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.

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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?

Oct 18 2017 4:00pm to Oct 18 2017 4:00pm

Deep Mediatization: Social Order in the Age of Datafication

with Nick Couldry, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK and Berkman Klein Faculty Associate and Andreas Hepp, Zemki, University of Bremen, Germany

Social order - what counts as order in the social world - is changing in the digital era, the era of deep mediatization. How can social theory help us understand this shift, and what are the consequence for fundamental democratic values such as freedom and autonomy?

Oct 17 2017 12:00pm to Oct 17 2017 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

Will Wikipedia exist in 20 years?

Featuring Katherine Maher, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, in conversation with Harvard Law School Professor Yochai Benkler

Join us for a stimulating conversation highlighting different perspectives of the question, "Will Wikipedia exist in 20 years?"

Oct 10 2017 12:00pm to Oct 10 2017 12:00pm

HUBweek 2017: Programming the Future of AI: Ethics, Governance, and Justice

featuring Harvard's Cynthia Dwork, Christopher L. Griffin, Margo I. Seltzer, and Jonathan L. Zittrain in conversation with Professor Chris Bavitz

How do we prepare court systems, judges, lawyers, and defendants to interact with autonomous systems? What are the potential societal costs to human autonomy, dignity, and due process from the use of these systems in our judicial systems?

Sep 29 2017 10:00am to Sep 29 2017 10:00am

How to Watch Them Watching You

Researching Social Media, Online Platforms, and Algorithmic Systems From the Outside

Join us at the University of Michigan for a discussion with Eric Gilbert, Cedric Langbort, Jeff Larson, Casey Pierce, and Christo Wilson on how researchers can navigate and investigate huge and complex datasets, algorithms, and online platforms to improve transparency and accountability.

Sep 28 2017 4:00pm to Sep 28 2017 4:00pm

The Computer Says No

The Bad News About Online Discrimination in Algorithmic Systems

Join us at the University of Michigan for a discussion with Solon Barocas, J. Nathan Matias, H. V. Jagadish, and Christian Sandvig on the potential for discrimination and digital redlining posed by the development of purportedly neutral algorithms.

Sep 19 2017 12:00pm to Sep 19 2017 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

The Line Between Hate and Debate

featuring Monika Bickert, Facebook’s Head of Global Policy Management in conversation with Professor Jonathan Zittrain

As society figures out what is acceptable and what is harmful, can technology play a role in improving online debate?

Sep 12 2017 12:00pm to Sep 12 2017 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

Berkman Klein: Technology for the Social Good featuring Jonathan Zittrain

Learn more about us in an interactive discussion with Prof. Jonathan Zittrain, Berkman Klein Center Faculty Chair

If you’re interested in connecting with the Berkman Klein Center's research, community, and events, or are just generally interested in digital technologies and their impact on society, please join us for this talk!

Aug 7 2017 10:00am to Aug 13 2017 5:00pm

MACHINE EXPERIENCE:

metaLAB AI Art Exhibition, Lightbox Gallery, Harvard Art Museums

metaLAB exhibits five new artistic projects playfully and critically engaging different aspects of Artificial Intelligence at Harvard Art Museum's Lightbox Gallery from August 8-13, 2017

Jul 31 2017 12:00pm to Jul 31 2017 12:00pm

Trump's ‘America First’ Trade Agenda: What It Means for Access to Medicines

Featuring GAiA Affiliate John Stubbs

US foreign policy regulates, incentivizes and subsidizes access to medicines for patients around the world, from intellectual property protection and market access commitments in trade agreements to assistance programs like PEPFAR. What existing policies is President Trump likely to change, what new policies will his administration introduce, and how will these changes affect global health outcomes?

Jul 11 2017 12:00pm to Jul 11 2017 12:00pm

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

Microsoft Research's Social Media Collective and Harvard University's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society welcome author Cathy O'Neil

Please join us for a timely discussion of the role of data science in public life. All are welcome at this free event open to the public!

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