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Communications expert Christian Sandvig will soon be joining the likes of Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow – as a fellow of Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
Sandvig has received a 2009-2010 Berkman Faculty Fellowship and will spend his sabbatical studying “Fundamental Problems of Internet Infrastructure.” He also will be a Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management.
At Illinois, Sandvig’s research has focused on communication and information technology infrastructure and public policy – in particular, the confluence of legal, social and technical elements and how it shapes communication systems such as the Internet. He is a resident researcher at the University of Illinois’ Coordinated Science Laboratory, an associate professor of communications, and an affiliate of the College of Media.
His work has examined such topics as expanding broadband access in remote locations and the difference in how rural and urban dwellers use social media tools. In addition, he and his research team have developed a technique that predicts Wi-Fi density per city block through the RED Project.
The prestigious Berkman fellowship brings together professors, software developers, Internet pioneers and others who generate original research, share ideas and launch such projects as The Creative Commons, The OpenNet Initiative, and StopBadWare.org.
About the Coordinated Science Laboratory
The Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois is one of the nation's premier multidisciplinary research laboratories, focusing on information technology at the crossroads of computing, control and communications. Created in 1951 to address urgent military needs associated with the Korean War, CSL continues to transform society by developing and deploying new technologies in areas such as defense, medicine, environmental sciences, robotics, life-enhancement for the disabled and aeronautics. For more information, visit www.csl.uiuc.edu.
About the Berkman Center for Internet and Society
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is a research program founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development. Founded in 1997, through a generous gift from Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman, the Center is home to an ever-growing community of faculty, fellows, staff, and affiliates working on projects that span the broad range of intersections between cyberspace, technology, and society. More information can be found at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu.