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Hilary Ross is the Senior Program Manager for two programs at the Berkman Klein Center, the Assembly: Disinformation Program and the Digital Pandemic Response Policy Practice.

For Assembly: Disinformation, Hilary leads the Assembly Fellowship and Assembly Student Fellowship selection, develops programming, manages partnerships, and advises student and fellow work and projects. Launched in 2017, the Assembly Program brings participants from across sectors and disciplines to explore complex technology policy problems; this year’s program focuses on disinformation. For the Digital Pandemic Response, Hilary engages with the program’s expert working group, collaborates with partner organizations, and develops educational materials on urgent policy questions around the use of digital tools and data to help attenuate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hilary is passionate about understanding disinformation, the future of news, governance of speech online, and privacy policy. She’s also interested in effective management practices, experimental pedagogies, and bridging practitioner and research communities.

Hilary holds an MA from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, where she specialized in 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 the World Resources Institute, a global research organization; managed educational programs at a branch of the nonprofit Big Brothers Big Sisters 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.


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


Feb 25, 2021

Surveillance and the ‘New Normal’ of Covid-19: Public Health, Data, and Justice

BKC community members share insights as part of SSRC Public Health, Surveillance, & Human Rights Network.

SSRC report shares strategies for building a more responsible social infrastructure. 

Nov 24, 2020

Retrospective Contact Tracing: A Primer For State And Territorial Health Authorities

This policy memo details key features of retrospective contact tracing and lays out five recommendations for state and local public health authorities who are seeking to deploy…

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

Aug 14, 2019

Apply for the 2020 Assembly: Disinformation Fellowship

Application closes on September 15 at 9:00pm EST

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…

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.

Apr 29, 2019

Assembly: Building An Interdisciplinary Project From The Ground Up

Inside the first few weeks of the 2019 Assembly program

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.

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.

Aug 22, 2018

Why We’re Hosting Assembly

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


BKC Medium Collection

What Digital Contact Tracing Can Teach Us About Public Trust, Health Equity, and Governance in the United States

Adam Nagy and Hilary Ross share reflections on public trust, equity, and governance from the Digital Pandemic Response Working Group

Oct 29, 2020
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


May 17, 2021 @ 4:00 PM

Assembly Project Fellowship Showcase

An inside look at the work of the 2021 Assembly Fellows on Disinformation, Privacy, and Ethical AI

An inside look at the work of the 2021 Assembly Fellows on Disinformation, Privacy, and Ethical AI