Velislava Hillman, a CAMRI PhD graduate from the University of Westminster, has been announced as a fellow by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University as part of the Center’s networked community for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Velislava will continue to build upon her research around children’s perspectives on what they learn and create with digital media technologies in and outside of school. Her focus will be developing platforms based on decentralised technologies that enable children to take an active part in shaping education.

Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she will join a vibrant community of research and practice and will work alongside Berkman Klein faculty, students, staff and affiliates. They pursue a wide range of research methods, networking efforts and educational activities, as well as coding, prototyping and building.

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society mission is to address issues at the intersection of technology and society, focusing on the impact in the public interest. Their fellowship program aims to “create a protocol, a culture, a spirit that puts emphasis on being open, being kind, being good listeners, being engaged, being willing to learn from one another”.

As part of the program, Velislava will have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty associates and affiliates from institutions around the world. The Berkman Klein Center’s partnerships are fundamental to their work because they increase their capacity to generate opportunities for lasting impact.

George Bemis, Professor of International Law and Professor of Computer Science at Harvard, said: “What they share is a commitment to advancing the public interest, in the ways in which they each define it, and a willingness to bring their talents and energies to bear on refining ideas, through engagement with BKC peers and others who have differing viewpoints and methodologies.”

Read about the Berkman Klein Center 2018-2019 entire community.  

Find out more about the Communication and Media Research Institute at the University of Westminster.

Find out more about the Research Degrees in Media, Arts and Design offered at the University of Westminster.

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