Author Archives: Christopher Bavitz

MA SJC Ruling on Bail Instructive Re: Algorithms and Criminal Justice

One track of the Berkman Klein Center’s work on artificial intelligence ethics and governance concerns the use of algorithms, machine learning, and related technologies in ways that impact social and criminal justice. Among other things, this research examines technologies employed by courts in their disposition of … Continue reading

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Kenyan Court Knocks Down Criminal Defamation, Safeguards Freedom of Expression

Efforts to create more space for free expression in Africa have been strengthened by the Kenyan Judiciary. In the case of Jacqueline Okuta & Anor vs. AG & Others, the High Court of Kenya on 6 of February 2017 annulled … Continue reading

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The European Court of Human Rights and Access to Information: Clarifying the Status, with Room for Improvement

On 8 November 2016, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights handed down a much-anticipated judgment on the right of access to information. While the Court was clearer and firmer than it had ever been before on … Continue reading

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Rideout v. Gardner: Report from the First Circuit

Last week, the First Circuit heard oral argument in Rideout v. Gardner. The case concerns the constitutionality of a New Hampshire statute — N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 659:35 (as amended in 2014) — which prohibits voters from sharing photos of … Continue reading

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MA Anti-SLAPP Law Applied in the Context of Trademark Challenge

Rebecca Tushnet wrote a nice summary of the decision of the United States District for the District of Massachusetts in Shire City Herbals, Inc. v. Blue, Case No. 3:15-cv-30069-MGM (D. Mass. May 12, 2016).  No need to restate the facts or … Continue reading

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Susan Crawford Talks Responsive Cities at the Tow Center

I attended a fantastic event last week, hosted by the Clinic’s good friend (and soon-to-be colleague) Susan Crawford at Columbia University‘s Tow Center For Digital Journalism. The event followed a series of workshops that Susan hosted at the Tow Center, with generous support … Continue reading

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Interdisciplinarity and Impact at the Berkman Center

I wrote a guest post over at the HLS Admissions Office blog, highlighting just some of the great programs and initiatives going on at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Separate and apart from the Cyberlaw Clinic (which is based at … Continue reading

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Berkman Center and Cyberlaw Clinic to Support MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative

We at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society — and, in particular, here at the Cyberlaw Clinic — are thrilled to share today’s announcement from our friends and frequent collaborators at the MIT Media Lab of the Lab’s new Digital … Continue reading

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