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.

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Feb 13 2018 12:00pm to Feb 13 2018 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

Media Migration, Signage, and Smoked Fish: the Library Consortium as Studio, Platform, and Metacommunity

featuring Nate Hill, Executive Director of the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)

In this talk, Nate will give an overview of the programs at METRO/599, talk about the challenges associated with this organizational recalibration, seek input and ideas from the group, and extend an invitation to attendees to come take part in the fun.

Feb 6 2018 12:00pm to Feb 6 2018 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

Health Care Costs and Transparency

featuring John Freedman, President & CEO of Freedman HealthCare

Health spending continues to outpace wages and GDP, while some new insurance designs transfer greater shares of that to patients’ own out of pocket costs. What is driving health care costs up, who is benefiting, and how are data harnessed to study the problems and remedy them?

John S. Bracken
Feb 2 2018 3:00pm to Feb 2 2018 3:00pm

Past, Present, and Future of the Digital Public Library of America

featuring John Bracken, newly appointed executive director of the DPLA, and colleagues

Please join DPLA's new executive director John Bracken and colleagues to reflect on the DPLA’s past, present and future and explore the way in which libraries can contribute to a stronger civic life in the midst of disruptive times.

Self-portrait of a female Celebes crested macaque (Macaca nigra) in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, who had picked up photographer David Slater's camera and photographed herself with it.
Jan 30 2018 12:00pm to Jan 30 2018 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

The “Monkey Selfie” Case: Can Non-Humans Hold Copyrights?

featuring Jon Lovvorn (HLS), Jeff Kerr (PETA), and a panel of experts on copyright, cyber law, and intermediary liability issues

Can non-human animals own copyrights? Can artificial intelligence machines? Join the Berkman Klein Center, the Harvard Law School Animal Law & Policy Program, and the HLS Student Animal Legal Defense Fund for a discussion of the “Monkey Selfie” case and the issues it raises around untraditional definitions of who can be considered a creator under the law.

Jan 25 2018 12:00pm to Jan 25 2018 12:00pm

Net Neutrality in the United States

A panel featuring Christopher S. Yoo (UPenn) and Matthew Wood (Free Press)

The January 4 release of the Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order marked the most recent turn of events in the longstanding and ever-changing debate over net neutrality. Come hear a panel of leading experts explore the consequences of this action, including the implications of the Order, the outcome of the judicial challenge, and the possibility of legislative reform.

Jan 16 2018 12:00pm to Jan 16 2018 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

Who Owns Your Ideas and How Does Creativity Happen?

A Conversation with Professor Orly Lobel on her new book You Don’t Own Me: How Mattel v. MGA Entertainment Exposed Barbie’s Dark Side (Norton)

Who owns your ideas? How are cultural icons created and who gets to control their image and message? Orly Lobel’s new book You Don’t Own Me is about how intellectual property both fuels and impedes entrepreneurship, innovation, ideas, and talent. The story is also about how the courtroom interacts with consumer psychology, corporate ethics, brand control, feminism, ethnicity and our values about parenting and womanhood. "Colorful and dramatic. ...Orly Lobel masterfully draws us in with rich details, urging us to consider the future of innovation and the many ways in which companies employ litigation to achieve market domination." -- Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and author of The Future of the Internet

Dec 12 2017 12:00pm to Dec 12 2017 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

A Pessimist’s Guide to the Future of Technology

featuring Dr. Ian Bogost, Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, in conversation with Professor Jeffrey Schnapp, Professor of Romance Languages & Literature, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Two decades of technological optimism in computing have proven foolhardy. Let’s talk about new ways to anticipate what might go right and wrong, using a technology that has not yet mainstreamed—autonomous vehicles—as a test case.

Dec 5 2017 12:00pm to Dec 5 2017 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

Black Users, Enclaving, and Methodological Challenges in a Shifting Digital Landscape

featuring Sarah Florini, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies, Department of English Arizona State University

Researchers often consider the technological practices of Black Americans for insight into race and cultural production. But, Black users are regularly at the digital vanguard, anticipating shifts in the media landscape that raise methodological and ethical questions for researchers.

Nov 28 2017 12:00pm to Nov 28 2017 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

Plain Text: The Poetics of Computation

featuring Dennis Tenen, Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University

Computers—from electronic books to smart phones—play an active role in our social lives. Our technological choices thus entail theoretical and political commitments. Dennis Tenen takes up today's strange enmeshing of humans, texts, and machines to argue that our most ingrained intuitions about texts are profoundly alienated from the physical contexts of their intellectual production.

Nov 21 2017 12:00pm to Nov 21 2017 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

Badges of Oppression, Positions of Strength: Digital Black Feminist Discourse and the Legacy of Black Women’s Technology Use

featuring Catherine Knight Steele, University of Maryland

The use of online technology by black feminist thinkers has changed the principles, praxis, and product of black feminist writing and simultaneously has changed the technologies themselves. Texts from the antebellum south through the 20th-century contextualize the contemporary relationship between black women and digital media.

Nov 14 2017 12:00pm to Nov 14 2017 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

Digital Justice: Technology and the Internet of Disputes

featuring author Ethan Katsh

Our society is blessed with new technologies yet also burdened with numerous and novel disputes as they are used. In his new book Digital Justice: Technology and the Internet of Disputes, Professor Katsh looks at many of these disputes, why they arise, how they may be resolved and, in some cases, even prevented.

Nov 7 2017 12:00pm to Nov 7 2017 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

Study Card to Playlist: the Social Life of the Course Catalog

Curricle with Professor Jeffrey Schnapp, metaLAB Harvard

Visualized, annotated, connected: what should the course catalog look like in the 21st century? In this ​participatory lunch talk, members of metaLAB's Curricle team will share details of the new platform they're building for course-selection and discovery—and invite participants to help design and refine the system.

Oct 31 2017 12:00pm to Oct 31 2017 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

The March for Science: How a viral moment starts a movement

featuring public health researcher and educator Caroline Weinberg, MD, MPH

The March for Science went viral when it was nothing more than a name -- the very idea of a movement in defense of science in policy was enough to ignite the passion of more than one million people around the world. From January 24 to April 22, the movement lived on the internet, building on social media until it culminated in the largest science event in the history of the world.

Oct 24 2017 5:00pm to Oct 24 2017 5:00pm

Safe Spaces, Brave Spaces

with author John Palfrey, Head of School at Phillips Academy, Andover

Often in today’s political climate our commitments to liberty and equality are set at odds with one another. This tension is nowhere more evident than when we pit free expression against our goals for a diverse, equitable, and inclusive society. This book explores these tensions and seeks ways to make progress toward shared goals, for campuses and societies alike.

Oct 24 2017 12:00pm to Oct 24 2017 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

How the Networked Age is Changing Humanitarian Disasters

featuring Nathaniel Raymond, founding Director of the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) of the Harvard Chan School of Public Health

How is technology changing humanitarian crises? Is information humanitarian aid? Do we need a new Geneva Convention for cyberwarfare?