The Berkman Klein Center recently kicked off a ten-week “Research Sprint” with a global cohort of students participating from 21 different countries spread over 5 continents, under a project led by the Global Network of Internet & Society Centers (NoC) on the Ethics of Digitalization. The project advances dialogue and action at the intersection of science, politics, digital economy, and civil society broadly. The Research Sprint hosted by BKC explores specific questions around the disruption, challenges, and opportunities that the COVID-19 pandemic represents in the realm of education. This Research Sprint is one in a series that will take place over the next year and follows a first Sprint hosted by Berlin’s Humboldt Institute on platform governance. The project has the German Federal President as patron and is supported by Stiftung Mercator.
The Research Sprint examines the ethical, human rights, and societal aspects of digital transformation with an emphasis on education and learning at a moment of unprecedented crisis, when both young people and adult learners around the globe are deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. When it comes to access to education — both in terms of educational resources and learning spaces — such as schools, campuses, museums, studios, clubhouses, afterschool, and maker-spaces, participants will examine unforeseen economic, social, and political challenges and consequences, as well as explore opportunities for flourishing and well-being by considering the ethical implications of digital technologies.
Participants will work collaboratively with peers and experts from around the globe to produce a map of the relevant issues and ethical questions that policy-makers in different contexts need to address in order to harness the benefits of digital technologies while avoiding some of the possible downsides during current crises — and as we collectively prepare better for the next crisis.
The Research Sprint is one program out of many that the Berkman Klein Center hosts to engage and train students as co-designers and leaders exploring the impact of digital technologies. Other programs at the Center that also embody our interdisciplinary educational efforts include the Assembly Program, Summer Institute, and the Youth and Media Project.
BKC is proud to announce and recognize our participants, including 39 graduate students from over twenty countries.
Hamdalat Alabi Affiliation: Master of Science in Information Technology / Carnegie Mellon University Africa
Valerie Albrecht Affiliation: Junior researcher at the Department Department for E-Governance and Administration, Danube University Krems Area of research: The use of data and new technologies in the public sector and in digital strategies.
Mudasir Amin PhD student, Social Work , Jamia Millia Islamia Area of research: Politics of humanitarian aid and NGOs in Kashmir
Sara Bubenik Affiliation: PhD Candidate, Sociology, Boston University Area of research: Social support practices in digital spaces
Daniel Calarco de Oliveira Affiliation: President - International Youth Watch Area of research: Law - Human Rights and Public Policy
Bernardo Caycedo Affiliation: Adjunct Lecturer at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and Researcher at Centro de Internet y Sociedad de la Universidad del Rosario (ISUR) Area of research: Social and Political Philosophy
Sidharth Chauhan Affiliation: LL.M. Candidate at Harvard Law School; Research Assistant to Professor Urs Gasser. Area of research: Law and technology; digital ethics
Phoebe Chua Affiliation: Ph.D. Candidate in Informatics at the University of California, Irvine and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University Area of research: Social class inequality in elite hiring practices
Tomas Dodds Affiliation: Lecturer in New Media & Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam and PhD researcher in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Leiden. Area of research: Cultural anthropology, data journalism, new media
Elora Raad Fernandes Affiliation: PhD student in Law at the Rio de Janeiro State University Area of research: Children's data protection
Martin Fertmann Affiliation: Ph.D. Fellow, Research Program “Law and Legal Education in Digital Transformation”, Center for Law in Digital Transformation, University of Hamburg / Junior Researcher, Leibniz-Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI) Area of research: Procedural requirements for private content moderation under international law
Dilrukshi Gamage Affiliation: Research Scholar, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Moratuwa; Higher Education Lead, Diversity COllective Lanka Area of research: Human Computer Interaction - Life long learning, Digital communities , learning at scale
Sakshi Ghai Affiliation: PhD student, University of Cambridge Area of research: Digital empowerment in the Global South
Tomasz Hollanek Affiliation: PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge Area of research: Design theory and ethics
Milan Ismangil Affiliation: PhD Researcher at the Chinese University of Hong Kong Area of research: Nationalism, China, Ideology
Catherine Keegan Affiliation: MSc Global Governance and Ethics, University College London Area of research: Digital governance and ethics
Daum Kim Affiliation: Ph.D. Candidate, Keio University | Digital Media Manager at the Tokyo Olympics Organising Committee | Executive Director of Ethnic Neighborhoods Area of Research: Interaction and trust on digital media platforms
Swathi Krishnaraja Affiliation: Master's Student at Universität des Saarlandes | Researcher at Weizenbaum Institute for Networked Society Area of research: Human-centered design approaches to Fair and Responsible AI
Benedict Lang Affiliation: Junior Researcher ETHOS Lab, ITU Copenhagen Area of research: STS / Responsibility in Engineering, Science and Technology
Enze Liu Affiliation: Ph.D. student at Fudan University Area of research: Communications Studies
Fang-ying Riva Lo Affiliation: Lecturer, Center for General Education, Asia University, Taiwan / Doctoral student, Department of Digital Media Design, Asia University Area of research: Technology-enhanced language learning
Sharu Luo Affiliation: Graduate Student/National Tsing Hua University Institute of Law for Science and Technology Area of research: AI Governance, Regulation of Emerging/Disruptive Technologies
Maya Malik Affiliation: PhD Student, McGill University School of Social Work Area of research: Arts-based, participatory program design and evaluation with marginalized youth, critical digital making, combatting anti-blackness with arts-based methods
Sri Ranjani Mukundan Affiliation: Masters in Public Policy Candidate (2019-21), NUS Singapore Area of research: Gender economics, especially in developing countries
Arnel F. Murga Affiliation: Education Governance Assistant Program Officer at The Asia Foundation
Musa Ndahi Affiliation: Field Officer - Community Based Food Security Program. Musa is currently a Masters Candidate at Nasarawa State University, Keffi-Nigeria studying MSc. Agricultural Extension and Communication. Area of research: Rural Sociology
Sarah Nizamani Affiliation: Research Fellow - Institute of Business Administration, Karachi Area of research: Development Economics
David Otoo-Arthur Affiliation: PhD Computer Science candidate at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Teacher Educator, Presbyterian Women's College of Education, Aburi Ghana. Area of research: Application of Machine Learning techniques to modelling students’ behaviour in Smart Learning Systems
Sachini Perera Affiliation: MA in Digital Culture and Society, King's College London Area of research: I have just completed an MA dissertation on Platform Intermediation of Sri Lanka's Covid-19 Response
Affiliation: Master's student in the field of International Security Studies at Charles University in Prague. Area of research: Disinformation and Propaganda Narratives in the Cyber Realm
Alexis Shore Affiliation: PhD student in Emerging Media Studies at Boston University and Policy Consultant for the Future of Privacy Forum's Youth & Education Team Area of research: Surveillance Effects of Emerging Media
Vince Straub Affiliation: Research Assistant, Oxford Internet Institute Area of research: Law and technology; digital ethics.
Sadaf Taimur Affiliation: PhD Student at Graduate Program in Sustainability Science, Global Leadership Initiative (GPSS-GLI), The University of Tokyo, Japan Area of research: Sustainability Education - Using Transformative Learning Approach to Reform Pedagogies in Sustainability Education
Santiago Uribe Affiliation: Research Assistant. Nordic Centre for Internet and Society. BI-Norwegian Business School. Area of research: Algorithmic accountability. AI and Society. Social impacts of digital transformations.
Laura Garcia Vargas Affiliation: PhD in Law candidate at the University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society Area of research: Privacy impact of technologies with location capabilities
Clara Wang Affiliation: Yenching Scholar at Peking University Area of research: Economic Development, Education, and Technology in China.
Janis Wong Affiliation: PhD Researcher in Computer Science at the University of St Andrews and Research Fellow at the Open Data Institute Area of research: Legal and technological applications in data protection, privacy, and data ethics
Jingyi Yu Affiliation: Ph.D. candidate at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs at Fudan University Area of research: Sino-US relations, Polarization in US politics, Digital media and communication in elections, Global governance in non-traditional security areas.