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Gene Koo focuses on emerging methods of education in a digitally networked world. In collaboration with the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, he is developing a commons where law professors can collaboratively create teaching materials. He also studies the intersection of video games and moral development.

Gene helped found  Legal Aid University, which provides training and professional development to poverty lawyers across the nation. Prior to his appointment at the Berkman Center, Gene worked at Mass. Law Reform Institute, where he coordinated a knowledge management website for the state (, helped develop a portal to educate Massachusetts residents on their legal rights (, and advised on technical and practical implementation of a statewide case management system. He is also involved with efforts across several law schools to use virtual environments for legal instruction (CyberOne, State of Play Academy).

Gene graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2002, where he wrote his final paper on the effectiveness of online discussion systems as a complement to traditional law school classes. He graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude in 1997 with a concentration in Social Studies.

Projects & Tools

Copyright for Librarians

The Berkman Center partnered with eIFL to deliver a distance learning program on copyright for librarians. The resulting curriculum, made available on March 24, 2010, can be used…


eLangdell : The Legal Ed Commons

eLangdell enables law professors to share valuable teaching resources across a nationwide digital commons.


Mar 25, 2007

New Skills, New Learning: Legal Education and the Promise of New Technology

Today's legal workplace demands technology-related skills that the traditional law school curriculum does not cover. The original research conducted for this white paper finds…


Apr 21, 2010

(Futures) news, social science, Internet filtering (more)

Seven different pieces of writing and research from the Berkman Center community have appeared over the last seven days, from Ethan Zuckerman's essay in the latest issue of…

May 7, 2009

Social media guidelines for law students

Berkman Fellow Gene Koo, who is working with our friends at CALI to build eLangdell : The Legal Ed Commons (a platform for collaboratively creating legal teaching materials), is…

Apr 16, 2009

Hub2 wins MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Competition

From Berkman Fellow Gene Koo's blog: "Hub2 has won one of this year’s MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning prizes, alongside our partners the Asian Community…

Apr 7, 2009

Radio Berkman: What do you call a web-enabled political system?

This week on Radio Berkman: Gene Koo discusses .gov in the U.S. and citizen participation...

Jan 29, 2009

The Legal Education Commons

The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, with the support of the Berkman Center, has launched the Legal Education Commons, where law professors can exchange and access…

Jul 8, 2008

Rebooting America: Ideas for Resdesigning American Democracy for the Internet Age

Personal Democracy Forum has released Rebooting America, including essays from Yochai Benkler, danah boyd, Gene Koo, David Weinberger, and many more.

Feb 22, 2008

The Future of Legal Education

Yesterday, the International Conference on the Future of Legal Education, CALI-Berkman Fellow Gene Koo spoke about eLangdell, an ongoing project to build a legal education commons…


Hub2 Project - Fall 2007

By talking to people in communities, observing how spaces are currently used, and using new technologies to aid in the process of imagining how spaces could be used, students will…

CyberOne: Law in the Court of Public Opinion - Fall 2006

This year's Cyberone will begin with empathic argument and programming from scratch, then segue immediately to projects. Projects will include furthering work already ongoing, as…


May 19, 2009 @ 12:30 PM

Video games and pro-social learning

Gene Koo, Berkman Fellow, & Scott C. Seider, Boston University

Video games -- whether "casual" or "hardcore," single- or multi-player, mainstream or independent -- have become a powerful cultural force. Researchers have extensively…

Feb 19, 2009 @ 5:30 PM

Harvard-MIT-Yale Cyberscholar Working Group

Cybernetics and Revolution - Eden Medina, Platform Studies and the Atari VCS (Atari 2600) - Nick Montfort, Video Games and Pro-Social Development - Gene Koo

Aug 19, 2008 @ 1:30 PM

Imagining Real Places with Virtual Spaces

Professor Eric Gordon and Berkman Fellow Gene Koo

Hub2 uses Second Life to engage the Allston community in designing Honan Library Park. But the focus isn't on the technology; it's on building a common understanding of and a…

Sep 18, 2007 @ 12:30 PM

The Future of Net - One Web Day / Berkman's 10th Anniversary

Wendy Seltzer, Judith Donath, Gene Koo, and Jonathan Zittrain

Berkman Fellows and Faculty Judith Donath, Gene Koo, Wendy Seltzer, and Jonathan Zittrain discuss The Future of the Internet, in celebration of OneWebDay.

May 22, 2007 @ 12:30 PM

New Skills, New Learning: Legal Education and the Promise of Technology

Gene Koo, Berkman Fellow

Berkman Fellow Gene Koo spoke about "New Skills, New Learning: Legal Education and the Promise of Technology."

Feb 27, 2007 @ 12:00 AM

"Digital Speech" / "Code is Code"

Yale ISP Fellow Katherine McDaniel and Berkman Fellow Gene Koo

ISP Fellow Katherine McDaniel: "Let It Be, Let It Be: Accommodating Libel in Digital Speech Speech;" Berkman Fellow Gene Koo: "Code is Code."