Media Archive


Symposium Videos

These videos are organized according to the order in which the talks took place during the event. For details, please see the conference agenda.

In addition, The Berkman Center’s Youth and Media Lab has produced a series of video interviews with conference speakers, as well as a series of remixes of other conference videos.

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Visual Map

A few members of the Berkman Youth and Media team also put together a visual map of some of the difficult questions and challenges associated with speakers’ provocations:

The Hyper-Public symposium might best be described as an unconventional amalgamation, disciplines traditionally divergent brought together to discuss the emerging phenomenon of hyper-public space. Each session featured interesting speakers and incited many comments, the engagement from the audience significant and nearly without end. That said, I found myself wondering at the symposium’s conclusion exactly how each speaker connected to the others. Yes, I recognized that each spoke in some way about the concepts of private and public, that many touched upon architectural history and the dangers of extreme publicity. However, the overall arch of the symposium was unclear to me and, as a result, I found myself visually mapping out its contents.


A longer description and reflection can be found on the HyperPublic blog.

By Berkman Interns Hannah Deresiewicz and Joyce Neys

Blog Posts

For a full list of blog posts, please visit the Hyper-Public blog post archive.

During the event, Berkman community members David Weinberger and Ethan Zuckerman liveblogged many of the discussions that took place during the day:

via Ethan:

via David:

The Harvard Gazette also offered a synopsis of the day’s proceedings.

Several posts on the Berkman Center’s website offer synopses, commentary, and links to other blog posts:

Additionally, Joyce Neys of the Youth and Media team reflected on the conference created a wordle from the tweet stream of the event:

The symposium was attended by much more than its 120 real life visitors as over 3000 tweets by more than 3200 unique twitterers were thrown into the public arena hashtagged #hyperpublic. The conference was even briefly trending in the Boston area. … The Wordle cloud of the symposium’s tweets gives a nice visual summary of the main debate showing that privacy (concerns) dominated the conversation
online as well, followed closely by public versus private discussions and definitions.

As pre-inputs to the conference, David Weinberger, Judith Donath, and Wendy Seltzer offered inputs on various dimensions of the symposium’s framing:

As an introduction to the conference, Berkman’s Executive Director Urs Gasser offered substantive opening remarks, invoking the example of Google’s StreetView to highlight some of the legal, policy, and social tensions in designing privacy and public space.

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