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Elettra Bietti

Visiting Fellow


I am a doctoral student at Harvard Law School and my thesis explores the legal and moral obligations of digital platform owners such as Facebook and Google, considering platforms as sites of contestation, where new interests and forms of social organization demand for a reconfiguration of individual rights, entitlements, and duties. I have many draft publications and love to talk about them. I have interests in political economy and moral and political philosophy. My primary thesis supervisor is Yochai Benkler.

As for current affiliations and occupations, I am currently an Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard and a Visiting Fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project. I also teach a Harvard course led by Samantha Power and Cass Sunstein on "Making Change When Change is Hard," and in my spare time do things like create a digital repository on new policy possibilities enabled by Covid-19, write for and collaborate with Privacy International and paint. I also have a Medium blog.

In the recent past, I was a Kennedy Scholar visiting the Law Faculty at the University of Cambridge in the UK and a Eugene P. Beard Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. Prior to starting a doctorate, I was a lawyer at a magic circle firm in London and Brussels, focusing on intellectual property disputes, EU and antitrust law and also worked in film sales for a brief period. I hold an LLB (Hons) degree from University College London, an LLM from Harvard Law School and a Diploma in IP Law and Practice from Oxford University. I am qualified to practice law in New York, USA, and England and Wales, UK.