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Amar Ashar is an assistant director of research at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

His current research areas include issues of the ethics and governance of Artificial Intelligence with a focus on global governance, inclusion, and media/information quality. He has published research related to harmful and hate speech online, networked policymaking, and improving information for decision makers in the public and private sectors. He manages a number of strategic and emerging efforts at the Center and works closely with staff, fellows, faculty, affiliates, and alumni across the Berkman Klein community, as well as with numerous global partners and collaborators.

In his time at the Berkman Klein Center, Amar has played a leadership role in the formation of various interdisciplinary and cross-sector networks including the Global Network of Internet & Society Centers and Digitally Connected. He has contributed to many of the Center's research and educational initiatives including: Media Cloud, AGTech Forum, Rethink Music, HyperPublic, Truthiness in Digital Media, Reshaping Knowledge Institutions in the Digital Age, Open Education, Cyberscholars, the Berkman Klein fellows program, Digital Public Library of America, Berkman@10, Oxford's Summer Doctoral Program, and IS2K7. Amar also directed the Center's flagship public forum for discussion and debate and transformed it into a leading forum for practitioners and researchers across the field of Internet & society to share cutting edge work.

Amar holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA from Boston College. He serves on the Board of Advisors for WZBC 90.3 FM and was previously a technology and development consultant, a teaching fellow at the Harvard Extension School, and an intern at the Software Freedom Law Center. In his free time, he has volunteered with Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly and led a league of outdoor laser tag enthusiasts. 


Projects & Tools

AI: Algorithms and Justice

The use of algorithms in the judiciary has already raised significant questions about bias and fairness, and looking ahead the moral questions become even more challenging. More

AI: Autonomous Vehicles

As vehicles become more automated vehicles, we consider potential impacts on labor, questions about governance, bias, and inequality, and work to identify forms of transparency. More

AI: Global Governance and Inclusion

In a world challenged by growing domestic and international inequalities, policymakers face hard problems and difficult choices when dealing with AI systems. More

AI: Media and Information Quality

As autonomous systems play an increasing role in selecting the content we see online, questions arise about AI's influence on human judgment, opinions, and perceptions. More

Harmful Speech Online

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society is in the third year of a research, policy analysis, and network building effort devoted to the study of harmful speech, in close… More

Internet Governance

A multi-disciplinary, collaborative, and extended investigation into the multi-layered system that defines the function, structure, and operation of the Internet.  More

The Ethics of Digitalization

Led by the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), the Berkman Klein Center, and the Digital Asia Hub, and in collaboration with the Global Network of… More

BKC Policy Practice: Artificial Intelligence

The BKC Policy Practice on Artificial Intelligence (BKC PP: AI) is a public interest-oriented program that helps governmental, nonprofit, and private sector organizations… More


Dec 8, 2016

Understanding Harmful Speech Online

This paper offers reflections and observations on the state of research related to harmful speech online. More

Sep 26, 2016

Networked Policy Making Avenues: Assessing the Role of Academics in Digital Policy

There are a growing number of examples that point toward a change in the way public policy is made in the digital age. This new context, which we refer to as networked… More


May 28, 2020

Framework For the Ethical Use of Advanced Data Science Methods in the Humanitarian Sector

Action-orientated steps to innovate in an ethical, responsible, and practical way.

Action-orientated steps to innovate in an ethical, responsible, and practical way. More

Jun 12, 2019

Artificial Intelligence in Society

A broad overview of the technical, economic, political, and social landscapes of AI, including its positive and negative impacts More

Jul 11, 2018

Global Governance and Inclusion

Reframing the Global Debate Around AI

A look at lessons we’ve learned in our work as part of the Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative, More

Feb 22, 2018

Why Inclusion Matters for the Future of Artificial Intelligence

The development and deployment of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies hold tremendous promise for much of the world, including the Global South. More


May 21, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Auditing for Bias in Resume Search Engines

with Christo Wilson, Associate Professor Northeastern University

VIDEO & PODCAST: Are the algorithms that surface and rank your resume for job recruiters biased with respect to gender? More