Through discussions, lectures, conferences, and other gatherings, the Berkman Center convenes diverse groups around a wide range of topics related to the Internet as a social and political space. The unique interactions generated through these events - both as process and product - are fundamental elements of the Berkman Center's modus operandi. We encourage you to join us at the events listed below to learn, engage, and connect with our community.

Mar 25 2015 6:00pm to Mar 25 2015 6:00pm

Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World

With Berkman Fellow, Bruce Schneier. Moderated by Jonathan Zittrain with special guests, Yochai Benkler, Joe Nye, Sara Watson and Melissa Hathaway.

In Data and Goliath, security expert Bruce Schneier offers another path, one that values both security and privacy. He shows us exactly what we can do to reform our government surveillance programs and shake up surveillance-based business models, while also providing tips for you to protect your privacy every day.

Mar 24 2015 12:00pm to Mar 24 2015 12:00pm

Berkman Luncheon Series

America's Complicated Relationship with Civic Duty: Understanding Everyday Americans at the Core of Civic Innovation

with Berkman Fellow, Kate Krontiris. Kate will be joined by research colleagues John Webb (Google) and Charlotte Krontiris. Eric Gordon will be moderating the discussion.

The research includes a joint qualitative and quantitative study for understanding “Interested Bystanders,” or that portion of the population that is paying attention to the world around them, but not regularly voicing their opinions or taking action.

Mar 13 2015 12:00pm to Mar 13 2015 12:00pm

More Science Behind Shaping Behaviors in Online Games

We’ll start by using social network analysis to map out how player behavior (both positive and negative) spreads in League of Legends, an online game with over 67 million players a month. By combining the latest research techniques from social and cognitive psychology with machine learning and game design, you can reduce online negative behaviors by multiple factors, reset and re-create online cultural norms and create an online future that users and players can be proud of. Critically, these systems are all driven directly by feedback and contributions from the users and players of League of Legends.

Feb 17 2015 12:00pm to Feb 17 2015 12:00pm

Berkman Luncheon Series

#StopEbola: What Nigeria did right

with Berkman Affiliate, Aimee Corrigan

On July 20, 2014 the Ebola outbreak landed in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country. Public health officials warned that an outbreak could be catastrophic in Lagos, a densely populated city of 21 million. 19 confirmed cases left 11 dead from the disease, but Nigeria’s nightmare scenario never occurred. Within three months, the World Health Organization declared Nigeria Ebola-free, deeming the nation's efforts to contain the disease a "spectacular success story”. What can we learn from Nigeria? And how can these strategies be utilized in public health challenges in Africa and beyond?

Feb 3 2015 12:00pm to Feb 3 2015 12:00pm

Berkman Luncheon Series

Development in the Digital Age: The role of online platforms & payments in enabling entrepreneurship in emerging markets

featuring Usman Ahmed (ebay), Jake Colvin (Global Innovation Forum), and Althea Erickson (Etsy)

Join representatives from the Global Innovation Forum, eBay and Etsy to explore the opportunities for economic development that the Internet unlocks, and the specific challenges that global entrepreneurs and micromultinationals in developing countries face. This event will be webcast live at 12PM ET.

Jan 28 2015 8:00am to Jan 28 2015 8:00am

FinTech and Entrepreneurship:

Exploring the role of innovative financial services in advancing global entrepreneurship & development (Washington, DC)

FinTech and Entrepreneurship: Exploring the role of innovative financial services in advancing global entrepreneurship & development

Dec 2 2014 12:30pm to Dec 2 2014 12:30pm

Berkman Luncheon Series

The Eureka Myth: Creators, Innovators and Everyday Intellectual Property

Jessica Silbey, Suffolk University Law School

We think we know how IP works -- we talk about the "incentive" of intellectual property all the time. But what do actual artists, scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs say IP does for them? Professor Jessica Silbey's book, The Eureka Myth, reports from the creative and innovative fields answering just this question. This event will be webcast live at 12:30PM ET.

Nov 25 2014 12:30pm to Nov 25 2014 12:30pm

Berkman Luncheon Series

Unpacking open data: power, politics and the influence of infrastructures

with Berkman Affiliate, Tim Davies

Open data has gone global, but is it creating the civic change that many anticipated? Open data in practice is about more that datasets, licenses & apps. In unpacking what open data really involves there are opportunities to re-imagine it's civic potential.

Nov 7 2014 8:30am to Nov 7 2014 2:30pm

Creativity without Law Conference

Sponsored by the Center for Law, Technology & the Arts, Arthur W. Fiske Distinguished Lecture Series and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University

This event will focus on the growing body of scholarship examining the on-the-ground practices of creators and innovators.

Nov 4 2014 12:00pm to Nov 4 2014 12:00pm

Berkman Luncheon Series

Privacy, Surveillance, and Rebuilding Trust in Tech

A Conversation with Microsoft GC Brad Smith and Professor Jonathan Zittrain

This discussion will explore the role of law in protecting our rights in the physical world online, the complementary roles of law and technology in achieving this protection, and the need for governments to come together so that companies (and customers) don’t face conflicting legal obligations.