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A reading group taught jointly at, and by faculty from, at Berkeley, BU, Columbia, Harvard (HLS and SEAS). Fall 2018; Thursdays, 3-5pm Eastern; Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society Conference Room. Human-designed algorithms — from the digital to the genetic — reach ever more deeply into our lives, creating alternate and sometimes enhanced manifestations of social and biological processes. In doing so, algorithms yield powerful levers for good and ill amidst a sea of unforeseen consequences. This cross-cutting and interdisciplinary course investigates several aspects of algorithms and their impact on society and law. Specifically, the course connects concepts of proof, verifiability, privacy, security, and trust in computer science with legal concepts of autonomy, consent, governance, and liability, and examines interests at the evolving intersection of DNA technology and the law. This seminar consists of weekly meetings through the Fall 2018 semester, to be attended simultaneously by faculty, students and scholars based at Harvard, Berkeley, Columbia and Boston University thanks to the IT support of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Sessions will be held every Thursday at 3-5pm EST.

Interested HLS students should contact Rachel Keeler ( for more information, and/or come to the first session, Thursday, Sept. 6th, 3pm, BKCIS Conference Room.”