Feb 23 2017 12:00pm to Feb 23 2017 1:00pm

Digital Health @ Harvard | Brown Bag Lunch Series

Digital Health @ Harvard, February 2017 – Public Health Echo Chambers in a Time of Mistrust and Misinformation

with Berkman Klein fellows Natalie Gyenes and Brittany Seymour

Research shows that public health information networks online have been largely unsuccessful in driving an evidence-based information network narrative around key health topics. This may be attributed to digital echo chambers - where audiences form homophilic digital information networks, reinforcing opportunities for selecting information that conforms to pre-existing beliefs, and making it difficult to disseminate evidence-based health information. We invite you to take part in a round table discussion, brainstorming together how we can support innovation and new online communication strategies for public health.

Berkman Klein Center and MIT Media Lab to Collaborate on the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence

Supported by the Knight Foundation, Omidyar Network, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, Hewlett Foundation, and more

Several foundations and funders today announced the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund, which will support interdisciplinary research to ensure that AI develops in a way that is ethical, accountable, and advances the public interest. The Berkman Klein Center and the MIT Media Lab will act as anchor academic institutions for this fund and develop a range of activities, research, tools, and prototypes aimed at bridging the gap between disciplines and connecting human values with technical capabilities.

Feb 14 2017 12:00pm to Feb 14 2017 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

Hyperloop Law: Autonomy, Infrastructure, and Transportation Startups

featuring General Counsel of Hyperloop One, Marvin Ammori

The future of transportation may include Google's autonomous vehicles, Uber's flying cars, and Amazon's delivery drones--all bound together by a high-speed hyperloop backbone. You may not be able to take a hyperloop flight until at least 2020, but lawyers and governments are already working out the new legal framework necessary for a high-speed, safe, sustainable new network. Join the general counsel of Hyperloop One to learn more...

Smart Grid Paybacks: The Chattanooga Example

After building a fiber optic network throughout its service territory, the city-owned electric utility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 2010 became the first U.S. company to offer fiber-to-the-home Internet access at speeds of 1 gigabit per second. The fiber also serves as the backbone of a sophisticated smart grid which modernized the utility’s electricity infrastructure. This report from the Municipal Fiber Initiative examines paybacks on the smart grid.

6 Feb 2017

Jan 31 2017 12:00pm to Jan 31 2017 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

Not Bugs, But Features: Hopeful Institutions and Technologies of Inequality

featuring Dan Greene, Postdoctoral Researcher with the Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England

How did we learn that we need to learn to code—or else? This talk draws on an ethnography of a library system amidst a massive digital transition, tracing how strained public institutions re-frame the problem of persistent, structural poverty in the information economy as a ‘digital divide’ in order to secure political legitimacy and manage overwhelming urban crises: homelessness, precarious employment, municipal austerity. Three years of fieldwork and interviews with librarians and homeless patrons reveal how the hope for computer-assisted social mobility is built into the infrastructure and operation of the library itself, over and against competing visions for the space. Exploring the institutional roots of political frameworks like the ‘digital divide’ and the ‘skills gap’ helps to deconstruct them and reveal their effects, but it also allows us to reconstruct a new paradigm through which we can understand the digital networks that tie us to different institutions and mediate our economic lives; an approach I call ‘technologies of inequality.’

Jan 26 2017 12:00pm to Jan 26 2017 12:00pm

Digital Health @ Harvard | Brown Bag Lunch Series

Digital Health @ Harvard, January 2017 – Free Independent Health Records

featuring Adrian Gropper, MD

Free Independent Health Records are an important use-case for self-sovereign technology that links individual people with licensed practitioners and connected services. Blockchain identity and trust help re-decentralize the web of personal information.

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