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Kate Klonick

Professor, St. John’s University

Affiliate Fellow, Information Society Project, Yale University

Kate Klonick has a background in cognitive psychology, which she applies to the study of emerging issues in law and technology. Specifically, this has included research and work on the internet’s effect on freedom of expression and private platform governance. She also writes and works on issues related to online shaming, artificial intelligence, content moderation, algorithms, privacy, and intellectual property.

Klonick’s current research focuses on the development of Facebook’s new Oversight Board—an independent body that will hear appeals on content from Facebook users and advise the platform about its online speech policies. Thanks to individual grants from the Knight Foundation, Charles Koch Institute, and MacArthur Foundation, she spent over 100 hours interviewing and researching the Governance Team at Facebook, which created the Board from May 2019 to May 2020. The results of this research were published in a feature in the Yale Law Journal in June 2020.

Klonick’s work on these topics has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Southern California Law Review, Maryland Law Review, New Yorker, the New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Lawfare, Vox, The Guardian, and numerous other publications.

Klonick holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Senior Editor at the Georgetown Law Journal and the Founding Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal Online. She also holds a PhD from Yale Law School, where she studied under Jack Balkin, Tom Tyler, and Josh Knobe. Between law school and her time at Yale, I clerked for the Honorable Richard C. Wesley of the Second Circuit and the Honorable Eric N. Vitaliano of the Eastern District of New York.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.