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Elettra Bietti

Elettra Bietti

S.J.D. Candidate

Eugene P. Beard Fellow in Ethics at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

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Online Gatekeepers as Quasi-Public Entities and the Justice of Online Gatekeeper Regulation

My research focuses on the regulation of large online gatekeepers such as Google or Facebook and asks what types of constitutional and other obligations these companies have towards their users. I explore these questions through normative ethical and political theories. My goal is to contribute to laying some of the theoretical foundations for a better understanding of the increasingly important societal role of online gatekeepers, and to guide policymakers in determining appropriate regulatory interventions in this area.

Fields of Research and Supervisors

  • Internet Regulation, Law and Policy with Professor Yochai Benkler, Harvard Law School, Principal Faculty Supervisor
  • Comparative EU-US Perspectives on Cyberlaw and Privacy with Professor Urs Gasser, Harvard Law School
  • Constitutional Theory, Nonconsequentialist Normative Ethical Theory and Political Philosophy with Professor Richard Fallon, Harvard Law School

Additional Research Interests

  • Intellectual Property
  • Antitrust Law and Regulation
  • First Amendment
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Political Economy


  • Harvard Law School, S.J.D. Candidate 2017-Present
  • Oxford University, Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, 2016
  • Harvard Law School, LL.M., 2012
  • University College London, LL.B., 2011

Academic Appointments and Fellowships

  • Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, 2018-2019, Eugene P. Beard Fellow in Ethics
  • Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, 2018-2019, Affiliate
  • Harvard Law School Graduate Program Fellow, , Writing Teaching Assistant

Representative Publications

  • Bietti, Elettra, Quality as a Community Norm on YouTube and Beyond (May 5, 2012). Available at SSRN: – presented at MIT8 Media in Transition Conference, May 2013
  • Bietti, Elettra & Kaltheuner, Frederike, Data is power: Towards additional guidance on profiling and automated decision-making in the GDPR (2017) Journal of Information Rights, Policy and Practice 2(2). DOI:

Additional Information

  • Languages: English, Italian, French
  • Qualified to practice law in: New York, USA (2013), England and Wales (2016)

Last Updated: September 11, 2018