Amar Ashar is a senior researcher at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. His current research areas include issues of networked policymaking, improving information for decision makers in the public and private sectors, and harmful and hate speech online. He also manages a number of strategic and emerging efforts at the Center, and works closely with Berkman Klein staff, fellows, faculty, affiliates, and alumni, with a variety of colleagues across Harvard University, as well as with numerous external partners and collaborators.
In his time at the Berkman Klein Center, Amar has played a key role in the formation of various networks including the Global Network of Internet & Society Centers and Digitally Connected. He has contributed to many of the Center's projects including: Media Cloud (a joint effort between the Berkman Klein Center and the MIT Media lab), Rethink Music, HyperPublic, Truthiness in Digital Media, Reshaping Knowledge Institutions, Cyberscholars, the Berkman Klein fellows program, Digital Public Library of America, Berkman@10, and many more. Amar also directed the Center's flagship public forum for discussion and debate, which began as a small lecture series and now reaches tens of thousands of people.
Amar studied at the Harvard Kennedy School and Boston College. He serves on the Board of Advisors for WZBC 90.3 FM (one of the first radio stations in the nation to webcast online), 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.