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Upcoming Events

Sep 19, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Colonized by Data: The Costs of Connection with Nick Couldry and Ulises Mejias

Book Talk

Couldry and Mejias argue that the role of data in society needs to be grasped as not only a development of capitalism, but as the start of a new phase in human history that rivals… More

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Sep 24, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

A New Jim Code?

Featuring Ruha Benjamin on Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life

Ruha will present the concept of the “New Jim Code" to explore a range of discriminatory designs that encode inequity: by explicitly amplifying racial hierarchies, by ignoring but… More

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Sep 24, 2019 @ 5:00 PM

Fall 2019 Open House

Berkman Klein Center and Friends

Please join us for our Fall 2019 Open House to learn about the Berkman Klein Center, our amazing community and our Harvard friends. Berkman Klein faculty, fellows, and staff… More

Past Events

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Sep 10, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Can Tech be Governed?

BKC Luncheon Series: Public Kickoff featuring Jonathan Zittrain

VIDEO & PODCAST: How different is this technology from what preceded it, and do we need new ways to govern it? If so, how would they come about? More

May 21, 2019 @ 7:00 PM

Ghost Work

Book Launch & Reception with author Mary L. Gray

How services delivered by companies like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Uber can only function smoothly thanks to the judgment and experience of a vast, invisible human labor force More

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May 21, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Auditing for Bias in Resume Search Engines

with Christo Wilson, Associate Professor Northeastern University

VIDEO & PODCAST: Are the algorithms that surface and rank your resume for job recruiters biased with respect to gender? More

May 20, 2019 @ 6:30 PM

Book Launch for UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye's Book 'Speech Police'

Cambridge Public Library Horizons Lecture Series

The social media have been accused of contributing to everything from terrorism to genocide. They have also been the only space in which activists and journalists at risk are… More

May 14, 2019 @ 7:00 PM

Everyday Chaos

A Book Talk with author David Weinberger and Joi Ito

VIDEO & PODCAST: In his new book, Everyday Chaos, David Weinberger points to accepted ways we work on the Internet that in fact undo our old assumptions about how the future works… More

May 7, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

IGNITE Talks at BKC

Featuring members of the BKC Community

PODCAST & VIDEO: Berkman Klein community members will share their research, passions, and musings in 5 minute Ignite talks. These topics may range from misinformation online to… More

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Apr 29, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Having our cake and eating it too

How to develop AI competitively without falling victim to collective action problems

VIDEO: Could competition to develop new AI systems cause companies to cut corners ensuring their systems are safe and beneficial? 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)

PODCAST & VIDEO: In conversation with Chinmayi Arun, David Sullivan draws upon a decade of work with technology companies (and a heated argument with Steve Jobs) to offer insights… 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

PODCAST & VIDEO: An examination of the data provenance of police data commonly used in predictive policing system. More

Apr 12, 2019 @ 3:00 PM

The Cleaners

Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Told in the sinister style of a neon, cyberpunk thriller, The Cleaners charts social media’s evolution from a shared vision of a global village to a dangerous web of fake news,… More

Apr 9, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Constitutionalizing Speech Platforms

Featuring Kate Klonick and Thomas Kadri with members of the BKC community

PODCAST & VIDEO: 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… More

Apr 8, 2019 @ 12:30 PM

BKC Meet the Author Series: Urs Gasser in conversation with Jason Farman

"The Art of Waiting in an Instant World"

PODCAST & VIDEO: The delay between call and response has always been a vital piece of the messages we send. In this talk, Farman and Gasser discuss the impact that technology has… More

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 2, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Machines Learning to Find Injustice

Featuring HLS Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law, Ryan Copus

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

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"

VIDEO, PODCAST, & INTERVIEW: 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… More

Mar 12, 2019 @ 12:30 PM

Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics

How the Internet Era is Transforming Kenya

PODCAST & VIDEO: 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:… More

Mar 5, 2019 @ 12:15 PM

Privacy’s Blueprint

The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies

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

Mar 1, 2019 @ 1:00 PM

Alterspace

libraries, digital placemaking, and emancipatory design

An immersive library experience that gives visitors control over light, color, sound, and space to create the ideal environment for whatever brings them through the library's… More

Feb 26, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Waking Up to the Internet Platform Disaster

Featuring the author Roger McNamee in conversation with Lawrence Lessig

PODCAST & VIDEO: 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

Feb 26, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Goodbye California?

The New Tech Worker Movement

VIDEO & PODCAST: 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-… More