February 24, 2011
Yale's Highly-Regarded Information Society Project Seeks Executive Director
What could be better--the opportunity to work with Yale faculty and (especially) students--and the resources of Yale:
Executive Director, Yale Information Society Project
The Information Society Project (ISP) at Yale Law School is seeking applications for the position of Executive Director. The Yale ISP is an interdisciplinary center that studies the implications of the Internet and new information technologies for law and society.
The Yale ISP produces books, scholarship, and policy briefings; it regularly holds symposia, weekly events, reading groups, and seminars at Yale Law School and in international venues. It administers the Knight Law and Media Program at Yale Law School. The Information Society Project also hosts resident and visiting fellowships for recent graduates of law and doctoral programs interested in careers in teaching and public policy.
The Executive Director oversees all aspects of the Yale ISP's research programs and works closely with ISP Director Professor Jack Balkin.
Specific responsibilities of the Executive Director include:
- Administering the ISP’s research programs
- Working with J.D. students and postdoctoral fellows
- Teaching or co-teaching an Access to Knowledge course at Yale Law School
- Maintaining a distinguished personal program of research
- Managing the administrative staff of the ISP
- Overseeing public relations (web site, social media, press releases)
- Speaking in high-profile venues on behalf of the Yale ISP
- Organizing special events and symposia at Yale Law School and abroad
- Developing the annual budget
- Performing financial forecasting and monthly expenditure oversight
- Fundraising for the ISP and managing relationships with funders
- Overseeing a scholarly publication strategy for the ISP.
The Executive Director is expected to be in residence in the New Haven vicinity, and begin the appointment on or before July 25, 2011. The Executive Director will receive a salary (commensurate with experience) plus Yale University benefits. Candidates must be a graduate of a law school or a Ph.D program with a distinguished academic record, administrative and organizational expertise, and a record of scholarship, policy briefs, or other publications in areas related to the Yale ISP’s work.
Application materials should include the following:
(1) A cover letter describing qualifications and including a statement of the applicant’s scholarly or policy research area;
(2) A curriculum vitae;
(3) A law school or doctoral transcript;
(4) At least one sample of recent scholarly writing;
(5) Two letters of recommendation.
Applications must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2011. Interviews will be held during the month of April. The new Executive Director will be announced on or before the beginning of May 2011. For additional information please contact Deborah Sestito at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application materials should be sent (in electronic copy) to Deborah Sestito at email@example.com.
February 21, 2011
My Talk at Google
Thanks to Google's sharp interlocutors for excellent questions at my talk last week on my paper, Googling Freedom. An older draft of the paper is available at SSRN here. The tour of the campus, lunch at Charlie's, and talking with members of the Google policy team were all a lot of fun.
February 17, 2011
United States Foreign Aid, by Country--Economic and Military
The chart above (in downloadable PDF form; download in Excel format here: Download US Foreign Aid, by Country) appears on the U.S. Census Bureau's 2011 Statistical Abstract, and shows that Egypt received $1.5 billion in foreign aid in 2008, most of that military aid.
Here are the top eighteen recipients in 2008:
(Billions of U.S. $)
February 11, 2011
Egypt's Internet Shutdown, Graphed by Google Traffic Share
February 01, 2011
The Democratic Wave, and Its Retreat
David Brooks of the New York Times writes:
This quest for dignity has produced a remarkable democratic wave. More than 100 nations have seen democratic uprisings over the past few decades. More than 85 authoritarian governments have fallen. Somewhere around 62 countries have become democracies, loosely defined.
The experiences of these years teach us a few lessons. First, the foreign policy realists who say they tolerate authoritarian government for the sake of stability are ill informed. Autocracies are more fragile than any other form of government, by far.
Second, those who say that speeches by outsiders have no influence on places like Egypt have it backward. The climate of opinion is the very basis of the revolt.
Third, for all the pessimism and nervousness that accompanies change, most countries that have experienced uprisings end up better off. We can all think of exceptions, like Iran, but we should greet these events with eagerness and hope.
Fourth, while the public hunger for dignity is unabated, the road from authoritarianism to democracy is rocky and perilous. Over the past few years, the world has experienced a “freedom recession” with more governments retreating from democracy than advancing toward it. For outside powers, the real work comes after the revolution — in helping democrats build governments that work.
The other thing we’ve learned is that the United States usually gets everything wrong. There have been dozens of democratic uprisings over the years, but the government always reacts like it’s the first one. There seem to be no protocols for these situations, no preset questions to be asked.