November 21, 2023
Call for 2024-2025 RSM Visiting Scholars
The Institute for Rebooting Social Media (RSM) welcomes applications for its 2024-2025 cohort of Visiting Scholars. This interdisciplinary cohort will undertake original projects while engaging with RSM faculty, staff, scholars, fellows, students, and the broader Berkman Klein Center (BKC) and Harvard University communities and projects.
November 13, 2023
RSM Hosts Oversight Board Members for Discussion on Content Governance
The event included a day of closed-door working sessions with experts from across the tech field as well as a day of public-facing programming.
October 24, 2023
Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig on why AI and social media are causing a free speech crisis for the internet
Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig joins the Decoder podcast to introduce the Applied Social Media Lab and share his thoughts on how to regulate social media while balancing free speech and protecting democracy.
October 11, 2023
Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and Non-Profit Project Liberty Announce Launch of New BKC Lab
Project Liberty and The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University announced today that Frank McCourt and the 501(c)(3) non-profit Project Liberty will support the launch of BKC’s Applied Social Media Lab (ASML) – a first-of-its-kind program to assess and build social media technology in the public interest.
October 5, 2023
Centering Community Voices: How Tech Companies Can Better Engage with Civil Society Organizations
Employee Fellow Nadah Feteih and alum Elodie Vialle co-author this article on Tech Policy Press urging platforms to collaborate more closely with marginalized communities in order to effectively address online harms.
October 3, 2023
Great news — social media is falling apart
Institute Director Rebecca Rinkevich is quoted in this Business Insider article on the increasingly fragmented social media landscape, and predicts that governments will have to work a lot harder to make connections and engage with the public online.
September 27, 2023
RSM Fall Speaker Series
This fall, we're welcoming an exciting group of authors, social scientists, industry practitioners, legal academics, and computer scientists for a weekly speaker series on social media topics.
September 22, 2023
How the Supreme Court could alter the way Americans interact on the internet
"Suddenly, the communications between the federal government and also state governments and internet platforms are being tested to see whether or not they are coercive." Visiting Scholar Anupam Chander is quoted in USA Today on how the next SCOTUS term could impact the government's regulatory power over platforms and how officials engage with the public online.
September 21, 2023
Toward Safer Intimate Futures: Recommendations for Tech Platforms to Reduce Image Based Sexual Abuse
'22-'23 Visiting Scholar Elissa Redmiles co-authors this report outlining how platforms can mitigate the risk of image-based sexual abuse when consenting adults share intimate images.
September 8, 2023
Effects of Negativity Type and Active Involvement on the Likelihood of Responding to Negativity in Stream Live Chats
Visiting Scholar Jeffrey Hall co-authors this article on how the level of engagement in live chats during video game streams may influence how participants respond to negative comments and behavior.
December 13, 2023
The Future of Social Media Research (RSM Speaker Series)
The Institute for Rebooting Social Media welcomes Ethan Zuckerman for a conversation with Faculty Director James Mickens on the future of social media research and third-party social media tools
December 6, 2023
The U.S. 2020 Facebook & Instagram Election Study: understanding social media’s political effects (RSM Speaker Series)
The Institute for Rebooting Social Media welcomes Natalie Stroud and Joshua Tucker for a discussion on the U.S. 2020 Facebook & Instagram Election Study's findings and the process that generated them.
November 29, 2023
Platforms, Privacy, and Power: Why Intimate Privacy Protections Matter (RSM Speaker Series)
The Institute for Rebooting Social welcomes Jon Penney and Alexis Shore for a discussion of their research on platform intimate privacy protections.
November 15, 2023
Malcolm Harris, Palo Alto (RSM Speaker Series)
The Institute for Rebooting Social Media welcomes Malcolm Harris and Erik Baker for a discussion of Palo Alto: A History of California, Capitalism, and the World, Harris’s national bestseller.
June 26, 2023
Governance in Online Speech Leadership Series
Interdisciplinary professionals committed to careers in online governance, content moderation, integrity, and trust and safety, will join together for three days of educational workshops and networking, hosted by Visiting Scholar Kate Klonick.
May 22, 2023
A Convivial Social Media?
Organized by RSM Visiting Scholar Joanne Armitage, this event will examine the future of social media through the lens of conviviality. The discussion between participating scholars, researchers, and artists will be followed by a workshop where audience members can explore the possibilities of convivial social media. RSVP is encouraged.
April 13, 2023
Unwired: Gaining Control over Addictive Technologies
Join us on April 13th as Professor Gaia Bernstein discusses her new book, Unwired: Gaining Control Over Addictive Technologies. RSVP required.
March 28, 2023
The Challenge of Next-Generation AI
Join us on March 28th as Dr. W. Russell Neuman discusses his new book, Evolutionary Intelligence: How Technology Will Make Us Smarter. Moderated by Visiting Scholar Yong Jin Park. RSVP required.
February 28, 2023
The Propagandists’ Playbook
Join us on February 28th as Dr. Francesca Tripodi discusses her new book, The Propagandists' Playbook: How Conservative Elites Manipulate Search and Threaten Democracy. RSVP encouraged.
May 17, 2022
The Tower and the Park: Structural Misalignments of Social Media
Join us for a special Berkman Klein Center Luncheon featuring RSM Strategy Advisor, Joanne Cheung, who will discuss her research and open access article, “Real Estate Politik: Democracy and the Financialization of Social Networks.”