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BERKMAN KLEIN EVENT SERIES – Responding to AI Enabled Surveillance and Digital Authoritarianism

September 17, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This event is part of a three-part symposium on Security, Privacy, and Innovation: Reshaping Law for the AI Era.  The first, Responding to AI Enabled Surveillance and Digital Authoritarianism is on September 17, 2021, the second, Constitutional Values and the Rule of Law in the AI Era: Confronting a Changing Threat Landscape is on September 24, 2021, and the third, Protecting and Promoting AI Innovation: Patent Eligibility Reform as an Imperative for National Security and Innovation is on October 1, 2021.   Please join us for all!

The first session of the symposium will examine the potential uses of AI-enabled technologies to supercharge surveillance, suppress dissent, enable human rights violations, collect personal data, and impose social control around the world. The panel will convene legal and technological experts to address the role of international law, technical standards bodies, and organizations like the OECD to address this growing challenge and explore how democratic nations can use legal tools to promote responsible technology and counter malign uses of AI-enabled systems.


  • Jonathan Zittrain, Faculty Director, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School; Editor, Just Security (moderator)
  • Olufunmilayo Arewa, Murray H. Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law, Beasley School of Law, Temple University
  • Chinmayi Arun, Resident Fellow, Yale Law School; former Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center of Internet & Society
  • Ronald Deibert, Director, The Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto
  • Amb. Eileen Donahoe, Executive Director, Global Digital Policy Incubator, Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center; Advisory Board member, Just Security

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September 17, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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