The Harvard Kennedy School’s Technology and Public Purpose (TAPP) Project and New America’s Public Interest Technology teams will host a workshop focused on data privacy and design. The purpose of this workshop is to educate and enrich each participant’s knowledge of the multifaceted complexities inherent in issues surrounding data privacy by bringing together a room full of experts from various disciplines, communities of practice, and backgrounds. 


The workshop is designed to provide opportunities for experts from all sectors to exchange ideas and potential solutions for advancing data rights and data privacy.

Participating Organizations:

  • AAA
  • ACLU
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC
  • Berkman Klein Center
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Center for Open Data Enterprise (CODE)
  • Common Cause
  • Data and Society
  • Ethics Lab at Georgetown University
  • Georgetown University Law Center: Center on Privacy & Technology
  • Belfer Center’s Technology and Public Purpose (TAPP) Project
  • HWG Law
  • Institute for Technology Law & Policy at Georgetown Law
  • Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Lyft
  • Mapbox
  • Mozilla Foundation
  • National Hispanic Media Coalition
  • Open Technology Institute at New America
  • Public Interest Technology at New America
  • Property Rights at New America
  • Results for America | Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities Initiative
  • Sage Bionetworks
  • Salesforce
  • Senate and House staffers
  • Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy
  • Simply Secure
  • Tech Congress


9:00-9:15  Registration and Breakfast

9:15-9:30  Welcome + Goals for the Day

Stephanie Nguyen, Harvard Kennedy School

9:30-10:30  Lightning Talks: Understanding Privacy Across Sectors

John Wilbanks, Sage Bionetworks

Tom Lee, Mapbox

Jasmine McNealy, Berkman Klein Center

Marla Hay & Glenn Sorrentino, Salesforce

Moderator: Hong Qu, Harvard Kennedy School

10:30-10:45  Break

10:45-12:15  Small Group Discussion Sessions

Topic 1: Policy + Regulation

Topic 2: Design + Markets

Topic 3: Civil Rights + Advocacy

Participants will break up into assigned groups to discuss approaches to address industry and societal concerns on data privacy.

12:15-12:30  Key Takeaways + Next Steps

Laura Manley, Harvard Kennedy School

12:30-1:00  Networking Lunch

1:00 End

Organizing Partners

Technology and Public Purpose (TAPP) Project | Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Technological change has brought immeasurable benefits to billions through improved health, productivity, and convenience. Yet as recent events have shown, unless we actively manage their risks to society, new technologies may also bring unforeseen destructive consequences. Making technological change positive for all is the critical challenge of our time. We ourselves - not only the logic of discovery and market forces - must manage it. To create a future where technology serves humanity as a whole, we need a new approach.

To this end, Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs has launched a new endeavor, the Technology and Public Purpose (TAPP) Project. Led by Belfer Center Director, MIT Innovation Fellow, and former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, the TAPP Project works to ensure that emerging technologies are developed and managed in ways that serve the overall public good.  

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Public Interest Technology Team | New America

New America’s Public Interest Technology team connects technologists to public interest organizations. We aim to improve services to vulnerable communities and strengthen local organizations that serve them.We are engineers, designers, product managers, and researchers. Our approach starts and ends with user needs. We believe in humanity, humans, and human-centered design. We design and deploy technology that serves people and solves problems, not technology for technology’s sake.

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Directions + Contacts

New America
740 15th Street, N.W. Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005

The closest cross street is 15th & H Streets, NW and we are in the building that houses Joe's Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab.

The closest Metro station is McPherson Square which is on the Blue/Silver/Orange lines.

You will be required to sign in at the guard's desk in the lobby of the building and required to show a government issued ID.

Once you have signed in, the concierge/guard will provide you elevator access to the 9th floor which is an open lobby.