Palfrey, John G. and Urs Gasser. The Connected Parent: An Expert Guide to Parenting in a Digital World (Basic Books, 2020).

Palfrey, John G.  Safe Spaces, Brave Spaces: Diversity and Free Expression in Education (MIT Press, 2017). 

Palfrey, John G. and Urs Gasser.  Born Digital: How Children Grow Up in a Digital Age (Basic Books, rev. edition, 2016).

Palfrey, John G. BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More than Ever in the Age of Google (Basic Books, 2015).

Palfrey, John G. and Urs Gasser.  Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems (Basic Books, 2012).

Palfrey, John G.  Intellectual Property Strategy (MIT Press, 2012).

Access Contested: Security, Identity, and Resistance in Asian Cyberspace (with Ronald Deibert, John G. Palfrey, Rafal Rohozinski & Jonathan Zittrain, eds.) (MIT Press 2011).

Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace (with Ronald Deibert, John G. Palfrey, Rafal Rohozinski & Jonathan Zittrain eds.) (MIT Press 2010).

Enhancing Child Safety and Online Technologies (with danah boyd and Dena Sacco, eds.) (Carolina Academic Press, 2010).

Access Denied: The Practice and Politics of Global Internet Filtering (with Ronald Deibert, Rafal Rohozinski, and Jonathan Zittrain eds.) (MIT Press, 2008).


Palfrey, John G. “The Ever-Increasing Surveillance State,” Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, March 2, 2020.

Palfrey, John G. “Design Choices for Libraries in the Digital-Plus Era,” Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Winter 2016, Vol. 145, No. 1: 79–86.

Palfrey, John G. “The Power and Perils of Technology,” Parents League Review, 2015.

Palfrey, John G.  “The Web at 25: Looking Ahead to What Might Be,” Politica Exterior, No. 161, September-October 2014.

Palfrey, John G. “Connected Learning Now,” Independent School Magazine, Summer 2013.

Palfrey, John G. and Jonathan L. Zittrain, “Better Data for a Better Internet,” Science, 2 December 2011: Vol. 334 no. 6060 pp. 1210-1211.

Palfrey, John G. “Come Now, Let Us Reason Together: A Clean Slate Project on the Future of Libraries,” Library Journal, May 23, 2011.

Palfrey, John G. “Middle East Conflict and an Internet Tipping Point,” Technology Review, February 25, 2011.

Palfrey, John G. & Urs Gasser. “Reclaiming an Awkward Term: What We Might Learn from ‘Digital Natives’,” 7 I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for Information Society 1 (2011).

boyd, danah, Eszter Hargittai, Jason Schultz & John G. Palfrey. “Why Parents Help Their Children Lie to Facebook about Age: Unintended Consequences of the ‘Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act’,” First Monday, Nov. 2011.

Palfrey, John G. “A Digital Public Library of America?: Collective Management’s Implications for Privacy, Private Use and Fair Use,” Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts, Volume 34, No. 4 (2011).

Palfrey, John G. “Concerns about Wiretapping the Internet: Retaining Privacy for Ordinary Citizens,” Harvard National Security Journal Forum, Nov. 2010.

Etling, Bruce, Robert Faris & John G. Palfrey. “Political Change in the Digital Age: The Fragility and Promise of Online Organizing,” SAIS Review, Summer-Fall 2010, at 37.

Palfrey, John G. “Should Google Be Free to Digitise All Books?” BBC Focus, May 2010, at 23.

Palfrey, John G. “Four Phases of Internet Regulation,” 77 Social Research: An International Quarterly 981 (2010).

Palfrey, John G. “Cornerstones of Law Libraries for An Era of Digital-Plus,” 102 Law Library Journal 171 (2010).

Palfrey, John G. “The Challenge of Developing Effective Public Policy on the Use of Social Media by Youth,” 63 Federal Communications Law Journal 5 (2010).

Palfrey, John G. “New Public Spaces,” Harvard Civil Rights Civil Liberties Amicus, October 2009.

Etling, Bruce, John Kelly, John G. Palfrey & Robert Faris. “Mapping the Arabic Blogosphere: Politics and Dissent Online,” 12 New Media & Society 1225 (2010) (also released in a related form as a Berkman Center Publication and as a shorter piece in MEI Bulletin, September 2009, at 3).

Palfrey, John G. “Internet Arms Race,” Technology Review, May/June 2009.

Gasser, Urs & John G. Palfrey. “Mastering Multitasking,” Educational Leadership, March 2009, at 15.

Danner, Richard A., S. Blair Kauffman & John G. Palfrey. “The Twenty-First Century Law Library,” 101 Law Library Journal 143 (2009).

Palfrey, John G., Urs Gasser, Miriam Simun & Rosalie Fay Barnes. “Youth, Creativity, and Copyright in the Digital Age,” 1, no.2 International Journal of Learning and Media 79 (2009).

Wang, Stephanie, Robert Faris & John G. Palfrey. “The Calculus of Online Content Regulation in Asia,” 9.2 Harvard Asia-Pacific Review 3 (2008).

Palfrey, John G. “The Public and the Private at the United States Border with Cyberspace,” 78 Mississippi Law Journal 241 (2008).

Palfrey, John G. & Urs Gasser. “Opening Universities in a Digital Era,” XXIII, No. 1 New England Journal of Higher Education 22 (2008).

Faris, Robert, Stephanie Wang & John G. Palfrey. “Censorship 2.0,” Innovations, (Spring 2008), at 165.

Palfrey, John G. “We Googled You (Case Commentary),” Harvard Business Review, (June 1, 2007).

Palfrey, John G. & Robert Rogoyski, A Move to the Middle: The Enduring Threat of Harmful Speech to the End-to-End Principle, 21 WASH. U.J.L. & POL’Y 31 (2006).

Palfrey, John G. & Urs Gasser, Catch-as-Catch-Can: A Case Note on Grokster, Swiss Review of Business and Financial Market Law 78 (2006), Vol. 2.

Palfrey, John G., The End of the Experiment: How ICANN’s Foray into Global Internet Democracy Failed, 17 Harv. J.L. Tech. 410 (2004).

David R. Johnson, Susan P. Crawford, and John Palfrey, The Accountable Net: Peer Production of Internet Governance, 9 Va. J. L. & Tech. 9 (2004).


Palfrey, John G., Urs Gasser, Colin Maclay & Gerrit Beger. “Digital Natives and the Three Divides to Bridge” in The State of the World’s Children, 2011 14 (UNICEF, 2011).

Palfrey, John G., Urs Gasser, Colin Maclay & Gerrit Beger. “Digital safety for young people: Gathering information, creating new models and understanding existing efforts” in The State of the World’s Children, 2011 50 (UNICEF, 2011).

Gasser, Urs & John G. Palfrey. “Fostering Innovation and Trade in the Global Information Society” in Trade Governance in the Digital Age (Mira Burri & Thomas Cottier eds., Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Palfrey, John G. “Local Nets on a Global Network: Filtering and the Internet Governance Problem” in The Global Flow of Information: Legal, Social, and Cultural Perspectives (Ramesh Subramanian & Eddan Katz eds., NYU Press, 2011).

Palfrey, John G., Reluctant Gatekeepers: Corporate Ethics on a Filtered Internet, book chapter in Global Internet Technology Report, 2006-2007 (World Economic Forum/Macmillan, 2007).

Palfrey, John G., Global Innovation and Licensing Opportunities on the Internet, book chapter in Licensing Best Practices, (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2006).

Palfrey, John G., Stemming the International Tide of Spam, book chapter in Trends in Telecommunications Reform (International Telecommunication Union, 2006).

Lawrence Lessig, John Palfrey, and Mary Rundle, Net Dialogue Perspectives on International Net Governance, book chapter in World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Journal (2005).

Palfrey, John G. Holding Out for an Interoperable DRM Standard, book chapter in Digital Rights Management: The End of Collecting Societies?, (Berne: Staempfli, 2005).


Palfrey, John G. Five-part series of essays in Library Journal on the founding of the Digital Public Library of America (2012 – 2013).

Palfrey, John G. “Debate: Internet democracy: This house believes that the internet is not inherently a force for democracy,” The Economist, (Online, with Evgeny Morozov), February 23, 2011; February 28, 2011; and March 2, 2011.

Palfrey, John G. “Twitter and Facebook, step up: Egypt protests raise bar on corporate responsibility,” NY Daily News, Jan. 31, 2011, Opinion.

Palfrey, John G. “Cyber-bullying and a Student’s Suicide: Solutions Beyond the Law,” New York Times, (“Room for Debate” series online), October 1, 2010.

Palfrey, John G., Bruce Etling & Robert Faris. “Reading Twitter in Tehran?” The Washington Post, (Op-Ed), June 21, 2009.

Urs Gasser & John Palfrey, Breaking Down Digital Barriers: How and When Interoperability Leads to Innovation, plus three companion case studies on DRM, Digital Identity, and Web Services, (Berkman Center Publications Series, 2007).

John Palfrey, Derek Bambauer and David Abrams, A Comparative Analysis of Spam Laws: The Quest for a Model Law (International Telecommunication Union, 2005).

David R. Johnson, John Palfrey, & Susan P. Crawford, Trusting the Net: Peer Production of Internet Governance, Information Technologies and International Development, (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2005).

Ronald Deibert, John Palfrey, Jonathan Zittrain, and Rafal Rohozinski, a series of reports on Internet Filtering in countries including Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, Vietnam, the UAE, Yemen, Singapore, and Bahrain, published through the OpenNet Initiative, at (2004 – 2010).

William W. Fisher, John Palfrey, et al., Copyright and Digital Media in a Post-Napster World, Berkman Center Publications Series, jointly with Gartner|G2 (2003 and 2005 editions).

William W. Fisher, John Palfrey et al., Content & Control: Assessing the Impact of Policy Choices on Potential Online Business Models in the Music and Film Industries, Berkman Center Publications Series, (2005).

William W. Fisher, Urs Gasser, John Palfrey, et al., iTunes: How Copyright, Contract, and Technology Shape the Business of Digital Media . A Case Study, Berkman Center Publications Series, (2004).

ABA Report on Dispute Resolution in E-Commerce, Dispute Resolution Magazine, Winter 2003, at 38.

Op-eds and Columns: In major daily, weekly and monthly publications, such as “The Digital Copyright Crisis” (Boston Globe, September 7, 2004), “Electronic Voting and Copyright” (C|Net, October 5, 2004), “Engaging Young Bostonians in Citizenship” (Boston Globe, July 5, 2004), “Somerville Stumps in Cyberspace” (Boston Globe, September 2, 2005) “Censorship, Inc.?” (Newsweek, February 27, 2006). “Deploying the Wisdom of the Crowds Against Badware” (with Prof. Jonathan Zittrain, in CNET, July 29, 2006); “The Law School Curriculum: What is Technology’s Role?” (National Law Journal, November 13, 2006).

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