5 Past Events

Study Group - Open to the Public

Digital Economy Study Group

Wed., Mar. 27, 2019 | 4:15pm

AI, robotics, digital platforms, and other technologies are reshaping our economies, societies, and the nature of work. Will new technologies lead to increased unemployment? Does automation make rising inequality economy? How should we regulate competition in a seemingly winner-take-all digital economy? Will different approaches to privacy and data balkanize the internet?  (study group is currently full for spring 2019)

Seminar - Open to the Public

Cultural Affordances of “Emma”, USCIS’s Latina Virtual Assistant

Mon., Mar. 25, 2019 | 4:00pm - 5:15pm

Wexner Building - Room 434 A-B

Dr. Miriam E. Sweeney (University of Alabama) and Dr. Melissa Villa-Nicholas (University of Rhode Island) join us for a conversation on virtual assistants; and how virtual agents are increasingly integrated as ‘user-friendly’ interfaces for e-government and commercial services.

This research investigates the case study of the virtual assistant, ‘Emma’, that is integrated into the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website. This research has implications for how citizen-consumers are made informationally ‘legible’ to the state through their engagement with digital technologies for government services.

This presentation introduces the Emma interface in the context of USCIS services, and explores the cultural affordances of Latina identity as a strategic design choice that extends citizenship and nation-building projects for the state, while masking underlying information and data gathering capabilities.

JFK Jr Forum - Open to the Public

Robotland: The Future of Labor Policy and Work in an AI World

Wed., Feb. 27, 2019 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Harvard Kennedy School - Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum

Join digital HKS and the Institute of Politics, in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, for a conversation on the effect of AI on labor policy and the future of work in the U.S. with confirmed panelists Jason Furman, Dean David Weil (Brandeis University), and Mary L. Gray (Microsoft Research), and moderator David Eaves. (event video available here)

Seminar - Open to the Public

Transforming the Federal Government through New & Innovative Digital Services

Wed., Feb. 27, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:15am

One Brattle Square - Suite 470

Please join David Eaves for a conversation with Sahil Sanghvi and Dan McConnell (Booz Allen Hamilton) on combining social media, mobile, advanced analytics, cloud, blockchain, and the Internet of Things (IoT) with modern techniques including user-centered design, Agile, and DevSecOps to provide powerful digital solutions across the federal government.