Berkman represents a network of faculty, fellows, students, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and virtual architects working to identify and engage with the challenges and opportunities of cyberspace.

Olivier Alais

Olivier is a senior Information and Communications Technology (ICT) specialist. He has been working on numerous public programs and he has a deep interest in supporting government transparency and efficiency through the design and implementation of ICT policies.

Virgilio Almeida

Professor of Computer Science at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. His research interests include performance evaluation and modeling large scale distributed systems.

Griffin Boyce

Griffin Boyce works on a variety of anti-censorship projects, including Satori, a tamper-resistant distribution project for circumvention tools, and Cupcake Bridge, a Chrome add-on that allows web browsers to expand access to the Tor network. He is a Fellow with X-Lab and a Senior Censorship Researcher for the Open Internet Tools Project.

Maria Paz Canales

Maria Paz Canales is a Chilean antitrust lawyer and UC Berkeley Master of Laws with a Certificate of Specialization in Law & Technology. She will research and analyze the design of regulations and technologies that break traditional cultural industries online and create new markets and models in which creators and users may exercise digital freedoms.

Charlie Ruth Castro

Charlie Ruth Castro is an Entrepreneur, Speaker, and Colombian Lawyer with experience in digital communities supporting entrepreneurship in Latin America. She studies the causes and effects of material inequality in digital education for children, and the gender gap in science, technology and innovation in her region.

Rebecca Richman Cohen

Rebecca has been a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School since 2011. She is an Emmy Award nominated documentary filmmaker with experience in international human rights, criminal defense, and drug policy reform. As a fellow at the Berkman Center, she will hone pedagogical approaches to train aspiring public interest lawyers to integrate visual media effectively in their legal practice.

Sandra Cortesi

Fellow at the Berkman Center / Director of Youth and Media

Sandra Cortesi is a Fellow at the Berkman Center and the Director of Youth and Media ( She is responsible for coordinating the Youth and Media’s policy, research, and educational initiatives.


Jack Cushman

Jack Cushman is an attorney, programmer, and digital artist from Somerville, Massachusetts. As a fellow he is working primarily on, building a distributed network for digital preservation at university libraries.

Kate Darling

Kate Darling is a Research Specialist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab. After surviving law school, she went on to pursue her passion for innovation policy at the intersection of technology, law, and society.

Shannon Dosemagen

A founder of Public Lab, Shannon is based in New Orleans and Cambridge (MA) as President and Executive Director of the non-profit. While at Berkman, Shannon will be thinking through issues of trust, legitimacy, security, verification and the use of community-collected data for the purpose of influencing policy around the environment and public health.

Shahira H. Fahmy

Shahira Fahmy is the founder of Shahira Fahmy Architects – Cairo and is a Berkman fellow and a 2015-2016 Hutchins Fellow with the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research. She will develop a project called ‘Subcontracting Architecture’ to examine architecture as both an agent and a sensor; a threat to citizens' rights, transparency, and democracy in a society; and an evidence to call upon for legal and political implications of state violence.

Mary Gray

Mary is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research. She maintains a tenured appointment as Associate Professor in the Media School, with adjunct positions in American Studies, Anthropology, and Gender Studies at Indiana University.

Nicola Greco

Nicola Greco is a Ph.D. student in the Decentralized Information Group at MIT. He will write and advance research on ways to re-decentralize the web, focusing on technical, political, and social aspects of decentralized systems.

Jason Griffey

Jason Griffey is the founder and principal at Evenly Distributed, a technology consulting and creation firm for libraries, museums, education, and other non-profits. Jason is a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where he studies hyperlocal micronetworks such as his LibraryBox project.

Eldar Haber

Eldar's main research interests are: Cyber law; Intellectual property (focusing mainly on Copyright law); Information technology; Privacy; and Criminal law. As a Berkman Fellow, Eldar intends to explore the various ramifications of the so-called “right to be forgotten,” and examine whether such “civil rehabilitation right” could coexist with free speech and freedom of information and whether it is desirable for society.

Paulina Haduong

Paulina Haduong is a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, exploring the intersections of youth, education, and technology. With Professor Urs Gasser, Paulina is currently working on Cyberlearning, the Digital Problem Solving Initiative, the Student Privacy Initiative, and Youth and Media.

Samer Hassan

Samer Hassan is an activist and researcher, currently Assistant Professor at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). As a Berkman Fellow, he will focus on interdisciplinary research around distributed systems (e.g. blockchain) that may facilitate the sustainability of Commons-based peer production communities and their contributors.

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Felipe Heusser

Felipe Heusser is a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, but also an activist, researcher, and social entrepreneur. He is broadly interested in the intersection of civics and technology, exploring topics such as freedom of information, civic media, and open government.

Dariusz Jemielniak

Dariusz Jemielniak is a Wikipedian, Full Professor of Management at Kozminski University, and an entrepreneur (having established the largest online dictionary in Poland,, among others).

Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson is a PhD student in MIT's HASTS program, where she studies language and technology. Her research examines online parody in English, Arabic, and Japanese as a nexus for creative play; activism and social critique; complex, individualized meaning-making; freedom of speech issues; and media-based communities.

Leyla Keser

Leyla Keser is the Director of IT Law Institute at İstanbul Bilgi University. She will analyze the economic impacts of the ‘right to be forgotten’ on Internet economy and on multistakeholder Internet governance in light of big data and data driven innovation.


Rosemary Leith

Rosemary is a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center, joining Berkman’s Internet Robustness team, building awareness and facilitating global partnerships in an effort to support a more stable and reliable Web. She is also a Director of Herdict (Berkman Center) that uses crowdsourcing to present a real-time view of Internet accessibility around the world.

William Li

William Li is a Ph.D. candidate at MIT in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). At Berkman, he will develop data science methods to find insights and patterns in large open government datasets, particularly large collections of text.

Andres Lombana

Andres Lombana-Bermudez is a researcher and designer working at the intersection of digital technology, youth, innovation, and learning. His approach is transdisciplinary and collaborative, combining ethnographic and quantitative research methods, design-based research, and media technology design.


J. Nathan Matias

Nathan Matias, a PhD student at the MIT Media Lab, designs and researches civic technologies for cooperation across diversity. At the Berkman Center, he will be applying data analysis and design to the topics of peer-based social technologies, creative learning, civic engagement, journalism, gender diversity, and creative learning.

Patrick Murck

Patrick is a lawyer and expert on bitcoin and blockchain-based technologies. He will conduct research into the law and policy implications of bitcoin, distributed ledgers and smart contracts.

Laurie Penny

Laurie Penny was born in London in 1986 and is not dead yet. She is, in no particular order, a writer, a journalist, a public speaker, an activist*, a feminist, a reprobate and a geek.


Leah Plunkett

Leah A. Plunkett is a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where she works on the Student Privacy Initiative. She is also the Director of Academic Success & Associate Professor of Legal Skills at the University of New Hampshire School of Law.


Hal Roberts

Hal Roberts is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He has been the lead researcher for Berkman Center reports on Internet surveillance, filtering circumvention, and distributed denial of service attacks against independent media.

Ricarose Roque

Ricarose Roque is a PhD student with the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. At the Berkman Center, Ricarose will investigate the role of family and community in young people’s development of computational fluency, and explore the design of creative learning environments to support broader participation in computing.

Niousha Roshani

Niousha Roshani is an anthropologist and human rights consultant specializing in childhood and youth in conflict-affected regions. As a fellow at the Berkman Center, she will investigate the discourse of media and young people of African descent in Colombia and Brazil from a political, social, and economic perspective.


Andy Sellars

Andy Sellars is the Berkman Center's Corydon B. Dunham First Amendment Fellow and the Assistant Director of the Digital Media Law Project.

Brittany Seymour

Brittany Seymour is an Assistant Professor of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine with a research focus in interdisciplinary collaborations for health through innovative information dissemination and curriculum development. As a Berkman Fellow this year, she will explore online health information/misinformation and patient behaviors in the context of networked media theory and social network analysis.

Lana Swartz

I am a post-doctoral researcher at Microsoft Research New England and a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Most of my research is about money and other communication technologies.

Fungai Tichawangana

Fungai is the founding editor of Zimbabwe's leading lifestyle, arts and culture website, Zimbo Jam. As a web-developer cum journalist, he is infinitely interested in the intersection of these two fields and in how the Internet can better serve journalism. During his year as a Nieman-Berkman Fellow, Fungai will study the effective design and deployment of online news platforms that work across various mobile and desktop devices. He will also look at security for such platforms.

Effy Vayena

Effy Vayena is a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Professor of Health Policy and leads the newly-established Health Ethics and Policy Lab in the Department of Public Health at the EBPI, University of Zurich.. Her current research focus is on ethical and policy questions in personalized medicine and digital health.


Rebecca Weiss

Rebecca Weiss is a PhD candidate at Stanford University. She is primarily interested in how the news affects the political and economic attitudes, opinions, and knowledge of the consuming public.