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Announcing the Berkman Klein Assembly 2017 Cohort

Announcing the Berkman Klein Assembly 2017 Cohort


We  are thrilled to announce the 2017 cohort for the Berkman Klein Assembly pilot program launching in January. The program gathers developers and tech industry professionals for a rigorous three-week course at Harvard University, followed by a twelve-week collaborative development period to explore hard problems with running code.

The program is designed as an exciting opportunity to assemble a diverse group tasked with tackling a current challenge at the intersection of code and policy. In 2017, this challenge focuses on the question: How do we move beyond a world where virtually every computing device and network is insecure?  

The 2017 cohort is made up of seventeen diverse participants with deep experience working on a wide range of areas across the private sector, academia, and civil society organizations. See below for a summary of the 2017 cohort! Participants include developers, leaders, and managers from Google, Cisco, UNICEF, Akamai, and Square, along with researchers and Ph.D. candidates from MIT and the University of London. 

The pilot will be launching on January 3, 2017. For more information about the program and individuals involved, visit the Berkman Klein Assembly website. To get in touch with any questions you might have, please feel free to email us at 

The 2017 Berkman Klein Assembly Cohort

Full bios of the cohort available here:

Abhishek (Bobo) Bose-Kolanu
Research Practioner; Ph.D. Candidate in Duke University's Literature Program

Nomi Conway
Product Manager on the Risk & Security Team at Square

Jeff Dunn
Outreach and Education Manager at Google
Nathan Freitas
Founder and Development Lead for The Guardian Project; Director of Technology at Tibet Action Institute; Berkman Klein Fellow
John Hess
Chief Data Scientist and Lead Engineer at KnowledgeHound; Policy Wonk; Entreprenuer 
Peter Hong
Harvard Business School Student
Darius Jahandarie
Senior Researcher in the Safety Engineering Group at Akamai Technologies
Aditi Joshi
ISP Fellow at Yale Law School
Chu Ka-Cheong
Software Engineer; Technologist and Activist
Rachel Kalmar
Data scientist and community organizer; Berkman Klein Center Fellow
Bao Kham Chau
SaaS Software Engineer at Cisco Systems; ASP Fellow at MIT
Nadine Nagel
Chief Security Officer at BWI (German IBM subsidiary)
Nadya Peek
Postdoctoral Researcher in the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms
J.M. Porup
Freelance National Security and Cybersecurity Reporter
Thyla van der Merwe
PhD Candidate in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security at Royal Holloway, University of London
Evan Wheeler
Chief Technology Officer at UNICEF's Global Innovation Centre
Clark Wood
Associate Technical Staff in the Cyber System Assessments Group at MIT Lincoln Labs

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