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The Publius Project: a new collection of essays on Internet and society

02 June, 2008
By Allison Orr

At the 10th anniversary of Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, a new Internet project was launched called the Publius Project: Essays and conversations about constitutional moments on the Net.

"The Net is in the midst of a constitutional moment that’s unusual, if not unique in world history. Our argument is that we are together participating in a series of constitutional moments, taking place all the time, all around the world. And unlike previous constitutional moments, such as the late eighteenth century in the United States, many more people have a means of shaping the outcome."

The project takes its inspiration from the Federalist Papers, and its goal is to highlight a variety of perspectives on the evolutionary process of rulemaking in cyberspace.  While the website has a legal and specifically US focus, it brings together Internet observers, scholars, activists, technologists and others to write short essays and foster a public dialogue, and promises to produce some interesting articles.

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