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JOL Regulating Social Media Symposium: “Where We Stand and Where We’re Headed”

November 7, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Harvard Journal on Legislation will be hosting its annual Symposium on regulating social media.

In the third panel, Jonathan Zittrain, Hannah Bloch-Wehba, and Josh Simons will take part in a panel discussion moderated by Jessica Fjeld.

Jonathan Zittrain is the George Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School and Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Director of the Harvard Law School Library, and co-founder of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. His research interests include battles for control of digital property and content, cryptography, electronic privacy, the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture, human computing, and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education. He is currently focused on the ethics and governance of artificial intelligence and teaches a course on the topic. His book,The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It, predicted the end of general purpose client computing and the corresponding rise of new gatekeepers. That and other works may be found at .

Hannah Bloch-Wehba is an Assistant Professor of Law at Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law, an Affiliated Fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project, and a Fellow at the Center for Democracy & Technology. She teaches and writes on law and technology. Her scholarship explores the challenges new technologies pose to free expression, privacy and government accountability. Her interests include the relationship between online platforms and law enforcement; transparency and accountability for surveillance; and accountability structures for new technologies of government decisionmaking. Prior to joining the faculty at Drexel, she was a clinical lecturer in law at Yale Law School’s Media Freedom & Information Access Clinic.

Josh is currently finishing up his PhD in Government at Harvard. His dissertation, which he will be turning into a book, explores how democracies should govern the design and use of machine learning – particularly in big tech. He argues that tech design is the new public policy, and so, successful regulation must grapple with the inevitable politics of designing machine learning models. Josh has also spent time at Facebook, working with Facebook’s leadership to try to change how the company makes and justifies decisions about the design of their newsfeed and ads ranking systems. Josh is a former India-US New America Public-Interest Technology Fellow based in India and previously worked speechwriter and policy advisor for the Labour Party in the British Parliament.

Moderator: Jessica Fjeld is a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic and serves as the Clinic’s Assistant Director. She is also a Lecturer on Law at HLS. She works in diverse areas including intellectual property, media and entertainment (particularly public media), freedom of expression, and law and policy relating to government and nonprofit entities. Before joining the Clinic, Jessica worked in Business & Legal Affairs for WGBH Educational Foundation, and as an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP focused in corporate transactions. She received a JD from Columbia Law School, where she was a James Kent Scholar and Managing Editor of the Journal of Law and the Arts; an MFA in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts; and a BA from Columbia University.


November 7, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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