Creative workshop encourages hands-on experience to create questions about time

by Grace McFadden

The philosophy of time can be introduced quite simply, according to Harvard Physicist Jacob Barandes: all it takes is a stack of pancakes.

Barandes was a guest speaker at “The Mysteries of Time in Physics and Philosophy,” the second in the Creative Workshop series that metaLAB is…


Rory Torres shares her experience as part of Berkman Klein’s latest global research sprint

In an increasingly digital world, our experiences online are shaped by data gathered and wielded to tailor experiences. But what control do users have over that data, where it goes, and how it is used?

Questions of control over personal data were a cross-cutting theme throughout a Research Sprint co-hosted…


Berkman Klein Center event explores how technology factors into pandemic response

A zoom call with Kendra Albert, Tanya Cooper, Roslyn Satchel, and Thema Bryant-Davis

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended myriad aspects of everyday life, from education to the economy to interpersonal relationships. For victims and survivors of intimate partner violence, the many struggles of escaping or finding support are particularly exacerbated by the pandemic. …


Berkman Klein event explores the early years of online platforms, the state of current platforms, and the future

Blue collage of social media app icons

“Today’s platforms were inspired by the many that preceded them, but along the way, we started to go astray. How can we make sense of where we are today? What can we understand about the decisions that were made and the structures we had in place? …


Q&A explores threat actors, early detection, and content moderation

Oumou Ly and Lisa Kaplan on a zoom call

From 2016 to 2020, research, civil society organizing efforts, industry planning, and national security responses to disinformation centered on the issue from the perspective that malign influence was propagated almost exclusively by foreign adversaries. …


BKC affiliate drafted Ethical Framework for Artificial Intelligence in Colombia

Armando Guio Español in discussion

Increasingly, the public and private sectors alike are working on guidance and principles for artificial intelligence (AI) development, deployment, and regulation. The Colombian government, for example, recently published a draft AI ethics framework, “Ethical Framework for Artificial Intelligence in Colombia.” …


Q&A covers election misinformation, content moderation, and COVID-19

Oumou Ly and Joan Donovan

The 2020 US election was marked by misinformation and bad actors stemming from domestic sources.

In this episode of The Breakdown, Oumou Ly, an Assembly staff fellow at the Berkman Klein Center is joined by Joan Donovan, the director of The Technology and Social Change Project (TaSC) at Harvard Kennedy…


Illustration of young people using virtual reality headsets to cook in kitchen, explore outer space, and explore the ocean

The Potential of Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality Experiences for Remote Teaching and Learning

By Melyssa Eigen, Sandra Cortesi, & Alexa Hasse
In collaboration with Pedro Maddens Toscano, Maya Malik, Leah Plunkett, & Urs Gasser (PI). Illustrations and animations by Euan Brown, Rebecca Smith, Melanie Tan, & Claudia Thomas

Due to the global pandemic, the past several months have been a whirlwind of changing…


Election interference and platform interventions in the lead-up to November 3

Oumou Ly and Naima Green-Riley

Concerns about election interference and disinformation are rampant in the weeks before the U.S. presidential election on November 3. In this episode of The Breakdown, Assembly Staff Fellow Oumou Ly interviews Naima Green-Riley, a PhD candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard University.

Ly and Green-Riley review recent foreign…


Book covers for “The Connected Parent” and Pandemie als Verbundkrise und digitales Phaenomen

The precariousness of the early days of the pandemic turned parents into educators and scholars scrambling to make sense of the historic challenges faced by our societies and the institutions governing them.

Urs Gasser, the Executive Director of the Berkman Klein Center (BKC) and Professor of Practice at Harvard Law…

Berkman Klein Center

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University was founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development.

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