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Kira is a Project Coordinator of Harvard Law School's Cyberlaw Clinic, based at Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

Prior to joining the Clinic, Kira spent a year teaching English as a second language to high school students near Rouen, France. She also spent time as member of AARP Massachusetts advocacy and outreach teams. Kira graduated from Tufts University, summa cum laude, in 2013 with a political science degree, and if you want to hear a lot about politicians and crying, ask her about her undergraduate thesis.

In her free time, Kira enjoys cooking, creating and appreciating music of all types, reading, and traveling.


Projects & Tools

Municipal Fiber Initiative

Fiber optic networks are essential infrastructure for businesses, schools, government offices, and homes. But should your town, city, or municipal electric utility directly build… More


Publications

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

AGTech Forum Briefing Book: State Attorneys General and Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is already starting to change our lives. Over the coming decades, these new technologies will shape many of our daily interactions and drive dramatic… More

Friday, Feb 9, 2018

Follow-up Letter to the Members of the Massachusetts Legislature Regarding the Adoption of Actuarial Risk Assessment Tools in the Criminal Justice System

The following open letter — signed by Harvard and MIT-based faculty, staff, and researchers — is directed to the Massachusetts Legislature to inform its consideration of risk… More

Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018

Community-Owned Fiber Networks: Value Leaders in America

Pricing Review Shows They Provide Least-Expensive Local "Broadband"

Our examination of advertised prices shows that community-owned fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks in the United States generally charge less for entry-level broadband service than… More

Thursday, Nov 9, 2017

An Open Letter to the Members of the Massachusetts Legislature Regarding the Adoption of Actuarial Risk Assessment Tools in the Criminal Justice System

This open letter — signed by Harvard and MIT-based faculty, staff, and researchers— is directed to the Massachusetts Legislature to inform its consideration of risk assessment… More

Thursday, Oct 5, 2017

Zero Rating & Internet Adoption

Workshop Paper & Research Agenda

In March of 2016, a diverse group of stakeholders gathered to discuss the use of zero rating as a means to improve Internet adoption in the developing world and how and when it… More

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017

Organization & Structure of Open Source Software Development Initiatives

Challenges & Opportunities Concerning Corporate Formation, Nonprofit Status, & Governance for Open Source Projects

A collection of case studies and organizational models for those who manage and participate in open source development initiatives. More

Wednesday, Jul 8, 2015

Holyoke: A Massachusetts Municipal Light Plant Seizes Internet Access Business Opportunities

Holyoke Gas & Electric’s telecom division provides high-speed Internet access to local businesses and public agencies, bringing in revenue and profits while aiding in local… More


News

Wednesday, Jul 11, 2018

Algorithms and Justice

Examining the role of the state in the development and deployment of algorithmic technologies

A retrospective from this first year of work, describing research modes and outputs and identifying takeaways. More


Events

May 31, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Exploring Corporate Structures and Governance Models for the Open-Source Community

featuring Dalia Topelson Ritvo and Kira Hessekiel

Come join Dalia Topelson Ritvo and Kira Hessekiel of the Berkman Center for a discussion on what corporate structures and governance models open source organizations can utilize… More