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.


Mar 21 2017 12:00pm to Mar 21 2017 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

The Things of the Internet

with Berkman Klein Fellow, An Xiao” Mina

What sorts of objects do new forms of hardware culture enable, and what role does the internet now play in all steps along the way, from ideation to sales to manufacturing to shipping? How might we now incorporate physical objects into our notions of internet memes? And what does this suggest about the future of object culture more generally?

Mar 14 2017 12:00pm to Mar 14 2017 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

[POSTPONED] An Introduction to Media Cloud: Mapping the attention and influence of news

with Natalie Gyenes and Anushka Shah

The recent US election, and related conversations about misinformation, have brought questions about media influence to the forefront of internet research and communications agendas. We use the Media Cloud suite of tools to ask the following question: How can we deconstruct the topic of media influence to reconstruct better narratives?

Mar 10 2017 4:00pm to Mar 10 2017 4:00pm

#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media

with author Cass Sunstein, the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School

In this revealing book, Cass Sunstein, the New York Times bestselling author of Nudge and The World According to Star Wars, shows how today's Internet is driving political fragmentation, polarization, and even extremism—and what can be done about it.

Mar 7 2017 12:00pm to Mar 7 2017 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

Embedded Dangers: Revisiting the Year 2000 Problem and the Politics of Technological Repair

with Dylan Mulvin, Postdoctoral Researcher at MSR New England

What really happened in the Y2K crisis and did it matter? With a growing consensus that the United States is in a state of infrastructural crisis, the Y2K bug and its aftermath appears as a key moment of imagined collapse. What lessons might this recent crisis provide for demystifying technology and helping populations who are made vulnerable through interdependent technologies?

Feb 23 2017 12:00pm to Feb 23 2017 12:00pm

Digital Health @ Harvard | Brown Bag Lunch Series

Public Health Echo Chambers in a Time of Mistrust & Misinformation - Digital Health @ Harvard, February 2017

with Berkman Klein fellows Natalie Gyenes and Brittany Seymour

Research shows that public health information networks online have been largely unsuccessful in driving an evidence-based information network narrative around key health topics. This may be attributed to digital echo chambers - where audiences form homophilic digital information networks, reinforcing opportunities for selecting information that conforms to pre-existing beliefs, and making it difficult to disseminate evidence-based health information. We invite you to take part in a round table discussion, brainstorming together how we can support innovation and new online communication strategies for public health.

Feb 14 2017 12:00pm to Feb 14 2017 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

Hyperloop Law: Autonomy, Infrastructure, and Transportation Startups

featuring General Counsel of Hyperloop One, Marvin Ammori

The future of transportation may include Google's autonomous vehicles, Uber's flying cars, and Amazon's delivery drones--all bound together by a high-speed hyperloop backbone. You may not be able to take a hyperloop flight until at least 2020, but lawyers and governments are already working out the new legal framework necessary for a high-speed, safe, sustainable new network. Join the general counsel of Hyperloop One to learn more...

Jan 31 2017 12:00pm to Jan 31 2017 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

Not Bugs, But Features: Hopeful Institutions and Technologies of Inequality

featuring Dan Greene, Postdoctoral Researcher with the Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England

How did we learn that we need to learn to code—or else? This talk draws on an ethnography of a library system amidst a massive digital transition, tracing how strained public institutions re-frame the problem of persistent, structural poverty in the information economy as a ‘digital divide’ in order to secure political legitimacy and manage overwhelming urban crises: homelessness, precarious employment, municipal austerity. Three years of fieldwork and interviews with librarians and homeless patrons reveal how the hope for computer-assisted social mobility is built into the infrastructure and operation of the library itself, over and against competing visions for the space. Exploring the institutional roots of political frameworks like the ‘digital divide’ and the ‘skills gap’ helps to deconstruct them and reveal their effects, but it also allows us to reconstruct a new paradigm through which we can understand the digital networks that tie us to different institutions and mediate our economic lives; an approach I call ‘technologies of inequality.’

Jan 26 2017 12:00pm to Jan 26 2017 12:00pm

Digital Health @ Harvard | Brown Bag Lunch Series

Digital Health @ Harvard, January 2017 – Free Independent Health Records

featuring Adrian Gropper, MD

Free Independent Health Records are an important use-case for self-sovereign technology that links individual people with licensed practitioners and connected services. Blockchain identity and trust help re-decentralize the web of personal information.

Jan 24 2017 4:00pm to Jan 24 2017 4:00pm

US Communications at a Crossroads

featuring Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, in conversation with Harvard Law School Professor Susan Crawford

Join us for a conversation between Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, and Harvard Law School Professor, Susan Crawford.

Jan 10 2017 12:00pm to Jan 10 2017 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

Examining Black Feminism in the Digital Era

with Berkman Klein Fellow, Kishonna L. Gray

Using Black women’s innovative use of digital technologies via the hashtag, via reappropriating imagery, via facebook pages and gaming, Kishonna L. Gray highlights examples through a lens of Black feminism and give attention to the uniqueness of black women’s use of digital technologies.

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Dec 2 2016 9:00am to Dec 2 2016 1:00pm

Algorithms, Law and Society: Building Rights for a Digital Era

Algorithms, transparency, and law: how do these three elements unfold together to ensure human rights, development, and accountability at the same time? This is one of the questions that this workshop aims to discuss with students from a variety of fields. This workshop aims to present some perspectives on how different actors are mobilizing ICT to change lawmaking and legal services. The workshop will contribute to our understanding of the potential development of the use of ICT in these areas. It will bring together people from different backgrounds - legal academics, engineers, company representatives and former public authorities - to discuss these topics.

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