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Global Development and Environment Institute

Industrial Policy 4.0

Promoting transformation in the digital economy

This paper makes a case for comprehensive digital industrial policies that are differentiated and rooted in the broader reality of development and globalization in the fourth…

Friday, Dec 7, 2018
Techtopia

Discussing Human Rights, Ethics, and Artificial Intelligence with Harvard Techtopia Students

Hear from students participating in Harvard's inaugural Techtopia group on human rights, ethics, and artificial intelligence.

Thursday, Dec 6, 2018
NextGov

Upcoming Bill Would Lock Down Agencies' Internet-Connected Devices

A new bill "leverages federal purchasing power to create pro-security market pressure and … serves as a model for the implementation of similar standards elsewhere."

Thursday, Dec 6, 2018
New York Times

To Reduce Privacy Risks, the Census Plans to Report Less Accurate Data

Guaranteeing people’s confidentiality has become more of a challenge, but some scholars worry that the new system will impede research.

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018
Harvard Gazette

Facebook leader sits down with Harvard’s Jonathan Zittrain

Professor Jonathan Zittrain discusses the social media giant’s ‘long year’ with Facebook's head of global policy management Monika Bickert.

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018
Medium

Exploring Social Innovation in Norway

A Workshop on Mapping Innovation Ecosystems

What we learned about social innovation in Norway, how to map local innovation ecosystems and the challenges and opportunities that Norwegian social entrepreneurs confront.

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018
How We Get to Next

What Our Tech Ethics Crisis Says About the State of Computer Science Education

If you work in tech and you’re not thinking about ethics, you’re bad at your job

The problem with “I’m just an engineer” isn’t the engineer’s inability to identify all relevant ethical implications — it’s that they don’t think it’s their job to do so.

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018
Slate

Fandom’s Fate Is Not Tied to Tumblr’s

If Tumblr doesn’t learn from history, it will be headed for the same fate as LiveJournal.

After Tumblr’s recent announcement that it will no longer allow “adult content” many have been asking where fan creators, LGBTQ people, and support communities will go.

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018
Digital HKS

Can Blockchain Facilitate the Governance of Commons-oriented Communities?

A conversation with Berkman Klein Center Faculty Associate Samer Hassan

Hassan thinks of the blockchain within the context of how we use it to manage trust in large, decentralized communities.

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018
The Atlantic

Stories from the front lines of the fight against hate speech

Brittan Heller joins the Atlantic to explore the debate about free speech — on campuses, on tech platforms, and in our political life.

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018
Bloomberg

The Bloomberg 50: The People Who Defined Global Business in 2018

Rediet Abebe earns a place on the annual Bloomberg 50

Her research focuses on how algorithms can be applied to health, education, and housing.

Tuesday, Dec 4, 2018
Medium

A Journey Though the Space Jam Website’s Hidden Layer of HTML Comments

The HTML comments that create this layer of the Space Jam website vary in function, from guides to a digital space to declarative statements, distributed from its main navigation…

Sunday, Dec 2, 2018
Pacific Standard

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Has Mastered the Politics of Digital Intimacy

Should there be a public archive or public record of a politician's social media as soon as they become a public official?

Friday, Nov 30, 2018
Forbes

Why AI Needs To Reflect Society

Greater diversity within research communities can control for bias in this process.

Thursday, Nov 29, 2018
Cyberlaw Clinic

How Podcast Platforms Respond to Hate Speech: Clinic Releases New Memo

The Cyberlaw Clinic shares a new memorandum on content regulation policy for the podcasting community

Thursday, Nov 29, 2018
scholar.harvard.edu

Disparate Interactions: An Algorithm-in-the-Loop Analysis of Fairness in Risk Assessments

How do people respond to the predictions made by pretrial risk assessments?

Thursday, Nov 29, 2018
Ribbon Farm

The Digital Maginot Line

We are immersed in an evolving, ongoing conflict: an Information World War in which state actors, terrorists, and ideological extremists leverage the social infrastructure…

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018
Digital HKS

Big Data, Meager returns?

There is no easy fix to the asymmetries existing between developing and developed countries.

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018
Mozilla Festival

The Dataset Nutrition Label Project

The Dataset Nutrition Label Project empowers data scientists and policymakers with practical tools to improve AI outcomes

Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018
Open Ideals

A Berkman-Klein Center Tale: From Fellows Hour to Funding!

How one Fellow's project began as an idea at 23 Everett Street (BKC’s HQ!) in 2014, moved to introspection and tinkering, and then opened to funding, collaboration, and feedback.

Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018