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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May 15 2018 12:00pm to May 15 2018 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

Shaping Consumption: How Social Network Manipulation Tactics Are Impacting Amazon and Influencing Consumers

featuring Renee DiResta

This talk examines the ways that these same manipulative tactics are being deployed on Amazon, which is now the dominant product search engine and a battlefield for economically and ideologically motivated actors.

May 8 2018 12:00pm to May 8 2018 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

Governance and Regulation in the land of Crypto-Securities (as told by CryptoKitties)

featuring founding members, Dieter Shirley and Alex Shih

Join founding members of the CryptoKitties team, Dieter Shirley and Alex Shih, as they discuss the unique governance, legal, and regulatory challenges of putting cats on the Ethereum blockchain.

Apr 23 2018 4:00pm to Apr 23 2018 4:00pm

Blockchain and the Law: The Rule of Code

A book talk featuring author, Primavera De Filippi

Blockchain technology is ultimately a dual-edge technology that can be used to either support or supplant the law. This talk looks at the impact of blockchain technology of a variety of fields (finance, contracts, organizations, etc.), and the benefits and drawbacks of blockchain-based systems.

Apr 16 2018 4:00pm to Apr 16 2018 4:00pm

Force of Nature

Celebrating 20 Years of the Laws of Cyberspace

Join us as we celebrate 20 years of the Laws of Cyberspace and the ways in which it laid the groundwork for our Center's field of study.

Apr 10 2018 12:00pm to Apr 10 2018 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

THEFT! A History of Music

Professors James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins (Duke Law School) discuss Theft! A History of Music, their graphic novel about musical borrowing.

Theft! A History of Music is a graphic novel laying out a 2000-year long history of musical borrowing from Plato to rap.

Apr 9 2018 12:00pm to Apr 9 2018 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

Remedies for Cyber Defamation: Criminal Libel, Anti-Speech Injunctions, Forgeries, Frauds, and More

Featuring Professor Eugene Volokh, UCLA School of Law

“Cheap speech” has massively increased ordinary people’s access to mass communications -- both for good and for ill. How has the system of remedies for defamatory, privacy-invading, and harassing speech reacted? Some ways are predictable; some are surprising; some are shocking. Prof. Eugene Volokh (UCLA) will lay it out at a special Berkman Klein Luncheon on Monday, April 9th. Please join us!

Apr 5 2018 12:00pm to Apr 5 2018 12:00pm

A talk with Marilù Capparelli, PhD

Legal Director at Google

Please join the Harvard Italian Law Association and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society for a discussion on several legal and regulatory issues concerning digital platforms: controversial content, brand safety, privacy and GDPR compliance, scope of removal and CJEU pending cases, tax, copyright, and antitrust enforcement.

Apr 4 2018 12:00pm to Apr 4 2018 12:00pm

A Conversation on Data and Privacy with former Facebook GC Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly worked extensively in developing Facebook’s early approaches to public policy challenges including privacy. This event will provide a free form discussion about Kelly’s career path, the goals of Facebook’s privacy policies, their interplay with Facebook’s business model, and strategies for implementation.

Apr 3 2018 12:00pm to Apr 3 2018 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World

featuring author, Jennifer E. Rothman, Professor of Law and Joseph Scott Fellow, Loyola Law School

Jennifer E. Rothman will be talking about her book, The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World (Harvard University Press 2018). She challenges the conventional story of the right of publicity's development, and questions the transformation of people into intellectual property.

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.