[Alis] Herdict Web

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Wed Feb 25 22:56:47 EST 2009

Today, a special announcement from the Berkman Center for 
Internet & Society at Harvard University. We are pleased to 
announce the official launch of Herdict Web --


-- a tool that employs the distributed power of the Internet 
community to provide insight into what users around the world are 
experiencing in terms of web accessibility.

We invite everyone to explore http://www.herdict.org and 
participate by reporting websites that they cannot access, testing 
sites that others have reported, or downloading the browser add-
on for reporting sites on the fly.

Herdict is a portmanteau of `herd´ and `verdict.´ Using Herdict 
Web, anyone anywhere can report websites as accessible or 
inaccessible. Herdict Web aggregates reports in real time, 
permitting participants to see if inaccessibility is a shared 
problem, giving them a better sense of potential reasons for why 
a site is inaccessible. Trends can be viewed over time, by
site and by country.

The project´s mascot -- a sheep -- demonstrates "the verdict of 
the herd" in a short video at http://www.herdict.org (or

The brainchild of Professor Jonathan Zittrain (*The Future of the
Internet--And How to Stop It*
Herdict Web builds out from the OpenNet Initiative's research on 
global Internet filtering. The OpenNet Initiative tests Internet 
filtering through an academic methodology. Herdict Web takes a 
different approach, crowdsourcing reports to learn about and 
display a real-time picture of user experiences around the globe. 
For more information about the OpenNet Initiative and the book 
*Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet 
Filtering,* visit http://opennet.net.

For more about Herdict Web:
* Visit http://www.herdict.org/web/about
* Sign up for email updates and announcements, including 
translations of
Herdict Web into other languages
* Check out the Herdict blog at http://www.herdict.org/blog/
* Watch and listen to Jonathan Zittrain discussing Herdict Web at
http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2009/02/herdict and

Congratulations to the Herdict project team for their terrific work in
making Herdict Web a reality!


Jillian C. York
Project Coordinator, OpenNet Initiative | http://opennet.net
Author, Global Voices Online |
Blog | http://jilliancyork.com
Twitter | http://twitter.com/jilliancyork
Boston, MA: 857-891-4244

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