Hyper-public will feature an interdisciplinary mix of participants and presenters, including computer scientists, ethnographers, architects, historians, artists and legal scholars to discuss how design influences privacy and public space, how it shapes and is shaped by human behavior and experience, and how it can cultivate norms such as tolerance and diversity.


  • danah boyd, Microsoft Research

    danah boyd is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, a Research Associate at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales. Her work examines everyday practices involving social media, with specific attention to youth engagement, privacy, and risky behaviors. She recently co-authored Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media. She co-directed the Youth and Media Policy Working Group, funded by the MacArthur Foundation. She blogs at and tweets at @zephoria.

  • Herbert Burkert, University of St. Gallen

    Professor Burkert teaches telecommunications law, media law, internet law and public law. He is president of the Research Center for Information Law at the University of St. Gallen. In addition, Professor Burkert is a Senior Research Fellow of the Frauenhofer Institute for Intelligent Information and Analysis Systems (St. Augustin, Germany). Prof. Burkert studied Law, Political Science and History at the University of Cologne and at University College Dublin. He had been a Volkswagenwerk Research Fellow at the University of Regensburg, Germany. He received his PhD frome the University of Frankfurt at Main and his residency from University of St.Gallen.

  • Gerhard Buurman, Zurich University of the Arts

    Gerhard M. Buurman (PhD) is a designer and researcher. Born in Hamburg he is Director of Design Research at the University of the Arts in Zurich and chair of Interaction Design since 2000. Furthermore he is Co-founder and member of the board of Swiss Design Institute for Finance and Banking which serves as a research platform for partners from the academic and business communities. Gerhard M. Buurman has a Diploma in Industrial Design from the University of Essen.

  • Beatriz Colomina, Princeton University

    Beatriz Colomina is an internationally renowned architectural historian and theorist who has written extensively on questions of architecture and media. Ms. Colomina has taught in the School of Architecture since 1988, and is the Founding Director of the Program in Media and Modernity at Princeton University, a graduate program that promotes the interdisciplinary study of forms of culture that came to prominence during the last century and looks at the interplay between culture and technology. In 2006-2007 she curated, with a group of Princeton Ph.D. students, the exhibition “Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X-197X” at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York and the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal.

  • Judith Donath, Berkman Center

    Judith Donath synthesizes knowledge from fields such as urban design, evolutionary biology and cognitive science to build innovative interfaces for on-line communities and virtual identities. A Harvard Berkman Faculty Fellow and formerly director of the Sociable Media Group at MIT Media Lab, she is known internationally for her writing on identity, interface design, and social communication. She created several of the earliest social applications for the web, including the original postcard service and the first interactive juried art show. Her work with the Sociable Media Group has been shown in museums and galleries worldwide, and was recently the subject of a major exhibition at the MIT Museum.

  • Paul Dourish, University of California, Irvine

    Paul Dourish is a computer scientist best known for his work at the intersection of computer science and social science. He is a professor at the University of California, Irvine, where he joined the faculty in 2000.

  • Urs Gasser, Berkman Center

    Dr. Urs Gasser is the Executive Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He teaches at Harvard Law School, at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) and Fudan University School of Management (China). He is a visiting professor at KEIO University (Japan) and a Fellow at the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research. Urs Gasser has written several books, is the co-author of “Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives” (Basic Books, 2008, with John Palfrey) that has been translated into 10 languages (including Chinese), and has published over 70 articles in professional journals. His research and teaching activities focus on information law and policy issues. Current projects, several of them in collaboration with leading research institutions in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, explore policy and educational challenges for young Internet users, the regulation of digital technology (currently with focus on cloud computing), ICT interoperability, information quality, the law’s impact on innovation and risk in the ICT space, and alternative governance systems. He graduated from the University of St. Gallen (J.D., S.J.D.) as well as Harvard Law School (LL.M.), and received several academic awards and prizes for his research.

  • Adam Greenfield, Urbanscale LLC

    Adam Greenfield, founder and managing director of NYC-based Urbanscale LLC, is author of Everyware: The dawning age of ubiquitous computing (2006), the forthcoming The City Is Here For You To Use and, with Mark Shepard, co-author of the inaugural Situated Technologies pamphlet Urban Computing and its Discontents (2007). Adam is also an instructor at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, and was previously Nokia’s head of design direction for service and user interface. He lives and works in New York City with his wife, artist Nurri Kim.

  • Jef Huang, Berkman Center

    Jeffrey Huang is the Director of the Media x Design Laboratory at EPFL Switzerland where he is a Full Professor Full Professor in the Department of Architecture and in the Faculty of Computer and Communication Sciences. His research examines the convergence of physical and virtual environments. Recent projects include “Superstudio,” an investigation of authorship, versioning, representation issues in the digital design studio; “Organicity,” an exploration of novel, code-driven design methods; and “Cityrank,” an experiment with bottom-up/crowdsourced rankings.

  • Jeff Jarvis

    Jeff Jarvis the author of What Would Google Do? and the upcoming Private Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves How We Work and Live. He directs the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. Jarvis blogs at

  • Colin Maclay, Berkman Center

    Colin M. Maclay is the Managing Director of the Berkman Center, where he is privileged to work in diverse capacities with its faculty, staff, fellows and extended community to realize its ambitious goals. His broad aim is to effectively and appropriately integrate information and communication technologies (ICTs) with social and economic development, focusing on the changes Internet technologies foster in society, policy and institutions. Both as Co-founder of the Information Technologies Group at Harvard’s Center for International Development and at Berkman, Maclay’s research has paired hands-on multi stakeholder collaborations with the generation of data that reveal trends, challenges and opportunities for the integration of ICTs in developing world communities.

  • Betsy Masiello, Google

    Betsy Masiello is a Policy Analyst on Google’s public policy team and is one of the internal leads for Google’s privacy engineering efforts. Prior to joining Google she was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where she served global telecommunications companies on new business strategies around emerging technology. Academically, Masiello holds a BA in Computer Science from Wellesley College, a MSc in Economics from Oxford where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and an SM from MIT’s Technology & Policy Program.

  • Nicholas Negroponte, MIT

    Nicholas is founder and chairman of the One Laptop per Child non-profit association. He is currently on leave from MIT, where he was co-founder and director of the MIT Media Laboratory, and the Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Technology. A graduate of MIT, Nicholas was a pioneer in the field of computer-aided design, and has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1966. Conceived in 1980, the Media Laboratory opened its doors in 1985. He is also author of the 1995 best seller, Being Digital, which has been translated into more than 40 languages. In the private sector, Nicholas serves on the board of directors for Motorola, Inc. and as general partner in a venture capital firm specializing in digital technologies for information and entertainment. He has provided start-up funds for more than 40 companies, including Wired magazine.

  • Charles Nesson, Berkman Center

    Charles Nesson is the William F. Weld Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and of the Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society. He is author of Evidence, with Murray and Green, and has participated in several cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including the landmark case Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals. In 1971, Nesson defended Daniel Ellsberg in the Pentagon Papers case. He was co-counsel for the plaintiffs in the case against W. R. Grace and Company that was made into the book A Civil Action, which was, in turn, made into the film of the same name. Nesson’s nickname in the book, Billion-Dollar Charlie, was given to him by Mark Phillips, who worked with him on the W.R. Grace case.

  • Martin Nowak

    Martin A. Nowak is Professor of Mathematics and Biology at Harvard University and Director of Harvard’s Program for Evolutionary Dynamics. Dr. Nowak works on the mathematical description of evolutionary processes including the evolution of cooperation and language, the dynamics of virus infections and human cancer. Dr. Nowak has delivered numerous lectures all over the world. He has published three books and more than 300 papers in major scientific journals. His latest book, SuperCooperators (FP, 2011), co-authored with Roger Highfield, shows the power of cooperation in the evolution of animal and human societies.

  • John Palfrey, Berkman Center

    John Palfrey is Henry N. Ess Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School. He is the co-author of “Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives” (Basic Books, 2008) and “Access Denied: The Practice and Politics of Internet Filtering” (MIT Press, 2008). His research and teaching is focused on Internet law, intellectual property, and international law. He practiced intellectual property and corporate law at the law firm of Ropes & Gray. He is a faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Outside of Harvard Law School, he is a Venture Executive at Highland Capital Partners and serves on the board of several technology companies and non-profits. John served as a special assistant at the US EPA during the Clinton Administration. He is a graduate of Harvard College, the University of Cambridge, and Harvard Law School.

  • Julia Scher, Academy of Media Arts Cologne

    Julia Scher grew up in Hollywood California. She received a 1975 B.A. in Painting/Sculpture/Graphic Arts from U.C.L.A., and a 1984 M.F.A. in Studio Arts, from the University of Minnesota. In the last 20 years, her research has explored social control dynamics in the public sphere. The art projects have taken the form of interactive installations, reformulated surveillance, site tours, interventions, performances, photography, writing, web work, linear video, and sound.

  • Jeffrey Schnapp, Harvard Metalab

    Until joining the Harvard University faculty in 2011, Jeffrey T. Schnapp was the director of the Stanford Humanities Lab from its foundation in 2000 through 2010. At Stanford University he occupied the Pierotti Chair in Italian Literature and was professor of French & Italian, Comparative Literature, and German Studies. Though primarily anchored in the field of Italian studies, he has played a pioneering role in several areas of transdisciplinary research and led the development of a new wave of digital humanities work. His research interests extend from antiquity to the present, encompassing the material history of literature, the history of 20th century architecture and design, and the cultural history of science and engineering. Trained as a Romance linguist, Schnapp is the author or editor of twenty books and over one hundred essays on authors such as Virgil, Dante, Hildegard of Bingen, Petrarch, Machiavelli, and Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, and on topics such as late antique patchwork poetry, futurist and dadaist visual poetics, the cultural history of coffee consumption, glass architecture, and the iconography of the pipe in modern art. His book Crowds was the recipient of the Modernist Studies Association prize for best book of 2006.

  • Laurent Stalder, ETHZ

    Laurent Stalder is Assistant Professor of theory of architecture at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland. His focal points of research and publication intersect the history and theory of architecture with the history of technology and society. Recent projects include: “The Thresholdatlas”, a study on microspaces of transition, and “Switzerland: A Technological Pastorale”, a survey of the domestication of the Swiss Landscape since the 18th century.

  • Latanya Sweeney

    Latanya Sweeney, PhD is a Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science, Technology and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and founder and director of the Data Privacy Lab.  She has a long history of weaving technology and policy together to remove stakeholder barriers to technology adoption and has impacted American privacy policy.  Her work is explicitly cited in 2 federal regulations (the HIPAA Privacy Rule and the Health Data Breach Regulation).  In 2009, GAO appointed her to the Federal HIT Policy Committee. She received her PhD in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For more information, see this page.

  • David Weinberger, Berkman Center

    David Weinberger writes about the effect of technology on ideas. He is that author of “Small Pieces Loosely Joined” and “Everything Is Miscellaneous,” and is the co-author of “The Cluetrain Manaifesto.” He is currently working on a book, tentatively titled “Too Big to Know” about the Internet’s effect on how and what we know. Dr. Weinberger is a senior researcher at the Berkman Center. He is also co-director of the Harvard Law School Library Lab, and is a Franklin Fellow at the United States Department of State. He has doctorate in philosophy.

  • Jonathan Zittrain, Berkman Center

    Jonathan Zittrain is Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.  His research interests include battles for control of digital property and content, cryptography, electronic privacy, the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture, human computing, and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education. He performed the first large-scale tests of Internet filtering in China and Saudi Arabia, and now as part of the OpenNet Initiative he has co-edited a series of studies of Internet filtering by national governments, including “Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering,” and “Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace.” He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society, the Board of Directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Board of Advisors for Scientific American.  His book “The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It” is available from Yale University Press and Penguin UK — and under a Creative Commons license.  Papers may be found at <>.

  • Ethan Zuckerman, Berkman Center

    Ethan Zuckerman served a fellow of the Berkman Center from 2003 through 2009. Since 2009, he’s been a senior researcher at the center, working on projects that focus on the impact of technology and media on the developing world and on quantitative analysis of media. With Hal Roberts, he is working on comparative studies of tools for censorship circumvention, techniques for blocking-resistant publishing for human rights sites and on the Media Cloud framework for quantitative study of digital media.