Exploring cyberspace, sharing in its study, & helping to pioneer its development

Exploring cyberspace, sharing in its study, and helping pioneer its development.

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University was founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development. We represent a network of faculty, students, fellows, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and virtual architects working to identify and engage with the challenges and opportunities of cyberspace.

We investigate the real and possible boundaries in cyberspace between open and closed systems of code, of commerce, of governance, and of education, and the relationship of law to each. We do this through active rather than passive research, believing that the best way to understand cyberspace is to actually build out into it.

Our faculty, fellows, students, and affiliates engage with a wide spectrum of Net issues, including governance, privacy, intellectual property, antitrust, content control, and electronic commerce. Our diverse research interests cohere in a common understanding of the Internet as a social and political space where constraints upon inhabitants are determined not only through the traditional application of law, but, more subtly, through technical architecture ("code").

As part of our active research mission, we build, use, and freely share open software platforms for free online lectures and discussions. We also sponsor gatherings, ranging from informal lunches to international conferences, that bring together members of our diverse network of participants to swap insights – and sometimes barbs – as they stake out their respective visions for what the Net can become. We also teach, seeking out online and global opportunities, as well as supporting the traditional Harvard Law School curriculum, often in conjunction with other Harvard schools and MIT.

Read more about the Berkman Klein Center at our homepage.

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  • meteor.js
  • elasticsearch
  • python
  • java


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  • web
  • research
  • education
  • internet freedom
  • internet censorship
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Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society 2019 Projects

  • Atul Nair
    Ayanda is an Open Source Android Library that makes it easy to discover nearby devices and share files through a simple API. Ayanda is meant to...
  • Sanket Singh
    Proposal For Berkman Klein Center For Internet And Society - Question Tool
    The current state of Question Tool client side app is in functional state, but there are both, a large number of issue remaining, and an equally...
  • Shubham Sangamnerkar
    Proposal for Integration of perma.cc with Lumendatabase
    Perma.cc is created with a aim to tackle the increasing incidences of link rot. It does so by archiving copies of the linked resources and providing...