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Explore our upcoming events, find video and audio from our past events, and subscribe to stay updated on all of our talks, panels, and live webcasts.

Upcoming Events

Feb 15, 2019 @ 5:30 PM

Re-Framing the Frame

Preparing Justice-Seekers through Legal Education

A critical look at the consequences of framing legal education as it stands now: as law from the top down. More

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Feb 19, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

The Smart Enough City

Putting Technology in Its Place to Reclaim Our Urban Future

Why technology is not an end in itself, and how cities can be “smart enough,” using technology to promote democracy and equity. More

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Feb 21, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Patents and Market Concentration

Measuring the Impact on Global Access to Medicines

Market concentration in technology industries has become a subject of interest to scholars and policy analysts. This talk presents some of the first empirical results on how the… More

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Feb 25, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Waking Up to the Internet Platform Disaster

Featuring the author Roger McNamee in conversation with Lawrence Lessig

A former mentor to Mark Zuckerberg explains the danger posed by Facebook, Google and other internet platforms and what we must do about it. More

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Feb 26, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Goodbye California?

The New Tech Worker Movement

In the past years, workers across the tech industry have engaged in an unprecedented series of actions challenging their companies. What do these actions mean--and what's next? More

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Mar 5, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Privacy’s Blueprint

The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies

The dominant model for regulating privacy focuses on giving people control over their information and regulating data practices. This focus ignores the role that the design of… More

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Mar 12, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics

How the Internet Era is Transforming Kenya

Join us for a conversation with author Nanjala Nyabola and 2017 Berkman Klein Fellow Grace Mutung'u about Nanjala's book, Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet… More

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Mar 25, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

BKC Meet the Author Series: Urs Gasser in conversation with Farah Pandith

"How We Can Defeat the Extremist Threat"

From the tech sector to the business sector and public sector: why we must go “all in” to counter and defeat violent extremist ideologies online and offline. More

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Apr 2, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Machines Learning to Find Injustice

Featuring HLS Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law, Ryan Copus

Can we find a responsible, ethical, and transparent way to leverage the power of predictive algorithms in our justice systems? More

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Apr 3, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

What Should Happen to Our Medical Records When We Die?

Featuring Dr. Jon Cornwall, Centre for Early Learning in Medicine

Digital innovation is transforming health care, and the amount of digital health care data being generated will likely have increasing research utility over time. Despite the… More

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Apr 9, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Constitutionalizing Speech Platforms

Featuring Kate Klonick & Friends

We're never going to get a global set of norms for online speech but do the platforms pick our global values and constitutionalize them? Something to tie them to the mast when… More

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Apr 16, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Dirty Data, Bad Predictions

How Civil Rights Violations Impact Police Data, Predictive Policing Systems and Society

An examination of the data provenance of police data commonly used in predictive policing system. More

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Apr 23, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

How to work with tech companies on human rights

Insights from a decade of multi-stakeholder collaboration (and an argument with Steve Jobs)

David Sullivan draws upon a decade of work with technology companies (and a heated argument with Steve Jobs) to offer insights into how companies and civil society can collaborate… More

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Past Events

Feb 5, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

A History of the Internet

featuring Scott Bradner

Why has the Internet had such a powerful impact? What are the challenges that may cause the Internet of tomorrow to be significantly less revolutionary than the Internet to date? More

Feb 4, 2019 @ 6:30 PM

Is A.I Laughing at us?

A conversation with Jessica Fjeld, Jon Orwant, and Nikhil Dharmaraj

Artificial intelligence and art, how humor and creativity interrelate, and the successes and the shortcomings of new Al technologies. More

Jan 31, 2019 @ 6:00 PM

Cyberlaw and Human Rights

Intersections in the Global South

Academics and civil society representatives from across the Global South will discuss emerging legal challenges to human rights in digitally networked spaces, from hate speech to… More

Dec 4, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

“My Constellation is Space”: Towards a Theory of Black Cyberculture

Featuring Dr. André L. Brock, Georgia Tech

VIDEO & PODCAST: Utilizing critical technocultural discourse analysis, Afro-optimism, and libidinal economic theory, Dr. Andre Brock employs Black Twitter as an exemplar of Black… More

Dec 3, 2018 @ 3:30 PM

The State of Online Speech and Governance

Featuring Monika Bickert & Jonathan Zittrain in conversation

VIDEO & PODCAST: The State of Online Speech and Governance: Featuring Monika Bickert & Jonathan Zittrain in conversation More

Nov 30, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Promoting Fairness, Equity, and Human Rights in Tech

Perspectives from Europe and the US on a Law and Policy Agenda

VIDEO & PODCAST: A broad overview of the landscape for regulating cutting-edge digital technologies in Europe and the US More

Nov 29, 2018 @ 5:00 PM

Skewed or Rescued?: The Emerging Theory of Algorithmic Fairness

Opening Keynote Address by Cynthia Dwork

A Public Lecture by Cynthia Dwork, the Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard, the Radcliffe… More

Nov 27, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Computer Simulations to Enhance Vaccine Trials

a Digital Health @ Harvard Talk

VIDEO & PODCAST: On the ethics of vaccine trials in emergencies and epidemics, as well as work on computer simulation of vaccine trials More

Nov 16, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

The Laughing Room

An interactive art installation in which participants enter an artificially intelligent room, designed like a sitcom set, that plays a laugh track whenever the participants say… More

Nov 13, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Re-Engineering Humanity

VIDEO & PODCAST: Re-Engineering Humanity brings a pragmatic if somewhat dystopic perspective to the technological phenomena of our age. Humans are learning machines and we learn… More

Nov 6, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

The State of Government Technology

Assessing Government Development, Deployment, and Use of Tech Tools

VIDEO & PODCAST: A close look at the inner workings of government, with a particular focus on the ways in which federal, state, and local government institutions leverage… More

Oct 30, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Custodians of the Internet

Platforms, Content Moderation, and the Hidden Decisions that Shape Social Media

VIDEO AND PODCAST: Gillespie argues that content moderation is not ancillary to what platforms do, but that it is essential, and that the very fact of moderation should change how… More

Oct 24, 2018 @ 8:00 AM

Drug Pricing Policies in the United States and Globally

From Development to Delivery

Join us for a one-day conference exploring the current pharmaceutical pricing landscape. This event will bring together leaders from the pharmaceutical industry, policymakers,… More

Oct 23, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Automating Inequality

How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor

Podcast & Video: In Automating Inequality, Virginia Eubanks systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and… More

Oct 17, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Achieving Equitable Access to Vaccines

From Policies to Provisions

Julia Barnes-Weise discusses the challenges of achieving equitable access to vaccines in preparation for and in times of outbreak and CEPI’s approach in working towards its… More

Oct 16, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Determining Disability

Medicaid work requirements and what the limits of digital health mean for recipients, providers, and states

VIDEO & PODCAST: This year, several states received permission to make work a condition of Medicaid eligibility. All of these states exempt individuals who cannot work due to a… More

Oct 12, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

Special Event: Big Data, Meager Returns?

A collaborative workshop on Fairness, Sustainability and Data for the Global South

A workshop on automation's promise and challenge for a different future, and the better governance models needed to include the understanding of data as a public asset. More

Oct 9, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Open Data, Grey Data, and Stewardship

Universities at the Privacy Frontier

Video & Podcast: Universities produce and consume vast amounts of data for research, teaching, service, and operational purposes. While extremely valuable to universities and… More

Oct 4, 2018 @ 5:30 PM

Network Propaganda

Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics

VIDEO & PODCAST: New research on the media ecosystem around the 2016 US election offer new perspectives and methods for diagnosing the sources of, and potential solutions for, the… More

Oct 2, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Software for the Social Good

with the BKC Geek Team & friends

VIDEO & PODCAST: Learn how the Berkman Klein Center's geek team builds the amazing tools that help us study the Internet and advance the public interest. More