Grantee Profile

Harvard Law School Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Grants to Harvard Law School Berkman Center for Internet and Society

  • $600,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 3 years)

    Human Rights

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — The Berkman Center for Internet & Society is a university-wide center housed at Harvard University studying the intersections oflaw, policy, technology, and practice. With over 100 faculty, fellows, and staff, plus a much larger number of students and affiliates, the Center's global community works collaboratively on diverse issues at the nexus of new technology and media, including governance, innovation, privacy, youth, freedom of expression, and civic engagement. The award supports an applied research agenda to inform and shape policy development for governments and technology companies related to privacy, transparency, innovation, and security. The three areas of engagement include: 1) reducing privacy and security risks raised by private sector and government data sharing; 2) improving transparency and accountability associated with data acquisition and use by private companies; and 3) addressing harmful speech online.

  • $70,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Duration 1 year, 6 months)

    Human Rights

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — A range of open source software projects make important contributions to advancing free speech, innovation, and security on the Internet and related technologies. Yet, significant challenges can emerge as these projects mature, including, but not limited to, establishing their governance structures, dictating the terms of their relationships with the community of code contributors, and selecting and securing an appropriate tax status for the project. Currently, there are few resources that provide dispassionate, evidence-based analysis to address these challenges. The grant will support the Cyberlaw Clinic at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society to help resolve this through the creation of a digital guide for open source projects that focuses on navigating key governance and legal issues. The guide will be based on rigorous legal research and in-depth case studies that document and analyze the challenges open source projects have confronted within the legal and governance domains. Because the space is dynamic and evolving, the digital guide is envisioned to be a living document that will evolve over time. Grant money will support a portion of relevant staff salaries, a workshop bringing together leading open source coders, and travel related to launching the guide at a major conference that would attract open source software contributors.

  • $400,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    Human Rights

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University studies the relationship between Internet technologies and democratic values. The grant supports Internet Monitor, a web-based, freely available Internet fact base that gives users independent, quantitative data on the state of global Internet health. In addition, the grant is funding comparative case studies that explore the linkages and gaps between empirical data and policymaking that impact the Internet. Finally, the grant supports the build-out of a global network of Internet and society centers engaging in collaborative, empirical, and policy-relevant research about the Internet and related technologies.

  • $75,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Human Rights

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — The grant will support the inaugural conference of a global network of likeminded internet and society centers to be held in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Hosted by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, the conference seeks to identify modes and methods for collaboration and explore possible joint research projects.

  • $500,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    Digital Media & Learning

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society will use this grant to establish a national effort, grounded in research and evaluation, to address bullying, meanness, and cruelty in a networked society. It will evaluate the programs and curricula that address bullying, harassment, and relational aggression; develop new programs and activities to address gaps identified; establish education programs for teachers, mentors, and youth programs; and develop an online youth outreach program. The project will be conducted in collaboration with New York University's Department of Media, Culture, and Communication and the Born This Way Foundation-a new foundation created by Grammy award-winning performer, Lady Gaga.

  • $600,000

    2010 (Inactive Grant)

    Policy

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — To support the Open Net Initiative (over three years).

  • $170,000Active Strategy

    2009 (Inactive Grant)

    Digital Media & Learning

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — In support of research and analysis on the framework for a National Broadband Plan.

  • $450,000Active Strategy

    2009 (Inactive Grant)

    Digital Media & Learning

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — To develop a youth media policy working group.

  • $960,000

    2009 (Inactive Grant)

    Technology

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — To study the impact of the internet on Russia (over two years).

  • $210,000Active Strategy

    2007 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — In support of a conference and research on citizen journalism.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Harvard Law School Berkman Center for Internet and Society $4,035,000 between 1983 and 2015.

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