Mehtab Khan is a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. She was previously a Resident Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, and also the Program Director for the Yale/Wikimedia Initiative on Intermediaries and Information.
Her scholarship intersects intellectual property, in particular copyright and trademark law, internet law, privacy, anti-discrimination, and law and ethics of data-driven technologies. She is interested in how technology impacts society, and analyzing the role of law in mitigating and shaping that impact. Her recent academic scholarship includes articles on developing an accountability framework for large-scale AI datasets, regulating Generative AI speech tools, and the impact of AI on the creative industries.
Her doctoral dissertation, completed at Berkeley Law, examines the role of internet platforms in shaping fair use. This research was partly inspired by challenges internet users face to access knowledge and the ways platforms like Google and Wikipedia navigate complex copyright rules to make knowledge more accessible.
Mehtab is a licensed attorney and she has previously worked as a lawyer in the United States, Malaysia, and Pakistan. She has done stints at the Wikimedia Foundation, Creative Commons, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation—three Bay Area institutions that have been at the forefront of many legal battles around digital rights. She holds an LLM and JSD from University of California, Berkeley School of Law.
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