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The Berkman Klein Assembly Pilot Program 2017

The Berkman Klein Assembly Pilot Program 2017

Calling Developers and Tech Industry Professionals

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is excited to announce the Berkman Klein Assembly, an innovative pilot program that will experiment with different modes of education, collaboration, and development to work towards solving some of the tough problems at the intersections of code and policy in digital security. 

We’re combining three weeks of rigorous education with a twelve-week action-oriented development period, and looking for passionate developers and tech industry professionals to take part. 

This is an opportunity for mid-to-senior level practitioners to learn, connect, and develop with others from various sectors – private, public, civil, and academia – in an environment that will aim to foster collaboration, development, and innovative thinking. 

Pilot Program Details

The pilot program, running from January to May 2017, will be made up of a tight knit and unique cohort of seven to ten participants from across various sectors and communities. 

The mode of the Assembly program is experimental and highly interactive.  The first cohort will play an important role in shaping the pilot and future iterations of the program. 

The program will be composed of two main parts: a three-week course and a twelve-week development period. 

  • The Course: The cohort will participate in a three-week course at Harvard University taught by Professor Jonathan Zittrain, co-founder of the Berkman Klein Center, and Joi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab.  The course will cover foundational technical, social science, economic, and legal material that grapples with emerging problems in the digital security space.  
  • The Development Period: Following the course, the cohort will work through the design, iteration, and development process over twelve weeks on a project selected by the cohort that addresses a key digital security issue that participants identified during the course. 

This is a great opportunity for intellectually curious and energetic individuals who want to expand their expertise and collaborate on a hands-on project in digital security. Participants will have a chance to learn from one another and experts in the space, as well as interact with the diverse and multidisciplinary Berkman Klein community. 

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017 pilot program; the application deadline was Monday, July 26, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET. We will be in touch with applicants throughout the coming weeks.​


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