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Hilary Ross is the senior program manager for the Assembly: Disinformation program and the Digital Pandemic Response policy practice.

For Assembly: Disinformation, she manages the Assembly Fellowship and Assembly Student Fellowship recruitment and selection, develops programming, and leads program partnerships. As program manager for the Digital Pandemic Response, she collaborates with partner organizations, engages the practice’s expert working group, and develops educational materials related to the use of technology to help mitigate the pandemic.

Hilary holds an MA from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, where she focused on technology policy and international communication. Her master’s research analyzed potential communications regulatory models to limit the spread of false news on digital platforms.

Prior to joining the Berkman Klein Center, Hilary worked in communications at a think tank in DC, managed a program at a non-profit in Boston, taught as a Fulbright Fellow in Vietnam, and was a 2017 State of the Net Fellow. She loves combining her experience and interest in tech policy, program management, and education.

Hilary is interested in how to counter disinformation, the future of news, governance of speech online, and privacy policy. Ask her about her most recent favorite podcast or detective show – she spends too much time consuming both.

Projects & Tools

BKC Policy Practice: Digital Pandemic Response

The BKC Policy Practice on Digital Pandemic Response is an interdisciplinary program that works with public and private decision makers on difficult questions around the use of… More


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 More


Jul 8, 2020

Digital Contact Tracing: A Primer

How Data Can Support Contact Tracing, Explained by BKC's Jonathan Zittrain

Tech Solutions to Contact Tracing Explained by BKC’s Jonathan Zittrain More

Aug 14, 2019

Apply for the 2020 Assembly: Disinformation Fellowship

Application closes on September 15 at 9:00pm EST More

Jul 19, 2019

What We Created During Assembly 2019

Over three months the BKC and MIT Media Lab’s third annual Assembly program built four projects that offer ways to move forward on the thorny problems at the intersection of AI… More

Harvard Business School Digital Initiative
May 6, 2019

Some assembly required: building an interdisciplinary superteam to tackle AI ethics

A diverse cohort of experts make up Assembly 2019 with a singular mission — tackling AI bias and collaborating on meaningful solutions. More

Apr 29, 2019

Assembly: Building An Interdisciplinary Project From The Ground Up

Inside the first few weeks of the 2019 Assembly program More

Mar 27, 2019

Inside The R&D Of AI Ethics

Designing a roadmap for AI governance

It’s clear that the roadmap for AI governance won’t rely solely on business or academic research. That's where Assembly comes in. More

Jan 29, 2019

The “Dataset Nutrition Label Project” Tackles Dataset Health and Standards

Algorithms can only be as good as the data that underly them. Learn about one project that is pulling back the curtain on the quality of datasets. More

Aug 22, 2018

Why We’re Hosting Assembly

In this Medium story, the Berkman Klein Center provides background on the Assembly program. More


Harvard Gazette

Harvard students explore ethics in tech

Assembly Student Fellowship convenes students to tackle the biggest issues in tech today.

Sep 1, 2019

Announcing Assembly: Disinformation

New program explores disinformation in the digital public sphere from a cybersecurity perspective

Aug 14, 2019