS
, SHERYL GAY STOLBERG, KATHARINE Q. SEELYE and LISA W. FODERARO
, A Climb Marked by Confidence and Canniness
, The New York Times
, (Elena Kagan) ... said John Palfrey, a law professor who was hired at Harvard by Ms. Kagan. ...
, May 10, 2010
,weblink
, 2013-02-03
, and his research interests included intellectual property issues such as copyright law, Internet law, and international law. He served as a visiting professor of Law and Information at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, from 2007 to 2008.NEWS, Staff, Writer,weblink Harvard Law Professor and Vice Dean Named Phillips Academy's 15th Head of School, Phillips Academy Newsroom, 2011-11-14, 2017-06-02, He served as the vice-dean of library and information services at the Harvard Law School's library,NEWS
, Juliet R Bailin
, Law School Appoints New Library Leaders
, The Harvard Crimson
, vice-dean of library and information services, a role vacated by Law School professor John G. Palfrey '94, who accepted the position of Head of School at Phillips Academy Andover.
, March 21, 2012
,weblink
, 2013-02-03, Palfrey appointed as new head of Harvard Law School Library {{webarchive |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20080502174813weblink |date=2 May 2008 }} and led a reorganization effort in 2009.Blog post describing the overhaul of the Harvard Law School Library. Retrieved 2010-09-09. He was appointed to the vice-dean post in 2008.NEWS
, Paras D. Bhayani
, Palfrey Appointed New HLS Library Director
, The Harvard Crimson
, Cyber law expert John G. Palfrey '94 will take over as director of the Harvard Law School Library and become a tenured professor at the Law School, school officials announced yesterday.
, May 1, 2008
,weblink
, 2013-02-03
, He was also awarded tenure at the Harvard Law School in 2008.

Andover

(File:Phillips Academy, Andover, MA - Samuel Phillips Hall detail.JPG|thumb|right|Phillips Academy.)In 2012, Palfrey became the head of School at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. He is the fifteenth person to serve as the Academy's head of school, and his investiture was celebrated on September 26, 2012.weblink While at Andover, he was elected as the chairperson of the Knight Foundation, a charitable organization which focuses on how information can improve democratic institutions.September 12, 2014, Staff report, The Philippian, Palfrey Unanimously Elected Chair of Knight Foundation, Retrieved March 29, 2015, "... Palfrey was unanimously elected Chair ... a charitable foundation dedicated to funding innovation in how information improves democratic institutions ..." He was profiled in Town and Country magazine in 2015.Town and Country magazine, How John Palfrey Is Bringing America's Most Elite Boarding School Into the Digital Age: For centuries Andover was considered the ne plus ultra of elitist, insular boarding schools. Now, with a young iconoclast at the helm, it has become an institution that would shock its 18th-century founders, Retrieved July 14, 2015, "... Puritan named Peter Palfrey arrived from England ... and became a founder of Salem ... family tree includes a signer of the U.S. Constitution, the founding dean of Harvard Divinity School, and great-great-grandfather Theodore Roosevelt. ... "

Internet Issues

Palfrey is regarded as an authority about how people use technology, including how they relate to information and engage in politics in emerging digital media such as the Internet."The Decoder," Greg Hanscom, Urbanite Magazine, September 1, 2010 {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20100918004409weblink |date=September 18, 2010 }}. Retrieved 2010-09-09.weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110721155636weblink">"Kids These Days," Editorial, Urbanite Magazine, September 1, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-09. According to Palfrey, digital natives (those born after 1980 and who grew up with the Internet) are more likely to "see relationships differently" as well as access information in new ways from previous generations.NEWS
, Mike Musgrove
, Talkin' About the Digital Generation
, Washington Post
, Palfrey: people who were born today ... may well see relationships differently, they may see institutions differently, they may see access to information differently.
, October 17, 2008
,weblink
, 2013-02-03
, He is a supporter of information sharing while maintaining copyrights:In 2008, Palfrey served as the chair of the Internet Safety Technical Task Force, a year-long national effort to explore how children could "avoid unwanted contact and content" online.NEWS
, Associated Press
, Harvard scholars will lead Net safety task force
, USA Today
, Leading Internet scholars at Harvard University will convene a year-long task force to explore how children can avoid unwanted contact and content ... John Palfrey, Berkman's executive director.
, February 28, 2008
,weblink
, 2013-02-03
, CNET article regarding the Internet Safety Technical Task Force. Retrieved 2010-09-09."Report Finds Online Threats to Children Overblown," Brad Stone, "New York Times," January 13, 2009. Retrieved 2010-09-09.Final Report of the Internet Safety Technical Task Force. Retrieved 2010-09-09. He believes digital literacy should be an important public issue in schools so that kids can "sort credible from non-credible information".NEWS
, DAVID POGUE
, Q&A: Rumors, Cyberbullying and Anonymity
, The New York Times
, July 22, 2010
,weblink
, 2013-02-03
, Palfrey testified before Congress on child safety issues in the digital age.House Judiciary Committee web site {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20101103181751weblink |date=2010-11-03 }}. Retrieved 2010-09-09. He advocated flexibility in legal solutions for coping with cyberbullying, which happens when "kids treat one another awfully online", and he recommended that laws not be too tied to specific technologies.NEWS
, John Palfrey
, Solutions Beyond the Law
, The New York Times
, John Palfrey ... makes much more sense than trying to create a new statute to cover in a specific way every new fast-moving technology fad. ...
, October 1, 2010
,weblink
, 2013-02-03
, He is a fan of Pseudopedia:In his book Born Digital, Palfrey and co-author Urs Gasser argued that solutions to bad behavior online could combine parental oversight, public education, responsible behavior by corporations, and only use punitive laws as a last resort.NEWS
, Amanda Henry
, An Optimized View
, Washington Post
, ... Palfrey and Gasser suggest that any solution ... should combine parental oversight, public education, corporate responsibility and, as a last resort, lawmaking. ...
, October 9, 2008
,weblink
, 2013-02-03
, Born Digital was described as "a landmark sociological study of today's early adults".Project Information Literacy at the University of Washington {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20100903162357weblink |date=2010-09-03 }}. Retrieved 2009-09-09. The book was reviewed in the journal ScienceScience April 17, 2009: Vol. 324. no. 5925, p. 338, {{doi|10.1126/science.117181}} and the Washington Post. Reviewer Amanda Henry described the authors as "knowledgeable but never pedantic". Library Journal named Born Digital one of its top Science and Technology books for 2008, the only computer science book named to this list.Article relating the Library Journal mention in its top science and technology books of 2008. Retrieved 2010-09-09."Best Sci-Tech Books of 2008," Library Journal, March 1, 2009 {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20090306081040weblink |date=March 6, 2009 }}. Retrieved 2010-09-09. According to one account, Palfrey urged his fellow Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig to run for Congress.A blog post from Palfrey expressing his interest into encouraging Lessig to run for congress. Retrieved 2009-11-03. Palfrey was a member of a pro bono legal team that helped defend street artist Shepard Fairey in a "fair use" case involving an Associated Press photograph of Barack Obama in his Hope poster."Judge Rules Shepard Fairey Can Switch Lawyers in AP Case," Los Angeles Times, November 10, 2009. Retrieved 2011-11-16.Palfrey urged Congress to write legislation to discourage prominent Internet firms such as Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Cisco Systems from bending to pressure by foreign governments to censor web information or forcing them to reveal the identities of dissidents, as part of the Open Net Initiative.Web site of the OpenNet Initiative, listing the principal investigators. Retrieved 2010-09-09.weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080704021329weblink">Article in Forbes citing Palfrey's work on the OpenNet Initiative and related cybersecurity issues. Retrieved 2010-09-09. His work on how Internet usage can affect politics within democracies was cited as influential to the dissidents in Iran responsible for the Green Revolution. These references resulted in his being named by the Iranian government, along with colleague Ethan Zuckerman, as a so-called "conspirator" in the trials that took place in Iran in 2009 and 2010."Iran dissidents draw ideas from US visionaries," Farah Stockman, The Boston Globe, December 20, 2009. Retrieved 2010-09-09. Palfrey commented in the Boston Globe about how political campaigns in the United States were increasingly being carried out in cyberspace.NEWS
, John Palfrey
, Somerville stumps in cyberspace
, The Boston Globe
, ... One of the big changes in politics is the emergence of campaigns that are fought out ... in cyberspace. ...
, September 2, 2005
,weblink
, 2013-02-03
,

Family

Palfrey's parents are both professors of medicine with a specialty in pediatrics. His mother is the chief of general pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital and is a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. His father is a professor of clinical pediatrics at Boston University Medical School. Palfrey's parents are co-masters of Adams House at Harvard College.Judith and Sean Palfrey's Harvard profiles {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20120620181644weblink |date=2012-06-20 }}. Retrieved 2012-07-09. Palfrey is a great-great-grandson of United States President Theodore Roosevelt.Potier, Beth, FDR slept here: Adams House triple boasts impressive history" {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20110629114945weblink |date=2011-06-29 }},Harvard Gazette, November 21, 2002. Retrieved 2010-09-09. His family has many connections to Harvard University, including through his ancestor, John G. Palfrey, the first dean of the Harvard Divinity School and prominent historian of the 19th century.Resnick, Scott A., "Judith and Sean Palfrey Appointed Adams House Masters", Harvard Crimson, April 05, 1999. Retrieved 2010-09-09. Palfrey married Catherine Carter in 1998.NEWS
, WEDDINGS; Catherine Carter and John Palfrey Jr.
, The New York Times
, Catherine Anne Carter, a daughter of Mary and John Carter of Kew Gardens, Queens, was married yesterday to John Gorham Palfrey Jr., ...
, September 20, 1998
,weblink
, 2013-02-03
, In 2003, the Palfrey House in Cambridge, MA, which had been built in 1831 by an ancestor, was relocated to Hammond Street.NEWS
, Elena Sorokin
, Parking Your House Near Harvard Yard: Palfrey House slowly rolls into its new location on Hammond Street
, The Harvard Crimson
, Sean G. Palfrey Sr. and his wife Judith Palfrey, co-masters of Adams House, were offered a closer look at the move because Sean Palfrey's great-great-grandfather built the house in 1831 as part of his 12-acre Hazlewood Estate. John G. Palfrey II was the first dean of Harvard Divinity School as well as a historian, U.S. Representative and influential abolitionist.
, October 6, 2003
,weblink
, 2013-02-03
,

Publications by John Palfrey

  • BOOK


, Palfrey, John
, John Palfrey
, Gasser, Urs
, 2008
, (Born Digital, Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives)
, Basic Books
,
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, Deibert, Ronald
, Ronald Deibert
, Palfrey, John
, John Palfrey
, Rohozinski, Rafal
, Zittrain, Jonathan
, 2008
, Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering
, MIT Press
,
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, Deibert, Ronald
, Ronald Deibert
, Palfrey, John
, John Palfrey
, Rohozinski, Rafal
, Zittrain, Jonathan
, 2010
, Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace
, MIT Press
,
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, Palfrey, John
, John Palfrey
, 2011
, Intellectual Property Strategy
, MIT Press
,
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, Palfrey, John
, John Palfrey
first2=Urs
, 2012
, Interop: The Promise and the Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems
, Basic Books
,
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, Palfrey, John
, John Palfrey
, 2015
, BiblioTech. Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google
, Basic Books
, 9780465042999
,

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