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The Cleaners

The Cleaners

Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Please join us for a screening of The Cleaners, followed by a 45-minute panel discussion on the legal, ethical, and spiritual questions of content moderation.

The Cleaners

“Delete... ignore... delete... ignore...”

Who controls what you see on the internet? The Cleaners, a documentary by German filmmakers Moritz Riesewieck and Hans Block, takes viewers inside a hidden industry of digital “cleaning,” in which content deemed inappropriate is deleted from the internet.

MARY L. GRAY (panelist, moderator) Mary is a Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research. Her most recent book, Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass, co-authored with computer scientist Siddharth Suri, explores the lives of people paid to train artificial intelligence.

GREG EPSTEIN (panelist) Greg is the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard and MIT and author of the New York Times bestselling book, Good Without God. He recently began a weekly series for TechCrunch investigating the ethics of technology.

LILY HU (panelist) Lily studies the role of algorithmic systems as resource distribution mechanisms with a focus on how their design, adoption, and deployment bear on matters of distributive justice. As a PhD candidate at Harvard she splits her time between working in the fields of algorithmic fairness and machine learning and thinking and writing about the philosophy and politics of artificial intelligence.

MO SAFDARI (panelist) Mo was the Program Manager for Election Integrity at Facebook, where he spent six years working across abuse mitigation, product quality, and civic engagement. In parallel, he was a city planning commissioner in Redwood City, California, and previously taught high school science in Dallas, Texas.

SALOME VILJOEN (panelist) Salome’s research focuses on the intersection between law, technology, and inequality. She is particularly interested in how the law governing technology facilitates the concentration of private power, and the distributive impacts of privacy and cybersecurity governance regimes. She is formerly an associate at Fenwick and West, LLP.


Event hosted by students at Harvard Divinity School and fellows at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, with support from Harvard Divinity School, the Berkman Klein Center, and digitalHKS. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Past Event
Apr 12, 2019
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM ET
Harvard Divinity School
Sperry Room, Andover Hall
Cambridge, MA 02138 US