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  • Berkman Klein 2017-2018 community

    Berkman Klein Center announces 2017–2018 community

    July 13, 2017

    The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University today announced the incoming and returning fellows, faculty associates, affiliates, and directors who together will form the core of the Center’s networked community in the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • Girl speaking with shapes illustration

    Faculty Books in Brief—Spring 2017

    May 18, 2017

    The concept of speech is typically defined as the communication of thoughts in spoken words. Yet the authors note that First Amendment protection of speech is far broader, covering nonrepresentational art, instrumental music, and even nonsense—individual topics that Tushnet, Chen, and Blocher focus on (in that order) in the book.

  • Ellora Thadaney Israni

    Ellora Thadaney Israni named 2017 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow

    April 21, 2017

    Ellora Thadaney Israni ’19 was among 30 recipients selected to receive the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, the premier graduate school fellowship for immigrants and children of immigrants.

  • From analysis to (phone) application

    April 19, 2017

    When David Webb ’17 was approached with the opportunity to become a part-owner of Hiatus—an app that can scan users’ accounts to uncover auto-renewing charges that they may be unaware of—lessons from classes such as Consumer Contracts and Law, Economics, and Psychology, taught by Harvard Law Professor Oren Bar-Gill, immediately sprang to mind.

  • Okediji

    Leading IP scholar Ruth Okediji joins Harvard Law faculty

    March 30, 2017

    Ruth Okediji, a leading scholar in international intellectual property law and global economic regulation, will join the faculty of Harvard Law School as a tenured professor in July.

  • Jonathan Zittrain and students

    HLS and MIT Media Lab launch innovative course on law and regulation in the digital world

    February 22, 2017

    For the first time, Harvard Law School and the MIT Media Lab have collaborated to host an innovative January-term course, “Internet & Society: The Technologies and Politics of Control,” dedicated to understanding the legal and technical dynamics of the digital world.

  • Talk flyer

    Diversity in the 1L curriculum explored in spring seminar and lecture series

    February 7, 2017

    During this year’s spring semester, Mark Tushnet, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, is teaching a novel seminar called “Diversity and Social Justice in First Year Classes.” It combines classroom teaching with an eight-part public lecture series examining how issues of diversity and social justice can be integrated into the core 1L classes.

  • Fashion Law Lab course instructors

    A custom-tailored course

    January 25, 2017

    Co-taught by HLS Professor Jeannie Suk Gersen and Nana Sarian, general counsel of Stella McCartney, “Fashion Law Lab,” a nine-day course offered at Harvard Law School during the January term, gave students the opportunity to role-play simulations of scenarios faced by general counsel working in the fashion industry.

  • Jonathan Zittrain

    Zittrain appointed to National Museum and Library Services Board

    January 18, 2017

    On Jan. 5 President Barack Obama ’91 announced several key administration posts, including Jonathan Zittrain ’95 as appointee for member of the National Museum and Library Services Board (NMLSB).

  • Berkman Klein Center and MIT Media Lab to collaborate on the ethics and governance of artificial intelligence

    January 11, 2017

    The Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund will support interdisciplinary research to ensure that AI develops in a way that is ethical, accountable, and advances the public interest.

  • Rebecca Tushnet

    Rebecca Tushnet joins Harvard Law faculty as Professor of First Amendment Law

    November 14, 2016

    Rebecca Tushnet, a leading First Amendment scholar, will join the faculty of Harvard Law School as the inaugural Frank Stanton Professor of First Amendment Law.

  • Photo collage of head shots of fellows

    Berkman Klein Center announces 2016-2017 community

    August 11, 2016

    A number of new fellows, faculty associates, and affiliates will join the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University for the 2016-2017 academic year.

  • HLS faculty maintain top position in SSRN citation rankings

    Brown-Nagin, Zittrain elected members of American Law Institute

    July 28, 2016

    HLS Professors Tomiko Brown-Nagin and Jonathan Zittrain ’95 have been elected members of the American Law Institute--the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law.

  • Students host mini-symposium on data privacy

    Students host mini-symposium on data privacy

    May 2, 2016

    On April 12, students in Professor of Practice Urs Gasser’s Spring 2016 Comparative Online Privacy Seminar at Harvard Law School hosted a student-led mini-symposium on data privacy in the U.S. and the EU with experts from private companies, law firms, and academia.

  • Reconciling perspectives: New report reframes encryption debate

    February 3, 2016

    A new report by The Berklett Cybersecurity Project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University,“Don’t Panic: Making Progress on the ‘Going Dark’ Debate,” examines the high-profile debate around government access to encryption, and offers a new perspective.

  • Yochai Benkler outside courthouse in the fall

    Yochai Benkler on whistleblowers, the news ecosystem and self-organizing in the commons

    November 17, 2015

    Yochai Benkler, who has written extensively on the “networked public sphere,” including his influential book “The Wealth of Networks,” recently spoke about his proposal for a defense of whistleblowers, his testimony in a trial of a well-known leaker of military documents, and a problem he calls a growing crisis in the country.

  • Intisar A. Rabb headshot

    MacArthur Foundation awards $425,000 to SHARIAsource project led by Intisar Rabb

    October 22, 2015

    The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded $425,000 over two years for the development of SHARIAsource—an online Islamic law resource founded and directed by Harvard Law School Professor Intisar Rabb.

  • Edith Ramirez

    The Power of the Outsider

    October 5, 2015

    As head of the primary govern­ment agency tasked with protecting the rights of consumers, Edith Ramirez has focused much of her efforts on digital privacy.

  • The state of the podcast: An earlier internet technology roars back to prominence

    October 5, 2015

    When students walk across Harvard Yard with earbuds in, they could be listening to music or talking on the phone. But nowadays, there’s a good chance they’re listening to a podcast. What listeners may not know is that podcasts started right here at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society in 2003.

  • Jonathan Zittrain

    When forgetting isn’t best: Zittrain discusses the ‘Right to be Forgotten’

    August 31, 2015

    At a talk hosted by the Berkman Center in August, Jonathan Zittrain and members of the ACLU discussed problems raised by the 2014 European Court of Justice ruling – which gave EU citizens the 'Right to be Forgotten' by Google – and laid out potential alternatives.

  • Pie chart showing Revenues by Sector: streams income 23%, downloads 53%, mobile 3%, add supported 9%, other 12%

    From Radio Berkman: Pay the Musician

    August 17, 2015

    The latest episode of the Radio Berkman podcast looks into the payment structure of streaming music services in light of the release of a Rethink Music Initiative report on "Transparency and Money Flows in the Music Industry".