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Christopher Bavitz, a oldewhite man with glasses and a beard, smiles at the camera, selfie-style.

Christopher Bavitz

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Kendra Albert is a Clinical Instructor at the Harvard Law School Cyberlaw Clinic as well as a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. Their legal practice at the clinic focuses on computer security law, the law of software preservation, and freedom of expression issues, where as their classroom teaching covers subjects as disparate as law affecting transgender people and press freedom. They hold a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.H.A. from Carnegie Mellon University.

What’s a freedom of expression issue that you wish got more attention?

How the rollout of tablets in jails and prisons limits reading and educational options for people who are incarcerated.

G.S. Hans is an assistant clinical professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School, where he runs the Stanton Foundation First Amendment Clinic.  His work and scholarship examine how individuals and organizations grapple with the complex legal and policy issues involved with technology and civil liberties. Professor Hans previously served as a Clinical Fellow at the University of Michigan Law School, where he focused on intellectual property and technology law. Professor Hans served as policy counsel and director at the Center for Democracy and Technology in San Francisco, where he worked on a range of technology law and policy issues including speech, privacy and surveillance. He earned both his J.D., cum laude, and his master’s in information at the University of Michigan.

 

What’s a freedom of expression issue that you wish got more attention?

I worry about the state of speech protections for specific populations like students or government employees. I think the U.S. Supreme Court could do more to protect those who speak out regardless of their status. 

 

Christopher Bavitz is the WilmerHale Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He is also Managing Director of HLS’s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. And, he is a Faculty Co-Director of the Berkman Klein Center. Chris teaches the Counseling and Legal Strategy in the Digital Age and Music & Digital Media seminars, and he concentrates his practice activities on intellectual property and media law (particularly in the areas of music, entertainment, and technology). He oversees many of the Cyberlaw Clinic’s projects relating to copyright, speech, advising of startups, and the use of technology to support access to justice, and he serves as the HLS Dean’s Designate to Harvard’s Innovation Lab.

Christopher Bavitz, a oldewhite man with glasses and a beard, smiles at the camera, selfie-style.

Christopher Bavitz

Founding Director

he/him/his

What’s a freedom of expression issue that you wish got more attention? 

I’m interested in the tension between the right and ability to speak anonymously and the right and ability to report lawfully acquired information about matters of public concern. The latter might include revealing the identity of someone who’d prefer their identity not be revealed, underscoring that norms against “doxing” can bump up the journalistic imperative to seek and report the truth. The prospects of naming a whistleblower, informing a company that one of its employees attended a rally while wearing a mask, or reporting on a government official’s use of a pseudonymous social media account bring these issues home in different ways.

Sybil Gelin is a Project Coordinator for Harvard Law School's Cyberlaw Clinic, based at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Previously, Sybil lived and worked in NYC as a Business Immigration Paralegal on behalf of top clients in the e-commerce, entertainment, fashion, and marketing industries. Recently, she earned a degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology in May 2019.

 

What’s a freedom of expression issue that you wish got more attention?

The ever-evolving role of social media platforms in the spreading of misleading and/or fake news through manipulated media such as deepfakes and facial reenactment.

 

Jasjot Kaur is a Project Coordinator for IfRFA. Previously, Jasjot worked as the Enrollment Data Manager at Urban College of Boston - a two year school that focuses on education to those in the urban community traditionally under-served by higher education. Jasjot is most passionate about education and empowerment to individuals in marginalized communities, and Star Wars trivia. They are originally from New Delhi, India, and immigrated to the United States as a child with their mother and older sister over twenty years ago.

What’s a freedom of expression issue that you wish got more attention?

I am interested in providing a voice to those of us who are almost always housing insecure due to the changing markets, high rent, and those of us who are afraid to speak out or speak up due to the fear of being evicted as a backlash from landlords/property managers.

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Header image is Justice, by Diana K. Moore, from outside the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Courthouse in Newark, New Jersey. You can read more about the sculpture here.

 

The Initiative for a Representative First Amendment is a project of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and the Harvard Law School Cyberlaw Clinic. We're proudly funded by the Legal Clinics fund.