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.

Location: All events are open to the public and are held at the Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, 2nd Floor, Cambridge, MA, unless otherwise noted (directions).

RSVP: For events requiring an RSVP, please use the RSVP form embedded within individual event pages. Contact Carey Andersen at for general inquiries. Our events benefit from a broad and diverse mix of participants, which often consists of core members of the Berkman community, in addition to new faces and those who want to learn more or get involved. Luncheon talks in particular are almost always oversubscribed, and although we must sometimes restrict attendance due to capacity constraints, we welcome and encourage participation online via our webcasts and social tools.

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Our upcoming events are listed below in chronological order, with one or more featured items appearing at the top of the list.

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.

Oct 30 2014 3:30pm to Oct 30 2014 5:30pm

Authorship in the Digital World: How to Make It Thrive

An Authors Alliance event

In order for authors to navigate these turbulent waters, they need to be strategic in their partnerships and careful in contracting. Copyright is supposed to help even authors with no legal expertise, but how good a job does it do? Could some changes in that law help authors reach readers more effectively? Looking beyond the law, what steps can authors take now to realize the full impact of their writings?

Oct 29 2014 6:00pm to Oct 29 2014 6:00pm

The Coming Swarm

Author Molly Sauter in discussion with Laurie Penny

In her new book, The Coming Swarm: DDoS, Hacktivism, and Civil Disobedience on the Internet, Molly Sauter examines the history, development, theory, and practice of distributed denial of service actions as a tactic of political activism.

Oct 28 2014 12:00pm to Oct 28 2014 12:00pm

The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data Smart Governance

With Susan Crawford and other special guests

Harvard Law School Visiting Professor and co-director of the Berkman Center Susan Crawford joins Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor of Somerville, MA, Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Chief Information Officer for the City of Boston and Harvard Business School Professor Mitchell Weiss for a lively discussion around her new book, The Responsive City.

Oct 24 2014 5:00pm to Oct 24 2014 5:00pm

Cyberscholar Working Group

Cyberscholar Working Group at MIT

The Cyberscholar Working Group is a forum for fellows and affiliates of MIT, Yale Law School Information Society Project, Columbia University, and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University to discuss their ongoing research.

Oct 21 2014 12:30pm to Oct 21 2014 12:30pm

The Inspection House: An Impertinent Field Guide to Modern Surveillance

with authors Emily Horne & Tim Maly

Shopping malls, container ports, terrorist holding cells, and social networks all bristle with cameras, sensors, and trackers. But, crucially, they are also rife with resistance and prime opportunities for revolution. The Inspection House is a tour through several of these sites—from Guantánamo Bay to the Occupy Oakland camp and the authors' own mobile devices—providing a stark, vivid portrait of our contemporary surveillance state and its opponents.

Oct 10 2014 2:00pm to Oct 10 2014 2:00pm

National Security and Cyberthreats

A Conversation with John Carlin, Assistant Attorney General for National Security

Join Assistant Attorney General for National Security HLS alumnus and Heyman Fellow John Carlin, together with moderator Jonathan Zittrain, for a conversation about significant national security cyber issues and the tools available in the United States to address them. Mr. Carlin will share his expertise and field questions from the audience.