Rebekah Heacock Jones – Harvard’s
Berkman Center for Internet & Society
on their new Internet Monitor
- Senior Project Manager at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, manages complex projects with research, technical development, and community organizing components.
- Work focuses on Internet health (via the Internet Monitor, OpenNet Initiative, and Blogging Common projects), Internet governance (via the Berkman Center’s assessment of transparency and accountability in ICANN and the Network of Centers’ research on multistakeholder governance models), and access to information (via the Digital Public Library of America).
The Internet Monitor
In announcing the the launch of the Internet Monitor dashboard, Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society explained it is
a freely accessible tool that aims to improve information for policymakers, researchers, advocates, and user communities working to shape the future of the Internet by helping them understand trends in Internet health and activity through data analysis and visualization. . . .
The dashboard lets users customize a collection of data visualization widgets—some offering real-time data—about Internet access and infrastructure, online content controls, and digital activity. Users can create multiple collections that enable easy comparisons across countries and data sources, and are quick to configure, edit, and share. In addition to creating their own collections, visitors to the dashboard will be able to view a selection of featured collections based on topics such as online media and network traffic around the world.
The Berkman Center
From Wikipedia: The Berkman Center was founded in 1998 by professors Jonathan Zittrain and Charlie Nesson. Since then, it has grown from a small project within Harvard Law School to a major interdisciplinary center at Harvard University. The Berkman Center seeks to understand how the development of Internet-related technologies is inspired by the social context in which they are embedded and how the use of those technologies affects society in turn. It seeks to use the lessons drawn from this research to inform the design of Internet-related law and pioneer the development of the Internet itself.
- Hometown: Lawrence, Kansas
- Previously co-directed the Technology for Transparency Network, which documents and maps projects that use online technology to promote transparency and accountability in the public and private sectors. The network is part of the Global Voices Online community, where from 2007-2012 she helped cover the Ugandan blogosphere.
- Quote: “Mikhail Gorbachev once told me I look like his granddaughter.”