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John G. Palfrey

Harvard Law School
Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law, Vice Dean, Library and Information Resources
Cambridge, MA, USA


John Palfrey is Henry N. Ess Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School and a faculty director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He is the co-author of "Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives" (Basic Books, 2008), "Access Denied: The Practice and Politics of Internet Filtering" (MIT Press, 2008), and "Access Contested: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace" (MIT Press, 2010), among others. His research and teaching is focused on Internet law, intellectual property, and international law. He practiced intellectual property and corporate law at the law firm of Ropes & Gray. He is a faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and was formerly its executive director. Outside of Harvard Law School, he is a Venture Executive at Highland Capital Partners and serves on the board of several technology companies and non-profits.  John served as a special assistant at the US EPA during the Clinton Administration. He is a graduate of Harvard College, the University of Cambridge, and Harvard Law School. He writes a blog at http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/palfrey/.

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