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Sue Hendrickson

Sue is Berkman Klein’s first Global Technology Governance Fellow, former Executive Director of the Berkman Klein Center, and a Lecturer at Harvard Law School. Her work focuses on the implications of AI and other digital and emerging technologies for democracy, human rights, and societal well-being and the establishment of governance mechanisms for the responsible, safe and ethical development and deployment of technology. 

In her fellowship role, she is leveraging her extensive expertise in technology, business, and human rights to help drive critical inquiry, global collaboration, and policy solutions for the governance of high-impact technologies such as AI.  

A leading technology and intellectual property legal and policy strategist focused on cutting-edge technology and innovation, Sue’s experience with complex legal, commercial, and public policy issues spans three decades of technology expansion, from the early days of AOL to today’s advanced AI/machine learning, autonomous, and connected technologies. Her expertise extends across many sectors, including digital media, IT, telecommunications, life sciences, education, and the creative industries. She has helped forge complex multi-stakeholder alliances, standard setting arrangements, and global collaborations to address technology challenges.

She regularly advises global government and corporate leaders on tech and digital media issues. A long-standing advocate for the deployment of tech in the public interest, Sue has also helped numerous organizations launch innovative technology-related initiatives in furtherance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Sue has been recognized as a leader in the field by a wide variety of publications including, in Chambers, as one of the Leading Lawyers in America for Technology Law, as one of the Top 250 Women in IP, and as the Best Lawyers’ “Technology Lawyer of the Year” in Washington, DC.

Prior to Berkman Klein, Sue served as a partner at Arnold & Porter, where she co-headed the Technology Transactions and Life Sciences Transactions practices.  Sue serves on the board of Human Rights First and as an advisor to its Innovation Lab, and on the board of KID Museum, the largest dedicated maker education space in the United States. She served on the Atlantic Council’s Task Force for a Trustworthy Future Web and is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ AI Governance Advisory Board.   Sue is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School, and was an editor on the Harvard Law Review.


Projects & Tools

Responsible Generative AI: Accountable Technical Oversight

Generative AI is at a tipping point of adoption and impact, much like that of machine learning and AI years ago. But this time the stakes, regulatory environment, potential social…

Artificial Intelligence Initiative

Tackling short- and long-term questions related to the social impact, governance, and ethical implications of artificial intelligence.


May 31, 2023

Exploring the Impacts of Generative AI on the Future of Teaching and Learning

In December 2022, researchers from BKC, OpenAI, and Khan Academy and other experts gathered to discuss the impacts of generative AI on teaching and learning.

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.


The Hill

Artificial intelligence doesn’t have to be inhumane

Sue Hendrickson and BKC Responsible AI Fellow Rumman Chowdhury write about the role of global governance alongside the development of AI.

Jun 14, 2023


Right-Respecting Tech Amidst Authoritarianism and Conflict - Fall 2022

As state and non-state actors with authoritarian tendencies seek to gain and wield power, technology can be a weapon and the internet a contested territory. The limitations of…


May 15, 2023 @ 1:00 PM

Balancing Transparency and Security in Open Research on Generative AI


Join Bruce Schneier, security researcher and affiliate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, for a conversation on balancing security and…

Nov 14, 2022 @ 3:45 PM

Fireside Chat: Social Media Governance in Turbulent Times

Please join us on Mon., Nov. 14, 3:45pm ET, for a discussion between Monika Bickert, Head of Global Policy Management at Meta, and Sue Hendrickson, Berkman Klein Center Executive…

May 18, 2022 @ 2:00 PM

The Tech That Comes Next: How Changemakers, Philanthropists, and Technologists Can Build an Equitable World

Afua Bruce discusses her and Amy Sample Ward's "The Tech That Comes Next" with Sue Hendrickson and Amritha Jayanti.