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Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

  • Institute for Rebooting Social Media fellows

    The Institute for Rebooting Social Media announces its inaugural cohort of visiting scholars

    April 8, 2022

    The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University has announced its Institute for Rebooting Social Media’s inaugural cohort of Visiting Scholars.

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    Algorithm nation

    March 14, 2022

    A Harvard Law School reading group debates how the law should manage self-driving cars, A.I.-generated art, and other algorithmic technology.

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    Building for the Future

    January 25, 2022

    With a focus on fostering collaboration and community, the modernist building has been transformed into a 21st-century work environment

  • Woman talking into a microphone

    Is it time to swipe left on social media?

    October 12, 2021

    Leaked revelations about Instagram’s impact on teens have united Republicans and Democrats in considering legal reforms, say Harvard Law School scholars.

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    Oh, what a tangled web we weave

    July 7, 2021

    Deception spreads faster than truth on social media. Who — if anyone — should stop it?

  • Jonathan Zittrain testifying before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee

    Towards more interoperable ‘smart’ home devices

    June 16, 2021

    Professor Jonathan Zittrain ’95 appeared as a witness for the Senate Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights on June 15 to discuss the current state of home technologies and antitrust.

  • Christopher Bavitz

    Christopher Bavitz appointed Harvard Law School’s vice dean for experiential and clinical education

    June 16, 2021

    Harvard Law School’s Christopher T. Bavitz, the WilmerHale Clinical Professor of Law, has been appointed as vice dean for experiential and clinical education.

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    Should the internet be treated like a public utility?

    April 20, 2021

    At the annual Klinsky Lecture, Visiting Professor John G. Palfrey ’01, president of the MacArthur Foundation, says we need a regulatory regime for technology.

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    How ‘digital witnesses’ are documenting history and challenging the status quo

    March 18, 2021

    A recent event hosted by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society explored how young Black people are using technology for activism around the world.

  • Sidharth Chauhan

    Rethinking digital education in a ‘global classroom’

    February 12, 2021

    As Harvard Law students across the world logged onto Zoom this fall to connect to their professors and peers, Sidharth Chauhan LL.M. ’21 took virtual education a step further.

  • Apryl Williams

    Deconstructing the ‘Karen’ meme

    February 3, 2021

    It’s a scene we unfortunately see too often now: A white woman pulls out her phone to call the police to patrol Black people in public spaces. They become memes, the kind that are studied by Apryl Williams, a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

  • Jonathan Zittrain delivers the 2020 Tanner Lecture

    Gaining power, losing control

    January 28, 2021

    As the 2020 Tanner Lecturer on Human Values at Clare Hall, Cambridge, Harvard Law Professor Jonathan Zittrain explores the clash of free speech and public health online.

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    For Prof. Ruth Okediji, ‘grievous’ Capitol insurrection holds hopeful lessons

    January 19, 2021

    Harvard Law Professor Ruth Okediji believes recent events can reinvigorate American democracy and serve as a lesson for the world.

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    Blocking the president

    January 13, 2021

    Harvard Law experts Yochai Benkler and evelyn douek weigh in on the suspension of President Trump’s social media accounts and potential First Amendment implications.

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    Political discourse and the 2020 U.S. Election

    November 24, 2020

    The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society researchers Yochai Benkler and Robert Faris document how polarized media in the United States shape political discourse and the 2020 election.

  • Connected Parent Zoom panel

    ‘The Connected Parent’ offers guidance, insight into digital parenting

    November 16, 2020

    “The Connected Parent,” a new book by John Palfrey ’01 and Urs Gasser LL.M. ’03  is a practical guide for addressing concerns brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and navigating an increasingly digital world.

  • Julie Owono and Evelyn Douek

    ‘Be the Twitter that you want to see in the world’

    November 7, 2020

    Ahead of the 2020 presidential election in the United States, experts from the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society convened to discuss how platforms are approaching mis- and disinformation and what they can improve going forward.

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    Simulating responses to election disinformation

    October 14, 2020

    In an effort to combat multiple potential vectors of attack on the 2020 U.S. election, two Berkman Klein Center affiliates have published a package of “tabletop exercises,” freely available to decisionmakers and the public to simulate realistic scenarios in which disinformation threatens to disrupt the 2020 election.

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    ‘We need to be more imaginative about cybersecurity than we are right now’

    October 7, 2020

    In the “good old days” of cybersecurity risk, we only had to worry about being hacked or downloading malware. But the stakes have ramped up considerably in the past decade, say Berkman Klein directors James Mickens and Jonathan Zittrain.

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    Tracing the disinformation campaign on mail-in voter fraud

    October 2, 2020

    A new report from Harvard Law School Professor Yochai Benkler ’94 and a team of researchers from the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society shows that the mail-in voting fraud disinformation campaign—intentionally spreading false information in order to deceive—is largely led by political elites and the mass media.

  • Mark Wu and William Alford

    Passing the baton

    August 21, 2020

    As William Alford completes his tenure, Mark Wu assumes vice deanship of the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies at HLS.

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    After 18 years, Professor Alford completes his tenure as vice dean for the Graduate Program and ILS

    August 17, 2020

    After 18 years as its faculty director, Professor William P. Alford ’77 completed his tenure as vice dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies at Harvard Law School on June 30.

  • Mark Wu

    A Q&A with Mark Wu on his appointment as vice dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies

    August 16, 2020

    Mark Wu, the Henry L. Stimson Professor at Harvard Law School, was recently appointed the new vice dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies. He replaces William Alford, who served in the role for the past 18 years. 

  • COVID State of Play

    ‘Feeding the virus’?

    July 30, 2020

    “Confused,” “frustrating,” “fragmented,” “acute,” and “a reckoning” were just some of the ways three health care experts described the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic during a recent Berkman Klein virtual discussion.

  • Ruth Okediji

    Last Lecture: Ruth Okediji encourages the graduating class to cultivate the courage to try something new

    May 20, 2020

    In her Last Lecture, Ruth Okediji encouraged the graduating class to cultivate the courage to try something new.

  • Dehlia Umunna, Daphna Renan, Ruth Okediji, Naz Modirzadeh

    Harvard Law School Last Lecture Series 2020

    May 20, 2020

    The 2020 Last Lecture Series is an HLS tradition where selected faculty members impart insight, advice, and final words of wisdom to the graduating class. Speakers this year included Dehlia Umunna, Daphna Renan, Ruth Okediji, and Naz Modirzadeh.

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    How much access to data should be permitted during the COVID-19 pandemic?

    April 14, 2020

    The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is currently taking the lead in the effort to explore the ways data can be mined to increase understanding of COVID-19 and to fight it more efficiently.

  • Cyberlaw Clinic turns 20

    April 9, 2020

    It was 1999 and the dot-com bubble was about to burst. Corporations were scrambling to address new legal challenges online. Napster was testing the music industry. And at Harvard Law School, the Berkman Klein Center was creating a clinical teaching program specializing in cyberlaw.

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    We need privacy and data laws to tackle this global pandemic

    March 23, 2020

    In the Berkman Klein Center's Medium collection, BKC fellow and S.J.D. candidate Beatriz Botero Arcila talks about governments' use of digital technologies and big data analytics in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Kendra Albert

    Kendra Albert ’16 shares their Cyberlaw Clinic story

    February 27, 2020

    Kendra Albert ’16, former student and current clinical instructor in Berkman Klein Center's Cyberlaw Clinic talks about their takeaways from that experience, their current work, and what they’re the proudest of in their time there.

  • Rebecca Tushnet testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee

    Rebecca Tushnet testifies on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

    February 17, 2020

    Rebecca Tushnet, the inaugural Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment and a director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary's Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, on Feb. 11, on “The Digital Millennium Copyright Act at 22: What is it, why was it enacted, and where are we now?”

  • Lumen Homepage

    Shedding light on fraudulent takedown notices

    December 12, 2019

    What happens if bad actors deliberately falsify and submit court documents requesting the removal of content? Research using the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society’s Lumen database shows the problem is larger than previously understood.

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    On the Bookshelf: HLS Authors

    December 11, 2019

    This fall, the Harvard Law School Library hosted a series of book talks by Harvard Law School authors on topics ranging from forgiveness in law, transparency in health and fidelity in constitutional practice.

  • German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

    At Harvard Law, German President Steinmeier discusses digital technology ethics

    November 5, 2019

    On Nov. 1, German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier discussed the "Ethics of Digital Transformation" at an event hosted by Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.

  • Justice Hanan Melcer of Israel's Supreme Court.

    Israeli Supreme Court Justice on combatting propaganda in elections

    October 29, 2019

    Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel Hanan Melcer, who chaired Israel's Central Elections Committee, shared his experience protecting Israel's elections from online manipulation and cyber threats.

  • Jonathan Zittrain speaking at an event in Palo Alto, CA

    Going West: Palo Alto event showcases Harvard tech startup scene

    July 23, 2019

    A provocative keynote by Harvard Law Professor Jonathan Zittrain on ethics in AI was the culmination of a Harvard Tech Startup Night, hosted by Harvard Office of Technology Development and the law firm WilmerHale, at its Palo Alto offices.

  • Mary L. Gray speaking to a room full of people

    The hidden labor supporting algorithms

    July 3, 2019

    Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society Fellow Mary Gray, senior researcher at Microsoft Research, talks about her book “Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass."

  • Julian Assange in a police van

    Benkler, faculty experts discuss the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

    April 12, 2019

    Nearly a decade after Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning shared classified materials with WikiLeaks, the site’s founder, Julian Assange, was arrested in London for his role in the disclosures. The Harvard Gazette recently spoke with three faculty members, including Yochai Benkler, the Harvard Law professor who has publicly defended the disclosure as whistleblowing.

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    The Law and the Digital World

    April 3, 2019

    Officials from 23 offices of state attorneys general recently met at HLS as part of the Berkman Klein Center’s AGTech Forum series, to discuss tech-driven challenges to privacy and data security that vex state regulators and threaten consumers, and to strategize on how the law can keep up.

  • Medical AI systems could be vulnerable to adversarial attacks

    Medical AI systems could be vulnerable to adversarial attacks

    March 26, 2019

    A team of researchers from Harvard Law School, Harvard Medical School and MIT have published a new article in Science, the peer-reviewed academic journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, that suggests that medical artificial intelligence systems could be vulnerable to adversarial attacks.

  • Ben Green

    The “Smart Enough” City

    March 20, 2019

    "The smart city is ultimately a vision full of false promises and hidden dangers," says Ben Green, an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and author of the forthcoming book, "The Smart Enough City: Putting Technology in its Place to Reclaim our Urban Future."

  • Monika Bickert and Jonathan Zittrain seated at the front of a classroom smiling and looking up at a screen

    The view from inside Facebook

    December 10, 2018

    Monika Bickert, head of global policy management at Facebook, joined Harvard Law Professor Jonathan Zittrain for a wide-ranging conversation hosted by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, about the social media giant’s policies and its evolution--including some tough questions from audience members on the company’s recent headline-making controversies.

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    Algorithms and their unintended consequences for the poor

    November 7, 2018

    Virginia Eubanks recently joined the Berkman Klein Center for a discussion of her book, “Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor,” and the impact algorithms can have on different segments of society.

  • Caselaw Access Project Launches API and Bulk Data Service

    Caselaw Access Project launches API and bulk data service

    October 31, 2018

    The Library Innovation Lab at the Harvard Law School Library announced the launch of its Caselaw Access Project API and bulk data service, which puts the full corpus of published U.S. case law online for anyone to access for free.

  • Mark Wu promoted to professor of law

    Mark Wu appointed professor of law

    October 25, 2018

    Mark Wu, a leading expert on international trade and international economic law, was promoted to full professor, effective July 1. He was named the Henry L. Stimson Professor of Law.

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    ‘Network Propaganda’ takes a closer look at media and American politics

    October 23, 2018

    A new book from researchers at the Berkman Klein Center, with its origins in a 3-year study of the media ecosystem surrounding the 2016 U.S. presidential election, disrupts the traditional narrative—invoking "fake news,” Russian interference, data breaches and social media—around what contributed to the divisive outcome.

  • Urs Gasser

    Why your online data isn’t safe

    October 3, 2018

    In a Q&A with the Harvard Gazette, Urs Gasser LL.M. ’03, executive director of the Berkman Klein Center, discusses what might be done to protect users from companies that profit from people’s data.