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[liberationtech] Help save the Internet!

RMacK rebecca.mackinnon at
Tue Jan 25 06:51:55 PST 2011


Sent to you by RMacK via Google Reader: Help save the Internet! via The
Future of the Internet -- And How to Stop It by jz on 1/25/11

You may have heard of Herdict, the Berkman Center project to
crowdsource reports on the moment-to-moment health of the Internet.
(Video introduction here; FAQ here.) We are seeking a CEO for it!

Since last year Herdict has tracked big blockages like those of China’s
Great Firewall, and small ones like the temporary block of WordPress in
Guatemala. Herdict receives thousands of visitors each day and hundreds
of reports from just about every country.

Last summer we were awarded a $1.5M grant from the Omidyar Network to
take Herdict further, which means setting it up as a standalone
non-profit, partnering with browser makers to increase Herdict’s paths
for gleaning and sharing data, exploring new ways of crowdsourcing, and
securing additional funds (part of our grant is for matching

So, the new Herdict venture needs a CEO. The ideal candidate would have
some combination of start-up experience, a rich human network (in the
US and ideally, abroad), familiarity with the Net, and a commitment to
turning Herdict into a sustainable nervous system for it. The CEO will
build and lead our technology team to shape the future of Herdict,
figure out how it can best integrate with other worthy efforts in this
zone, and define what the boundaries will be of just what Herdict will
aspire to do.

The team will be located in Cambridge, Massachusetts — so it will help
if the CEO is prepared to live in the Boston area, and at least travel
there regularly. The CEO will work closely with the board of Herdict
and with faculty from the Berkman Center and members of the OpenNet
Initiative as we figure out how to measure and preserve a free and open
Internet. Salary competitive.

Statements of interest can be sent to jobs at

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