Core

Principal Investigator


Urs Gasser

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.

Director

Sandra Cortesi

Sandra Cortesi is a Fellow at the Berkman Center and the Director of the Youth and Media project. She is responsible for coordinating the Youth and Media’s policy, research, and educational initiatives, and is leading the collaboration between the Berkman Center and UNICEF. At Youth and Media Sandra works closely with talented young people and lead researchers in the field as they look into innovative ways to approach social challenges in the digital world. Together with Berkman Center’s Executive Director Urs Gasser, Berkman Fellow Paulina Haduong, and the Youth and Media team, she focuses on topics such as inequitable access, information quality, risks to safety and privacy, skills and digital literacy, and spaces for participation, civic engagement, and innovation. Sandra supports the following Berkman projects and initiatives: Youth and Media, Student Privacy Initiative, Digital Problem-Solving Initiative, Digital Literacy Resource Platform (DLRP), Harmful Speech Online, and Coding for All. See publications here.

Project Fellows

Andres Lombana-Bermudez

Andres Lombana-Bermudez is a researcher and designer working at the intersection of digital technology, youth, innovation, and learning. His approach is transdisciplinary and collaborative, combining ethnographic and quantitative research methods, design-based research, and media technology design. He is a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and a Research Associate with the Connected Learning Research Network. Andres has worked in the field of digital media and learning for over a decade and collaborated in projects such as the Digital Edge, Youth and Media, the New Media Literacies Project, KLRU-Austin PBS summer STEM, and Clubes de Ciencia Colombia. His dissertation research focused on digital inequalities, immigrant assimilation, and participation gaps among Latino/Hispanic youth. As a fellow at the the Berkman Center, Andres works with the Youth and Media team. He collaborates with the The Digital Literacy Toolkit and Coding for All projects, and supports global and Latin American initiatives such as Digitally Connected and Conectados al Sur. He also continues to research digital equity with a focus on minority populations in the U.S. and Latinamerica. Andres has a doctorate in Media Studies from UT-Austin with concentration in digital literacy and education, a masters in Comparative Media Studies from MIT, and bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Literature from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia.

Team

Briggs DeLoach

Briggs DeLoach is a research assistant whose scholarly interests revolve around Internet identities and norms, and how these concepts shape the conduct of international politics.  During undergrad, he explored a variety of academic areas, ranging from labor history to genocide.  Outside of academia, Briggs promoted youth activism by co-directing the 2013 installment of the nation’s oldest student-run public affairs conference.  He focused the event on youth empowerment around the globe and brought in international experts to brainstorm means of overcoming impediments to empowerment.  He brings a variety of prior experience to the Youth and Media team that includes political campaign work, policy analysis and prescription on Capitol Hill, and financial analysis for a commercial real estate firm.  Briggs enjoys exploring quaint New England towns, skiing, and political activism.  He graduated in May 2015 from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, with Highest Honors in both Political Science and History.

Melodie Ha

Melodie Ha is a recent graduate of Wellesley College, where she majored in Political Science and Chinese Language and Culture. She has previously studied abroad at Fudan University in China, and King’s College London in the UK. Her interests include looking at Chinese social media and web culture, censorship and privacy issues, and cybersecurity. While she was at Wellesley, she competed for the Wellesley Debate Society and served as a tutor for the Chinese department. Melodie enjoys running, kayaking, and is a huge fan of brunch.

Eric Liao

Eric is part of the Youth and Media team and is interested in making podcasts to tell stories related to YaM’s research in an effort to reach a broader audience. After graduating from Harvard in 2013 with a degree in Government, he did a temporary stint in finance before quitting to explore his interests. Eric hails from San Jose, California and would consider going back to the nice weather and beaches after the drought ends and the highly anticipated earthquake hits since he likes to take long showers in peace.

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Paulina Haduong

Paulina Haduong is a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. She holds an Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Linguistics from Yale University. In her spare time she enjoys experimenting with baking bread.