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.

Deadline To Apply for a 2017-2018 Fellowship Extended to January 31, 2017

This week we announced the Berkman Klein Center’s participation in the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund, supporting interdisciplinary research to ensure that AI develops in a way that is ethical, accountable, and advances the public interest. We want to give some extra time for people to apply to join our community of fellows in the coming year in light of the announcement and the exciting AI work ahead.

Berkman Klein Center and MIT Media Lab to Collaborate on the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence

Supported by the Knight Foundation, Omidyar Network, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, Hewlett Foundation, and more

Several foundations and funders today announced the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund, which will support interdisciplinary research to ensure that AI develops in a way that is ethical, accountable, and advances the public interest. The Berkman Klein Center and the MIT Media Lab will act as anchor academic institutions for this fund and develop a range of activities, research, tools, and prototypes aimed at bridging the gap between disciplines and connecting human values with technical capabilities.

Announcing The Transparency Toolkit: Reporting Guide & Template

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and New America’s Open Technology Institute are proud to announce the publication of the Transparency Reporting Toolkit: Reporting Guide & Template, which aims to provide companies the tools they need to publish transparency reports that are more consistent, easier to understand, and more effective.

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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