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Leah A. Plunkett is a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and an associate dean & associate professor at University of New Hampshire School of Law.

As part of the interdisciplinary Youth and Media team at Berkman Klein, she researches and writes about young people's digital lives, with a focus on student privacy, digital citizenship, and educational equity. At UNH Law, Prof. Plunkett works with students on skill-building for success, as well as teaches a course on Access to Justice.

She also works with Law School data to drive the School's innovation, accreditation, and related responsibilities. Previously, Leah was the founder of the Youth Law Project at New Hampshire Legal Assistance, which provides civil legal services to at-risk kids & teens.

She has also done economic justice work at the National Consumer Law Center and taught at Harvard Law School. She is an honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where she was a Legal Aid Bureau member.


Projects & Tools

Digital Literacy Resource Platform

The DLRP is an evolving collection of tools that you can use to learn more about safety, privacy, information quality, and creative expression. More

Youth and Media

Youth and Media (YaM) encompasses an array of research, advocacy, and development initiatives around youth (age 12-18) and digital technology. More

Student Privacy Initiative

The Student Privacy Initiative-- part of the Center's growing suite of Privacy Initiatives-- aims to surface, identify, and evaluate central privacy issues and opportunities that… More


Publications

Monday, Sep 26, 2016

Student Privacy and Ed Tech (K-12) Research Briefing

This research briefing builds upon student privacy research and activities, and aims to translate these into practical take-aways.  More

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015

Student Privacy: The Next Frontier

Emerging & Future Privacy Issues in K-12 Learning Environments

Building off several prior working meetings which mapped and considered the implications of the new and rapidly evolving ecosystem of networked technology being used with… More

Monday, Jun 2, 2014

Framing the Law & Policy Picture: A Snapshot of K-12 Cloud-Based Ed Tech & Student Privacy in Early 2014

This paper provides a snapshot of key aspects of a diverse—and heated—law, policy, and implementation debate that is taking place in the rapidly evolving cloud-based ed tech… More

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014

Student Privacy and Cloud Computing at the District Level: Next Steps and Key Issues

This report offers recommended next steps and prioritized open issues in the K-12 educational technology (edtech) space, with a special emphasis on two topics: (1) law and policy… More


Events

Dec 8, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

State of Student Privacy

with Urs Gasser, Sandra Cortesi, Dalia Topelson Ritvo, Paulina Haduong, and Leah Plunkett

The Berkman Center’s Student Privacy Initiative will be taking stock of our student privacy work to date and exploring future directions. At this luncheon, the Berkman team will… More

Jun 3, 2014 @ 12:30 PM

Framing the Law & Policy Picture: A Snapshot of K-12 Cloud-Based Ed Tech & Student Privacy in Early 2014

Leah Plunkett, Alicia Solow-Niederman, and Urs Gasser

The Berkman Center’s Student Privacy Initiative team presents a snapshot of K-12 cloud-based ed tech and student privacy in early 2014 before turning to pragmatic law and policy… More