Berkman Klein Center Seeks Fellow for Privacy Initiatives

Project and Fellowship Description:

Working collaboratively with faculty and senior research staff from the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, the fellow’s primary responsibilities will be to provide managerial support and substantive contributions to the Berkman Center’s research on the legal and policy dimensions of online privacy across multiple projects, with specific tasks including but not limited to:

  • working closely with faculty and senior research staff from the Berkman Klein Center to coordinate, oversee, and conduct research, written project outputs, and publications;
  • cultivating and supporting relationships between faculty and other experts in law, social science, applied mathematics, computer science, and other fields to understand legal and non-legal substantive issues, policy objectives, and regulatory mechanisms;
  • planning, communicating, and implementing privacy-related workshops and convenings;
  • managing the selection, oversight, and mentorship of student interns and research assistants; and
  • developing plans and timelines to advance project priorities, meet deadlines, and
  • providing additional project support.

This is a great opportunity for experienced legal practitioners who want to serve the public interest, transition to academic pursuits, or work in an intellectually invigorating environment.  The role is positioned to be part of the fellows community at the Berkman Klein Center. In order to most fully and efficiently carry out his or her duties, the candidate will attend workshops and conferences at the Center and at Harvard Law School, and will have frequent opportunities to expand his/her knowledge of technology and law. The community of fellows at the Center includes a wide range of people working on issues related to Internet and society, including scholars, practitioners, innovators and others committed to understanding and advancing the public interest.  The Berkman Klein Center fellowship program aims to encourage and support fellows in an inviting and rigorous intellectual environment, with community activities designed to foster inquiry and collaboration.

About the Berkman Klein Center’s Privacy-Focused Initiatives:

The Berkman Klein Center has long been home to a number of cross-disciplinary initiatives that investigate privacy and privacy-relevant questions in the digitally networked environment. We offer research, resources, workshops, and other outputs focused on key privacy issues, aiming to pinpoint novel solutions to privacy problems that reconcile technological, legal, political, economic, and behavioral tensions and maximize capacity for innovative and effective uses of data and communications.

Our most recent work in the privacy space includes the Student Privacy Initiative, the Youth and Online Privacy Initiative, and the Privacy Tools for Sharing Research Data project. Each of our efforts builds upon engagement with and outreach to diverse stakeholders for whom privacy questions are particularly relevant, including educators, policy makers, industry representatives, advocates, and other scholars. This interdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder model empowers our team to surface, identify, and analyze critical emerging questions and challenges, to support efforts to promote and preserve privacy rights, and to design and implement practical systems that allow research findings to benefit society.

Basic Qualifications:

Candidates must have a Juris Doctor or an equivalent law degree and 1-3 years of experience in legal practice or academia working with Internet and privacy law matters.

Additional Qualifications:

Candidates should be energetic and passionate about working on privacy and cyberlaw issues.  Top academic credentials, superior writing and verbal skills, sound judgment, exceptional ethical standards, and proven abilities in interpersonal communication, supervision, and team building are required.

Demonstrable knowledge, including a degree or practical experience, of data privacy and security issues in fields such as applied mathematics, cryptography, or computer science is preferred.  

Candidates should also possess a strong familiarity with privacy-related statutes, regulations, legislative activity, and policy as well as practice experience with transactions involving data privacy.  Previous experience in a clinical legal setting or the direct supervision and mentoring of young attorneys is advantageous.

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