AI: Algorithms and Justice
The use of algorithms in the judiciary has already raised significant questions about bias and fairness, and looking ahead the moral questions become even more challenging.
Digital Identity in Times of Crisis
Global cohort of early-career scholars and practitioners explores the ethical and human rights considerations of digital identity in times of crisis.
Global Access in Action
Global Access in Action, a project of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, conducts action-oriented research into access to lifesaving medicines, and…
Harvard Open Access Project
The Harvard Open Access Project (HOAP) fosters the growth of open access to research, within Harvard and beyond.
International Digital Self-Determination Network
BKC is a founding partner in an international network that is defining the concept of digital self-determination and working to ensure that people everywhere are legally, socially, and…
The Internet Robustness project is developing, testing, and piloting software and protocols to safeguard the promise of the URL: that information placed online can remain there. …
Lumen collects and studies online content removal requests, providing transparency and supporting research and analysis of the Web's notice and takedown ecosystem, in terms of who…
metaLAB (at) Harvard
Explores the digital arts and humanities through research, teaching, publications, and exhibitions
Network of Interdisciplinary Internet & Society Research Centers
A collaborative initiative focused on interdisciplinary research on the development, social impact, policy implications, and legal issues concerning the Internet.
The Nymity project posits the utility of pseudonymous, text-based communication platforms in promoting civil discourse within closed-network environments. Our approach is inspired by the…
The Privacy Tools Project is a broad effort to advance a multidisciplinary understanding of data privacy issues and build computational, statistical, legal, and policy tools to help…
Digital Citizenship+ Resource Platform
The DCRP is an evolving collection of tools that you can use to learn more about safety, privacy, information quality, and creative expression.
Dotplot is a visualization tool that allows you to tell a story about data. Our primary use case is mapping a diverse community of people in a playful and interactive way.
Media Cloud is an open source, open data platform that allows researchers to answer complex quantitative and qualitative questions about the content of online media.
TagTeam is an open-source tagging and feed aggregation platform maintained as part of the Berkman-based Harvard Open Access Project (HOAP).
Creative Commons helps you legally share your knowledge and creativity to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world.
Digital Asia Hub
The Digital Asia Hub is an independent, non-profit Internet and society research think tank based in Hong Kong.
Digital Public Library of America
The DPLA empowers people to learn, grow, and contribute to a diverse and better-functioning society by maximizing public access to our shared history, culture, and knowledge.
Global Voices Online is an online citizen media community dedicated to amplifying independent online voices from outside North America and Europe.
Noank's mission is to license and distribute digital content globally while fairly compensating content owners, using the most efficient, sustainable, and effective business and…
Public Radio Exchange
The Public Radio Exchange is an online marketplace for distribution, review, and licensing of public radio programming.
Past Projects & Programs
Research Sprint on Takedowns and Transparency with Lumen
Sprint participants worked with members of the Lumen Database team and Berkman Klein Center staff, as well as outside experts to tackle pressing issues concerning online governance and…
The AGTech Forum provides opportunities for collaborative engagement among state attorneys general, technology companies, academics, and other stakeholders about innovation, corporate…
AI Policy Research Clinic with the City of Helsinki
During the summer of 2021, the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society collaborated with the City of Helsinki’s Education Division and their subcontractor, Saidot, to explore these…
AI: Autonomous Vehicles
As vehicles become more automated vehicles, we consider potential impacts on labor, questions about governance, bias, and inequality, and work to identify forms of transparency.
AI: Global Governance and Inclusion
In a world challenged by growing domestic and international inequalities, policymakers face hard problems and difficult choices when dealing with AI systems.
AI: Media and Information Quality
As autonomous systems play an increasing role in selecting the content we see online, questions arise about AI's influence on human judgment, opinions, and perceptions.
AI: Transparency and Explainability
There are many ways to hold AI systems accountable. We focus on issues related to obtaining human-intelligible and human-actionable information.
Alternative Data Futures: Cooperative Principles, Data Trusts, and the Digital Economy
The New School's Platform Cooperativism Consortium and the Berkman Klein Center ran a Research Sprint to explore new pathways for democratic governance of collective data.
The Annotation Engine is a set of Perl scripts and a database that allows readers anywhere to add comments to web pages anywhere else.
The Assembly: Disinformation Program brings together participants from academia, industry, government, and civil society from across disciplines to explore and make progress on…
Berkman Briefings is a reading series sponsored by the Berkman Center that provides background information about major questions related to Internet policy, technology, and law.
Berkman Online Lecture and Discussion (BOLD) Series
We offer computer-mediated seminars through our interactive Berkman Online Lecture and Discussion (BOLD) series. Topics have included intellectual property and privacy on the Internet,…
BKC Policy Practice: Digital Pandemic Response
The BKC Policy Practice on Digital Pandemic Response is an interdisciplinary program that works with public and private decision makers on difficult questions around the use of digital…
Blogging Common seeks to capture and present the spirit and wisdom of the blogosphere by surveying bloggers around the globe.
Born This Way Foundation Partnership
The Born This Way Foundation has partnered with the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The California Endowment and The Berkman Center at Harvard to explore the best ways to…
Center for Citizen Media
The Center for Citizen Media is a new initiative aimed at helping to enable and encourage grassroots media, especially citizen journalism, at every level.
The Berkman Center's Circumvention project is engaged in designing and conducting research aimed at gaining a broad understanding of the usage of circumvention tools.
Led by Executive Director and Harvard Law School Professor of Practice, Urs Gasser, the Berkman Center's cloud computing initiative seeks to identify and evaluate the challenges and…
The Cooperation Group is an interdisciplinary community of scholars studying networked cooperation. Our current activities include a series of empirical research projects on online…
Copyright for Librarians
The Berkman Center partnered with eIFL to deliver a distance learning program on copyright for librarians. The resulting curriculum, made available on March 24, 2010, can be used for…
During 2010-2012, under the guidance of Professor Jack Goldsmith, the Berkman Klein Center team created a cybersecurity wiki, which houses an evolving set of more than 350 foundational…
DDoS research project
The DDoS research project seeks to understand the ways in which DDoS attacks are becoming a popular technique for limiting access to independent media and human rights sites across the…
Digital Ethics in Times of Crisis: COVID-19 & Access to Education and Learning Spaces
A global research sprint explores digital transformation at a pivotal moment in time
Digital Finance Initiative
A multitude of technical, legal, policy, and economic issues around digital currencies and blockchain technologies have emerged in recent years.
Digital Health @ Harvard
The Digital Health @ Harvard collaboration brings together an interdisciplinary community of scholars, researchers, practitioners, and others at Harvard who have an interest and expertise…
Digital Media Law Project
Founded in 2007 as the "Citizen Media Law Project," the Digital Media Law Project (DMLP) works to ensure that individuals and organizations involved in online journalism and…
Digital Media Project (DMP)
The goal of the Digital Media Project is not to advance a simple agenda but instead to help educate stakeholders – government officials, the media, artists, businesspeople, and the public…
Digital Problem-Solving Initiative
The Digital Problem-Solving Initiative (DPSI) at Harvard University is an innovative and collaborative program that brings together a diverse group of learners (students, faculty, fellows,…
Digital Self-Determination Research Sprint
From March to May 2021, we co-hosted a virtual program that convened 25 student participants from 21 countries spread over six continents.
Documentation of Internet Filtering Worldwide
A variety of organizations, institutions, companies, and countries seek to restrict Internet access from within their premises and territories...
With the generous support of the Revson Foundation, the E-Publishing Models Project is focused on exploring current issues associated with digital publishing business models and access to…
eInnovation and ICT Interoperability
This project aims to achieve a better understanding of interoperability—that is, the ability of entities such as software, devices, or components to exchange information—in the ICT…
eLangdell : The Legal Ed Commons
eLangdell enables law professors to share valuable teaching resources across a nationwide digital commons.
Freedom To Teach: Claiming Educational Fair Use
"FREEDOM TO TEACH": The Berkman Center at Harvard University is considering a project that we hope will culminate in the widespread circulation of a Statement of Best Practices…
Global Network Initiative
In partnership with the Center for Democracy and Technology and Business for Social Responsibility, in addition to leading human rights groups, academic institutions, socially responsible…
Global Networked Readiness for Education (GNRE)
This project is the first global study offering multi-country analysis and data on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) used in schools in eleven participating countries. …
H2O is a Web-based platform for creating, editing, organizing, consuming, and sharing course materials.
Harmful Speech Online
The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society is in the third year of a research, policy analysis, and network building effort devoted to the study of harmful speech, in close…
Herdict collected and disseminated real-time, crowdsourced information about Internet filtering, denial of service attacks, and other blockages.
Impact of the Internet on Russian Politics, Media, and Society
With funding from the MacArthur Foundation, the Berkman Center is undertaking a two-year research project to investigate the role of the Internet in Russian society.
Improving Information for Decision Makers
The World Economic Forum partnered with the Berkman Klein Center on the Future of the Internet Initiative’s Improving Information for Decision Makers track, now known as the System…
Input to ICANN Accountability and Transparency Review Process
The Berkman Center conducted an independent, exploratory study analyzing ICANN’s decision-making processes and communications with stakeholders.
International Technologies Group
The Information Technologies Group is a global thought leader in the area of ICTs and development. We endeavor to translate cutting edge thinking about how ICTs can improve economic…
Internet and Democracy
The Internet and Democracy Project is an initiative that will examine how the Internet influences democratic norms and modes, including its impact on civil society, citizen media,…
A multi-disciplinary, collaborative, and extended investigation into the multi-layered system that defines the function, structure, and operation of the Internet.
Internet Law Program (iLaw)
Taught by world-renowned experts in the field, the Berkman Klein Center’s Internet Law Program addresses the most pressing cyberlaw issues being debated by lawmakers in the U.S. and…
Internet Monitor's aim is to evaluate, describe, and summarize the means, mechanisms, and extent of Internet content controls and Internet activity around the world.
Internet Radio Initiatives
We are engaged in three initiatives to explore new possibilities in Internet radio: Whole Wide World, the Berkman Radio Project, and the Public Radio Exchange.
Internet Safety Technical Task Force
The Internet Safety Technical Task Force (ISTTF) is a group of Internet businesses, non-profit organizations, academics, and technology companies that have joined together to identify…
In early June 2012, Urs Gasser and John Palfrey released Interoperability: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems. The book is inspired by their 2005 study and…
True to the Berkman Klein Center’s expansive interest in the interaction between internet and society, the Jamaica project’s mission centers on the use of the internet to shape, define and…
The Law Lab is a multidisciplinary research initiative and collaborative network of University, nonprofit and industry partners. Its mission is to investigate and harness the varied forces…
Media Re:public is a research project that examines the current and potential impact of participatory news media.
Mindsport Research Network
The Mindsport Research Network aims to build multiple experimental frameworks for understanding human strategic thinking in mind sports. Research will extend not only to understanding the…
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 them? Our…
The Net Dialogue project strives to encourage greater public access to Net-related rulemaking by intergovernmental organizations, and to engage technologists and policymakers in exploring…
Open Economies is a policy center created to support developing nations as they embrace digital technology and digitally enabled entrepreneurship as a means to economic and social…
Open ePolicy Group
We formed the Open ePolicy Group in February 2005 with members from every region of the world to share insights from governments, companies and organizations at the forefront of global…
The centerpiece of the Berkman Center's early research on Internet governance was the Center's work with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...
[Berkman Project 2001-2002] Openlaw is an experiment in crafting legal argument in an open forum.
A collaborative project between the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto; the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University; and the…
The Berkman Klein Center has long been home to a number of cross-disciplinary initiatives that investigate privacy and privacy-relevant questions in the digitally networked environment. To…
ProjectVRM seeks to improve markets by equipping customers with tools for both independence from vendors and better engagement with vendors.
Public Discourse in the U.S. 2020 Election
Studying digital media ecosystems and political discourse related to the U.S. presidential election
The Publius project is a collection of essays and conversations about constitutional moments on the Net.
Responsive Communities addresses issues of social justice, civil liberties, and economic development involving Internet access and government use of data.
The Berkman Center works in collaboration with Berklee College of Music on a variety of initiatives under the Rethink Music banner, examining the law, policy, and business structures that…
The goal of SocialPhysics is to give people more control over their digital identities: their online identities, personal information and social relationships.
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 may…
The Surveillance project is drawing a map of the different forms and impacts of surveillance online. Funded by the MacArthur Foundation and run in collaboration with our partner…
The Bridge is divided into two major parts: a six-unit series on legal reasoning, and a series of modules on American Legal Theory, divided into six "tracks" representing…
The Ethics of Digitalization
Led by the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), the Berkman Klein Center, and the Digital Asia Hub, and in collaboration with the Global Network of Internet…
The Judicial Gatekeeping Project
The seminar's focus is on the "gate-keeping" role of judges. Ever since the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Daubert v. Richardson Merrill-Dow in 1993, questions…
The Kinder & Braver World Project: Research Series
The Kinder & Braver World Project: Research Series (danah boyd and John Palfrey, editors), is presented by the Born This Way Foundation & the Berkman Center for Internet and…