Berkman Klein Center announces 2018-2019 community

Last month, the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University announced the incoming and returning fellows, faculty associates, and affiliates who together will form the core of the Center’s networked community in the 2018-2019 academic year.

The community contributes to the Center’s mission of addressing issues at the intersection of technology and society, with a focus on impact in the public interest. Members of the Center’s community pursue a wide range of research methods, networking efforts, and educational activities, as well as coding, prototyping, and building.

“We’re delighted to serve as a collaborative platform and academic home for such an exceptional and diverse group of public interest-minded thinkers and builders from so many different backgrounds,” said Berkman Klein’s Executive Director Professor Urs Gasser. “In a critical time as ours, we reaffirm our commitment to work together in a respectful and inclusive manner towards technologies and practices for the social good that benefit all people, across demographics and geographies.”

“Our fellows come from around the world, and from many disciplines — and sometimes no discipline at all,” says Berkman Klein Center faculty director Jonathan Zittrain, George Bemis Professor of International Law and Professor of Computer Science at Harvard University. “What they share is a commitment to advancing the public interest, in the ways in which they each define it, and a willingness to bring their talents and energies to bear on refining ideas, through engagement with BKC peers and others who have differing viewpoints and methodologies.”

The class of fellows will primarily work in Cambridge, Massachusetts, alongside Berkman Klein faculty, students, and staff, as a vibrant community of research and practice.

Honoring the networked ethos at the heart of the Center, faculty associates and affiliates from institutions the world over will actively participate as well. These relationships, as well as the countless fruitful engagements with alumni, partners, interns, and other colleagues, are fundamental to the Berkman Klein Center’s work and identity and serve to increase the capacity of the field and generate opportunities for lasting impact.

The Berkman Klein fellowship program aims to “create a protocol, a culture, a spirit that puts the emphasis on being open, being kind, being good listeners, being engaged, being willing to learn from one another.” We are excited to start this next year together with the following people who will continue our work as a community in this light.

For more information about new and returning fellows, faculty associates and affiliates, visit the Berkman Klein Center’s website.