The Clare Hall Tanner Lectures 2020

Gaining Power, Losing Control

Professor Jonathan L. Zittrain

George Bemis Professor of International Law, Harvard University, Professor of Computer Science, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor, Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Lecture 1 - Between Abdication and Suffocation: Three Eras of Governing Digital Platforms

Lecture 2 -With Great Power Comes Great Ignorance: What’s Wrong When Machine Learning Gets It Right

The lectures will be held at 5.00 pm on Monday, 20 January 2020 at Robinson College Auditorium.  As in previous years, the lectures will be delivered in sequence, with a short break in between.

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On Tuesday 21 January, Dr Stephen Cave, Executive Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge, Professor Martin Rees, Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics, University of Cambridge, and Professor Sophia Roosth, Frederick S. Danziger Associate Professor in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University, will respond, each approaching Professor Zittrain's lecture from different perspectives. This will also take place at The Auditorium, Robinson College starting at 5.00 pm.

Professor Jonathan Zittrain Biography

Jonathan Zittrain is the George Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School and Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Director of the Harvard Law School Library, and co-founder of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and 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 is currently focused on the ethics and governance of artificial intelligence and teaches a course on the topic. His book, The Future of the Internet -- And How to Stop It, predicted the end of general purpose client computing and the corresponding rise of new gatekeepers.  That and other works may be found here.