Events

Through discussions, lectures, conferences, and other gatherings, the Berkman Klein Center convenes diverse groups around a wide range of topics related to the Internet as a social and political space. The unique interactions generated through these events - both as process and product - are fundamental elements of the Berkman Klein Center's modus operandi. We encourage you to join us at the events listed below to learn, engage, and connect with our community.


Jan 24 2017 4:00pm to Jan 24 2017 4:00pm

US Communications at a Crossroads

featuring Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, in conversation with Harvard Law School Professor Susan Crawford

Join us for a conversation between Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, and Harvard Law School Professor, Susan Crawford.

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.

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.’

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

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

Hyperloop Law: Autonomy, Infrastructure, and Transportation Startups

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...