Florian Martin-Bariteau joins Harvard Berkman-Klein Center as Fellow

Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2022

The Centre for Law, Technology and Society is delighted to announce that Faculty member Dr. Florian Martin-Bariteau will join the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University this fall to lead enquiry on human-centric cybersecurity frameworks for responsible AI.

Dr.Florian Martin-Bariteau is the University Research Chair in Technology and Society and Director (on leave) and  Faculty member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa, where he is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section as well as the Director of the AI + Society Initiative.

A technologist and creative turned legal scholar,  Dr. Martin-Bariteau's research focuses on technology law, ethics and policy, with a special interest in blockchain, artificial intelligence, quantum science and technology, cybersecurity, whistleblowers and intellectual property. He is an internationally recognized thought leader on technology policy engaged in shaping frameworks that safeguard rights and liberties in the digital context to build a more secure and inclusive society. 

Dr. Martin-Bariteau will spend his academic year in residence at the Berkman-Klein Centre at Harvard Law School, leading a research enquiry into protection framework for whistleblowers and public interest security researchers in order to promote responsible artificial intelligence (AI) and sociotechnical systems. 

Dr. Martin-Bariteau believes adequate protection for whistleblowers and security researchers will support the deployment and validation of responsible AI and other sociotechnical systems. From Edward Snowden to Christopher Wylie, to Frances Haugen and Sophie Zhang, whistleblowers have revealed recent technological scandals, and have shown that disclosure of security breaches, surveillance, and certain hacktivism is essential for protecting our digital security. They have highlighted failed and malicious governance models and infrastructure design choices enabling surveillance, hate speech, misinformation, and amplifying harm against youth and other marginalized communities online. As previous research has identified policy, legal and digital literacy gaps, it appears essential to develop policy proposals and tools in view of the mission creep of artificial intelligence and robotics, which presents risks to privacy, health and computer security. 


One of the leading research centres in technology and society, the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University has appointed 8 fellows for the 2022-2023 academic year who will cover topics ranging from human rights and the impact of migration technologies, to security researcher protection and pandemic-era knowledge access. The fellowship program aims to “create a protocol, a culture, a spirit that puts the emphasis on being open, being kind, being good listeners, being engaged, being willing to learn from one another.”

Dr. Martin-Bariteau will also leverage this opportunity to build our Centre’s international partnerships through the Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers that was founded by the Berkman-Klein Center and of which our Centre is a member, as well as many of the Centre’s close collaborators around the globe. 


Congratulations to Dr. Martin-Bariteau! 


The Centre would like to extend their congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Dubois, who was also appointment as a Fellow confirming our Centre’s leadership on the global stage. You can read her announcement here.

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