Building the Field
Build expertise, interest, and networks for students and professionals to work in the social media field in the public interest, broadly defined. Bring in new voices who have a stake in the conversation but aren’t yet part of it. Host convenings for brainstorming and sharing solutions and ideas. (e.g. public events, workshops, student groups)
March 8, 2023
Join RSM! 2023 Summer Internship
The Institute for Rebooting Social Media will welcome this summer a small, interdisciplinary cohort of students with fresh ideas, curiosity, and creative drive. Interns will join the Institute's growing community of faculty, staff, scholars, and fellows, supporting core programming while pursuing their own projects.
February 17, 2023
Uncommon Naledge: Episode 4 | Catherine Knight Steele
On his latest podcast episode, Visiting Scholar Jabari Evans sits down with Dr. Catherine Knight Steele, Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Maryland and Director of the Black Communication & Technology Lab, to discuss digital Black feminism, resistance, and joy.
December 15, 2022
Facebook and the Problem of Truth
RSM Faculty Director Jonathan Zittrain and Jill Lepore test a fascinating idea that just might work: using high school ‘student juries’ to fact-check political ads.
December 14, 2022
Web3 Is Going Just Where?
Join Molly White of "Web3 is Going Just Great" fame and RSM Faculty Director Jonathan Zittrain for a wide-ranging fireside chat to ring in the new year. Jan 12, 2023, 12:30 PM ET. Registration required.
December 9, 2022
Can ChatGPT Make This Podcast?
RSM Affiliate Aviv Ovadya appears on Casey Newton and Kevin Roose’s “Hard Fork” podcast to discuss platform democracy proposals, which would give users real voice in the platform governance process.
December 2, 2022
Not all Superheroes Wear Capes: Identity Triggers the Trolls
Detailing the strategies used to spread online hate and abuse, RSM Assembly Fellow Kesa White argues that platforms must be attentive to the instrumental role of masked rhetoric and memes.
December 1, 2022
From Emergency to Prevention:
Protecting Journalists from Online Abuse
How can online technologies evolve to provide better safeguards to journalists? PEN America and RSM hosted an interdisciplinary workshop with reporters, academics, civil society experts, and platform representatives to brainstorm solutions.
November 16, 2022
Call for 2023-2024 RSM Visiting Scholars
The Institute for Rebooting Social Media (RSM) is accepting applications from outstanding faculty members committed to improving the current state of social media for its 2023-2024 cohort of Visiting Scholars. This interdisciplinary cohort of roughly eight members will produce original research while engaging with RSM faculty, staff, scholars, fellows, students, and the broader Berkman Klein Center (BKC) and Harvard University communities.
August 17, 2022
Announcing the 2022-23 RSM Assembly Fellows
Thirteen interdisciplinary professionals who will build new interfaces, implement novel protocols, and create additional artifacts that reimagine digital social space in service of democracy and the public interest.
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.
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.
March 23, 2023
Imagining Alternative Social Media Designs
Taking inspiration from art, critical design, and media studies, this interactive workshop, facilitated by RSM Assembly Fellow Ben Grosser, will explore how everything from novel constraints to finite structures can help us break out of the profit-driven engagement-obsessed platform world we currently inhabit. 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.
February 21, 2023
Gonzalez v. Google Live Analysis
Our panel of internet law experts react to the Supreme Court oral arguments in Gonzalez v. Google. Featuring:
Mary Anne Franks
Moderated by Kate Klonick
April 21, 2022
Private Consciences and Public Companies: Whether and How to Work within Big Tech
Join us for an in-person panel discussion exploring the opportunities, challenges, and ethical considerations one may face when working in Big Tech.
December 16, 2021
The Technology Future We Want: Imagining Positive Futures for Social Media
This creative workshop will bring together a wide range of participants to consider the opportunities and risks of online communication, imagine the futures we want, and acknowledge the difficulty (and importance) of such explorations.