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Adam is a Project Manager at the Berkman Klein Center, where he manages the Lumen project and also participates in various other Center efforts, including liaising with the SIENNA project, the Criminal Justice Debt Tool Project, and a paper regarding Wikipedia’s internal moderation processes.

He has been involved with the Center since the summer of 2008, when he worked with Lewis Hyde as a summer intern on the “Freedom to Teach” Project.  He is grateful on a daily basis to have the privilege of being part of such a vibrant and inspiring community of people.

Adam has a bachelor’s degree in Folklore & Mythology from Harvard College,  a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and an M.S. in Psychology from California Southern University.  He has authored or co-authored papers on collaborative law, bioethics and copyright reform, and his Master thesis addresses using mindfulness techniques in scholastic settings to alleviate student anxiety disorders.

Prior to completing his graduate degrees, Adam spent ten years training with the U.S. National Rowing Team, winning two World Championship medals and competing at the 1996 Olympic Games. He’d be glad to talk to you about any aspect of training.

Outside of the Berkman Klein Center, Adam coaches rowing and wrestling at nearby BB&N School, studies and teaches Brazilian jiu jitsu, reads as much science fiction and comics as he can get his hands on, and adores his wife and two daughters.

Projects & Tools


Lumen collects and studies online content removal requests, providing transparency and supporting research and analysis of the Web's notice and takedown ecosystem, in terms of who…

Research Sprint on Takedowns and Transparency with Lumen

Sprint participants worked with members of the Lumen Database team and Berkman Klein Center staff, as well as outside experts to tackle pressing issues concerning online…


Nov 21, 2019

Content and Conduct

How English Wikipedia Moderates Harmful Speech

This study assesses the degree to which English-language Wikipedia is successful in moderating harmful speech


Nov 14, 2022

BKC Comment to the FTC on Transparency and Commercial Surveillance

On behalf of BKC and its projects and associates, the Cyberlaw Clinic submitted a comment regarding the FTC's ANPR related to commercial surveillance and data privacy.

Feb 23, 2021

Ethics and Governance of AI and Robotics

A contribution to the SIENNA project

A contribution to the SIENNA project

Feb 12, 2021

Prediction from Lumen Database researchers cited by Vice

A new video shows Beverly Hills cops playing the Beatles to trigger Instagram's algorithmic copyright filter, raising concerns that some law enforcement are using copyright…

Dec 19, 2019

Lumen Comments on Copyright and Transparency for EU Meeting

Christopher Bavitz and Adam Holland joined an EU meeting to discuss the importance of data transparency in takedown regimes and key learnings from the Lumen Database. 

Jan 23, 2019

Dutch Doc Wins 'Forget My Suspension' Case

Google must remove search results about medical regulators' conditional suspension of a Dutch physician in the first "right to be forgotten" case of its kind in the European Union.


Ars Technica

Rights holders got Google to remove 6 billion links from Search over 10 years

Lumen project manager Adam Holland and Rebecca Tushnet spoke about Google’s efforts to take down links considered pirated. “Google's partner in tracking all of its takedown…

Oct 4, 2022
BKC Medium Collection

Lumen — The Year in Review

The Lumen project’s annual report highlights the technical improvements, research, outreach, and data collection from the last year.

Oct 14, 2020

The Internet Archive’s New “National Emergency Library” Generates A Range of Strong Reactions

Adam Holland, Project Manager of the Lumen Database, gives an overview of the recent debate over the Internet Archive's “National Emergency Library”

Apr 10, 2020

A German company is responsible for the deletion of videos critical of the Albanian government

Searches in the Lumen database reveal the complexities around the rules that platforms follow when they agree to the removal of content

Mar 19, 2020
Harvard Law Today

Shedding light on fraudulent takedown notices

Berkman Klein Center’s Lumen database helps bring attention to falsified court orders

Dec 13, 2019

Change how Facebook uses our data

Scandals underscore the need to regulate use of customers' information

"Facebook needs to change how it handles user data and personal information."

Feb 11, 2019


Apr 6, 2023 @ 12:30 PM

Advancing Platform Research through the EU Digital Services Act

This April 6 panel discussion explored tools the EU’s new Digital Services Act will offer to international researchers to better understand online platforms’ content moderation…

Nov 13, 2012 @ 12:30 PM

This is Improbable

Featuring Marc Abrahams and other special guests

Marc Abrahams -- publisher of the Annals of Improbable Research, host of the annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, and author of several books (including his latest, This is Improbable:…