Summer Doctoral Programme (SDP) 2007

SDP2007 Cambridge MA: 16 July - 27 July, hosted by the Berkman Center, Harvard University. 33 students and 22 tutors. SDP2007 Wiki (Berkman Center)

Summer Doctoral Programme studentsThe fifth Summer Doctoral Programme (SDP) was conducted and organised by the Oxford Internet Institute in partnership with The Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. It was held at the Berkman Center (Cambridge, MA) from July 16-27, 2007.

The 2007 Summer Doctoral Programme maintained the high standard for rigorous intellectual interaction, inter-disciplinary exchange and novel research methods and goals, while introducing new approaches. The Cambridge edition drew substantially upon the OII's work and faculty, integrating it with the Berkman Center's research and community, and also injected participation by a diverse and accomplished group of colleagues and friends.

Academic Programme

The course structure was broadly similar to previous years' Programmes with daily research seminars and discussions led by leading academics, practitioners and entrepreneurs. All students were asked to present their research to their peers in informal seminars. Seminars and other teaching averaged approximately five hours contact time per day, leaving students with plenty of opportunity to meet informally with faculty and fellow students, work on their own research, and develop new projects.

Research seminars over the fortnight covered: Internet filtering, citizen journalism, the tools of government in the digital age, 'Obama Girl Confronts the Future' (new media literacies, civic engagement, and participatory culture), digital natives, IT and the fragmentation of American campaigns, online discourse networks in the Blogosphere, privacy and identity, the future of copyright, the future of the Net, 'Making the Tragedy of the Commons into a Comedy', democracy, reconciliation and technology; perspectives on an emerging paradigm of distributed innovation, Wikipedia and peer production, shared virtual environments and the multiple modalities of online connectedness, the effect of IP Rights/Incentives on the motivational culture of innovative activity, and designing for place-based social interaction of urban residents in Mexico, South Africa and Australia.

The social programme included a barbecue at Jonathan Zittrain's house, a visit to the Peabody Museum, a Bumpkin Island Cruise and trip to see A Midsummer Night's Dream on Boston Common.

SDP2007 Enters the Blogosphere

This was the first year that the Summer Doctoral Programme really hit the blogosphere. Berkman Director John Palfrey started things off with some personal thoughts: Summer Doctoral Program(me) Comes to Cambridge.

Michael Zimmer blogged his SDP2007 Presentation: The Quest for the Perfect Search Engine, Joris van Hoboken blogged his end-of One Full Summer Doctoral Week in Boston and there were posts by tutors Urs Gasser: Cambridge, Summer 2007: A Few Impressions and A Thank You and Ethan Zuckerman: Summer doctoral program at Berkman and Daithí Mac Síthig, who tagged a whole series of SDP2007 posts … as did Ismael Peña-López on his blog ICTlogy (tagged as SDP2007).

There were also recaps from the Berkman Buzz, from Joris: SDP 2007; My Final Report, Cuihua Shen: OII SDP recap - Cool widgets, and Ismael: OII SDP 2007 (Epilogue): Last Thoughts About Web Science And Academic Blogging Or Why Did Not Academia Came Up With Wikipedia. And Some Acknowledgments Too.



Benjamin Addom, Julia Ahrens, Veronica Alfaro, Monica Barbovschi, Bodo Balazs, Serena Carpenter, Jaz Choi, Rachel Cobcroft, Seok-Jin Eom, Adam Fiser, Karina Alexanyan Fitch, Erica Johnson, Lorraine Kisselburgh, Ralph Lengler, Karoline Lukaschek, Daithí Mac Síthig, Karen McCullagh, Ismael Peña-López, Ben Peters, Daisy Pignetti, Maria Gomez Rodriguez, Peter Ryan, Cuihua (Cindy) Shen, Sampsung Xiaoxiang Shi, Becky Herr Stephenson, Fred Stutzman, Chintan Vaishnav, Joris van Hoboken, Aaron Veenstra, Joseph Wafula, Mena Ning Wang, Michael Zimmer, Alla Zollers


We are grateful for the generosity of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) and all our academic partners in supporting this programme: The Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School, the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, and the Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

  • The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania
  • The Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California
  • The Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School
  • Queensland University of Technology