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Sarah Newman is the Director of Art & Education at metaLAB at Harvard. Working at the intersection of research and art, her work engages with technology’s role in human experience.

In addition to her art practice, she is also a facilitator and educator, and has developed a novel methodology to use creative materials to address interdisciplinary research problems. Newman's work has been exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Berlin, Rome, and London, and she has held artist residencies in Germany, Sweden, and Italy. Her research in Artificial Intelligence and related technologies investigates how emerging technologies embed and mirror historical social and ethical challenges. She is Co-Founder of the Data Nutrition Project, which designs tools and practices for responsible AI development. Newman holds a BA in Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in Imaging Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Newman was a 2017 AI Grant Fellow, a 2018 & 2021 Harvard Assembly Fellow, a 2018-2020 Fellow at the Royal Society of Art, a 2019 Rockefeller AI Bellagio Resident, and the 2020-21 artist-in-residence at Northeastern University’s Center for Law, Innovation, and Creativity. Her current work explores the social and philosophical dimensions of artificial intelligence and uses interactive art as a means of critique and public engagement. She is passionate about management, and leadership, and workplace culture, and since 2018, she has designed and led monthly management "jams" for BKC staff.

Projects & Tools

Digital Identity

Exploring the ethical and human rights considerations of digital identity.

metaLAB (at) Harvard

Explores the digital arts and humanities through research, teaching, publications, and exhibitions

Assembly: Disinformation

The Assembly: Disinformation Program brings together participants from academia, industry, government, and civil society from across disciplines to explore and make progress on…


May 21, 2024

New Report: Framework for AI Transparency

Recommendations for Practitioners & Context for Policymakers

SummaryWith growing attention to AI regulation, rights-based principles, data equity, and risk mitigation, this is a pivotal moment to think about the social impact of AI,…

Apr 7, 2015

Digitally Connected: Global Perspectives on Youth and Digital Media

An ebook presenting diverse views, experiences, and insights on key challenges and opportunities

“Digitally Connected: Global Perspectives on Youth and Digital Media,” is a first-of-its kind collection of essays that offers reflections from diverse perspectives on youth…


Mar 30, 2023

Digital Identity During Times of Crisis

What We Learned During the Fall 2022 Research Sprint

BKC hosted a 10-week Research Sprint from October to December 2022 investigating Digital Identity in Times of Crisis, in collaboration with partners metaLAB at Harvard, the…

Nov 14, 2022

BKC Comment to the FTC on Transparency and Commercial Surveillance

On behalf of BKC and its projects and associates, the Cyberlaw Clinic submitted a comment regarding the FTC's ANPR related to commercial surveillance and data privacy.

May 18, 2021

2021 Virtual Creative Spring Workshops

metaLAB presents workshops covering wide ranging topics including artificial intelligence, time, and online communication

metaLAB presents workshops covering wide ranging topics including artificial intelligence, time, and online communication, through the lenses of technology, psychology, and…

Dec 4, 2020

Imagine a world in which AI is in your home, at work, everywhere

AI+Art project prompts us to envision how the technology will change our lives
Sep 25, 2018

Where did this computer come from? interviewed Sarah Newman, a Creative Researcher at metaLAB at Harvard, and a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center, about her project “The Future of Secrets,” an…

Jul 25, 2018

Shiny Objects

AI + Art workshop at Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

What does it mean to be human if most of our interactions are with non-human intelligences?

Jan 22, 2018

The Cyberlaw Guide to Protest Art

In this guide, we'll cover the main areas of law that are implicated by protest art online. We’ll give you the background on what the law is and explain why it works the way it…


Harvard Graduate School of Education

Media Literacy Education and AI

Director of Art & Education at metaLAB Sarah Newman joins a panel to discuss the skills needed to navigate a world increasingly influenced by artificial intelligence,…

Apr 3, 2024
Harvard Law Today

Exhibition in Kansas centers voices of formerly incarcerated women

“How the Light Gets In,” created by Sarah Newman and metaLAB (at) Harvard, in collaboration with the KU Center for Digital Inclusion.

“Freedom is the most beautiful thing life has to offer.” “I am not a criminal I was a drug addict.” “Beautiful things are never perfect.” Those words, written by formerly…

Nov 29, 2022
Harvard Law Today

‘Living by Protocol’ meditates on the impact of social media and its future

Berkman affiliates preview ‘Living by Protocol,’ the exhibition by metaLAB that runs through July 3 at Harvard Art Museums “How does this influence what you say, and to whom…

Jun 7, 2022

Hyunjin Seo and Sarah Newman collaborating on NEA-funded project

Community members to create "Returning: Community-Based Visual Art Experience Involving Women Transitioning from Jail or Prison” project

Feb 4, 2021

Berkman Klein team launches Moral Labyrinth website

Moral Labyrinth is an art installation, workshop, and website inspired by the Value Alignment Problem in AI

Jun 27, 2019

Navigating AI’s Moral Labyrinth at MozFest

Sarah Newman discusses her Moral Labyrinth installation

Jun 10, 2019


Feb 14, 2024 @ 12:00 PM

AI Pedagogy Workshop

For educators and others who want to meet this moment critically and creatively

Are you an educator? Are you feeling challenged, or inspired, or overwhelmed by this moment in AI? Join us...

Apr 19, 2023 @ 5:30 PM

Impossible Choices: When Human Rights Work Comes at a Personal Expense

4/19: A conversation between TED Fellow and metaLAB affiliate Anjan Sundaram and BBC Editor and Nieman Fellow Ashish Dikshit

In this upcoming public event, co-hosted by metaLAB (at) Harvard, the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, and the Human Rights…

May 17, 2022 @ 10:00 AM

Living by Protocol

presented by metaLAB (at) Harvard & FU Berlin

May 17-July 3. Living by Protocol queries the reflections of artists on, with, and by social media. The nine grid structured monitors within Harvard Art Museums' Lightbox Gallery…

Nov 18, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

The Technology Future We Want: Imagining Positive Futures for Social Media

EVENT RECAP: "Psychedelic Bubbles and a Non-Euclidian Costume Party: Imagining positive futures for social media"

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

May 7, 2019 @ 12:00 PM


Featuring members of the BKC Community

PODCAST & VIDEO: Berkman Klein community members will share their research, passions, and musings in 5 minute Ignite talks. These topics may range from misinformation online to…

Aug 7, 2017 @ 10:00 AM


metaLAB AI Art Exhibition, Lightbox Gallery, Harvard Art Museums

metaLAB exhibits five new artistic projects playfully and critically engaging different aspects of Artificial Intelligence at Harvard Art Museum's Lightbox Gallery from August 8…