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Amar Ashar is a senior researcher at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. His current research areas include issues of networked policymaking, improving information for decision makers in the public and private sectors, and harmful and hate speech online. He also manages a number of strategic and emerging efforts at the Center, and works closely with Berkman Klein staff, fellows, faculty, affiliates, and alumni, with a variety of colleagues across Harvard University, as well as with numerous external partners and collaborators.

In his time at the Berkman Klein Center, Amar has played a key role in the formation of various networks including the Global Network of Internet & Society Centers and Digitally Connected. He has contributed to many of the Center's projects including: Media Cloud (a joint effort between the Berkman Klein Center and the MIT Media lab), Rethink Music, HyperPublic, Truthiness in Digital Media, Reshaping Knowledge Institutions, Cyberscholars, the Berkman Klein fellows program, Digital Public Library of America, Berkman@10, and many more. Amar also directed the Center's flagship public forum for discussion and debate, which began as a small lecture series and now reaches tens of thousands of people.

Amar studied at the Harvard Kennedy School and Boston College. He serves on the Board of Advisors for WZBC 90.3 FM (one of the first radio stations in the nation to webcast online), and was previously a technology and development consultant, a teaching fellow at the Harvard Extension School, and an intern at the Software Freedom Law Center.


Projects & Tools

AI: Algorithms and Justice

The use of algorithms in the judiciary has already raised significant questions about bias and fairness, and looking ahead the moral questions become even more challenging. More

AI: Autonomous Vehicles

As vehicles become more automated vehicles, we consider potential impacts on labor, questions about governance, bias, and inequality, and work to identify forms of transparency. More

AI: Global Governance and Inclusion

In a world challenged by growing domestic and international inequalities, policymakers face hard problems and difficult choices when dealing with AI systems. More

AI: Media and Information Quality

As autonomous systems play an increasing role in selecting the content we see online, questions arise about AI's influence on human judgment, opinions, and perceptions. More

Digitally Connected & Conectados al Sur

Digitally Connected is a collaborative initiative between UNICEF and the Berkman Klein Center building upon a multi-year partnership for analyzing digital and social media growth… More

Harmful Speech Online

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society is in the third year of a research, policy analysis, and network building effort devoted to the study of harmful speech, in close… More

Internet Governance

A multi-disciplinary, collaborative, and extended investigation into the multi-layered system that defines the function, structure, and operation of the Internet.  More


Publications

Dec 8, 2016

Understanding Harmful Speech Online

This paper offers reflections and observations on the state of research related to harmful speech online. More

Sep 26, 2016

Networked Policy Making Avenues: Assessing the Role of Academics in Digital Policy

There are a growing number of examples that point toward a change in the way public policy is made in the digital age. This new context, which we refer to as networked… More


News

Jul 11, 2018

Global Governance and Inclusion

Reframing the Global Debate Around AI

A look at lessons we’ve learned in our work as part of the Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative, More

Feb 22, 2018

Why Inclusion Matters for the Future of Artificial Intelligence

The development and deployment of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies hold tremendous promise for much of the world, including the Global South. For example, in areas… More