Privacy Series

The Berkman Center has long been focused on issues related to privacy, Big Data, and security. Through many types of activities, including producing independent and collaborative research as well as fostering discussions and convenings among diverse perspectives, the Berkman Center has been at the forefront of illuminating and addressing many of the legal, economic, technological, and behavioral issues at play when it comes to data privacy, through projects such as Youth and Media, the Student Privacy Initiative, and Privacy Tools for Sharing Research Data.

In the fall of 2015, we decided to further surface and highlight this work through the launch of a Berkman Privacy Series, a collection of talks, papers, and other activities, both current and past, that seek to explore and address concerns about Big Data, which have increasingly focused national and international attention on questions of online privacy. Not all of our privacy work is collected here, but our hope is that this limited selection, including the future events listed, will serve to increase awareness, foster discussion, and help explore alternative mechanisms for balancing user privacy with the potential benefits of Big Data.

For more videos from our privacy-related events and projects, see our Privacy Series on YouTube.

Announcing the Release of “The Internet and You,” New Educational Resources for Elementary School-Age Students

Featuring Ruff Ruffman: Humble Media Genius from PBS, “The Internet and You” provides interactive lesson plans about digital privacy, search engines, online advertising, and the creation of positive online experiences that can be used in schools, after-school programs, and beyond.

Privacy and Student Data

An Overview of Federal Laws Impacting Student Information Collected Through Networked Technologies

Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, has prepared this guide to provide a high-level overview of two of the major federal legal regimes that govern the privacy of children’s and students’ data in the United States: the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

Authored by
  • Dalia Topelson Ritvo

29 Jun 2016

Mar 22 2016 12:00pm to Mar 22 2016 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

Reconceptualizing the Right to Be Forgotten to Enable Transatlantic Data Flow

with Sanna Kulevska and Michael L. Rustad

The recently agreed final version of the EU General Data Protection Regulation and the European Court of Justice’s October 2015 decision to strike down the Safe Harbor agreement that enabled cross-border data flow from Europe to the United States for the past fifteen years create a legal dilemma. Sanna Kulevska and Michael Rustad propose that the U.S. adopt a scaled-down right to be forgotten that will balance the fundamental right of privacy in Europe with the First Amendment in the United States. The authors will lead a discussion on the difficulties of developing a right to be forgotten to achieve this balance.

Mar 15 2016 12:00pm to Mar 15 2016 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

Back to the Drawing Board: Student Privacy in Massachusetts K-12 Schools

with Jessie Rossman and Kade Crockford of the ACLU of Massachusetts

Technology moves much faster than the law. Here in Massachusetts, that’s left a gap between what kinds of technologies schools use to manage student information and in classrooms, and the laws and regulations protecting sensitive student information. Hear about the state of student privacy in our state, and what’s next.

Feb 16 2016 12:00pm to Feb 16 2016 12:00pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

Security and Privacy in the World-Sized Web

with Berkman Fellow, Bruce Schneier

We've created a world where technology permeates our economies, social interactions, and intimate selves. Yet these systems demand continuous access to us and our information, and are vulnerable to a host of new security threats from users, from outsiders, and from the corporations and governments that control them. This talk looks back at what we've learned from past attempts to secure these systems, and forward at what technologies, laws, regulations, economic incentives, and social norms we need to secure them in the future.

Reconciling Perspectives: New Report Reframes Encryption Debate

The Berklett Cybersecurity Project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is pleased to announce the publication of a new report entitled “Don’t Panic: Making Progress on the ‘Going Dark’ Debate.” The report examines the high-profile debate around government access to encryption, and offers a new perspective gleaned from the discussion, debate, and analyses of an exceptional and diverse group of security and policy experts from academia, civil society, the private sector, and the U.S. intelligence community.