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Technology Law and Policy

  • Illustration of people being tracked by their cell phones.

    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.

  • Protecting rights in a global crisis

    March 25, 2020

    In a Q&A, scholars at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School raise important legal and ethical questions about health care delivery and the enactment of extraordinary public health measures in response to the ongoing epidemic.

  • United States Supreme Court in Washington DC

    Animal Law & Policy Program files amicus brief in Supreme Court challenging border wall

    March 19, 2020

    Harvard’s Animal Law & Policy Program filed its first Supreme Court brief challenging the Trump administration’s waiver of laws regarding the U.S.-Mexico border wall construction. Ashley Maiolatesi ’20 recently corresponded with Harvard Law Today about what is at stake, the specific ramifications of these waivers, and her own personal connection to the project.

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    Overcoming obstacles to experiments in legal practice

    March 19, 2020

    This month, Harvard Law Professors Jim Greiner and I. Glenn Cohen teamed up with bioethics scholar Holly Fernandez Lynch to author “Overcoming obstacles to experiments in legal practice,” in which the collaborators argue in favor of randomized studies in legal research over the common practice of relying on the expertise and judgment of individuals.

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    Cravath Fellows pursue research and independent clinicals around the world 

    March 10, 2020

    During Winter Term, 12 Harvard Law School students traveled to 12 countries as Cravath International Fellows to pursue clinical placements or independent research with an international, transnational, or comparative law focus.

  • Kendra Albert

    From clinical student to clinical instructor

    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 16, 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?”

  • Cass Sunstein

    How people decide what they want to know

    January 16, 2020

    In an interview with Harvard Law Today, Cass Sunstein discussed his research, and a recently published paper on how people decide what they do or do not want to know.

  • Monika Bickert '00 teaching a class at HLS

    Status Update

    January 15, 2020

    How can regulation prevent social media from doing serious harm? A new course in fall 2019, Social Media and the Law, took on that inherently complex question.

  • Marvin Ammori presenting

    A Legal Warrior in the Field of Technology

    January 7, 2020

    Marvin Ammori ’03, a net neutrality advocate, explores the power of the decentralized web

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Leah Plunkett ’06 shares some tips from her new book, ‘Sharenthood’

    October 17, 2019

    In her first book "Sharenthood," Leah Plunkett of the Berkman Klein Center's Youth and Media team warns those with young children not to "over-sharent" online.

  • Innovation, Justice, and Globalization–A Celebration of J.H. Reichman

    Innovation, Justice and Globalization

    October 17, 2019

    The “Innovation, Justice and Globalization” conference, hosted by HLS professor and leading intellectual property scholar Ruth Okediji, brought international academics and policymakers to campus to discuss intellectual property issues.

  • An apple with a stethoscope, on top of a stack of books

    Harvard Food Law Clinic calls for greater nutrition education in the medical field

    October 10, 2019

    A recent report out of the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic calls for greater nutrition education in the medical field, and identifies policy approaches to increase nutrition competency of U.S-trained physicians.

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    A Question of Prevention

    August 6, 2019

    Calls are growing for the U.S. to lift a ban on mitochondrial replacement therapy, or MRT, a procedure developed to enable women who are at risk of passing on rare but devastating diseases to have healthy, biologically related children.

  • I. Glenn Cohen

    One thing to change: Question that status quo

    July 29, 2019

    As part of a series called Focal Point, in which the Harvard Gazette asks a range of Harvard faculty members to answer the same question, I. Glenn Cohen explains why we should scrutinize what is and then ponder what should be.

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    Are Americans Getting Enough Fiber?

    July 23, 2019

    The U.S. is falling behind in fiber optic technology, but cities and localities are leading the way.

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

    Going West

    July 11, 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.